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Hogan’s Killer Sharp – Innovative Cider Making

Introducing Hogan’s Killer Sharp!

A couple of years ago we rubbed shoulders with Allen Hogan at a Dublin trade fair to introduce Ireland to Hogan’s superb Dry & Medium Ciders, Hogan’s Vintage Perry and of course their Oak Aged Apple brandy.

While some of their branding may have changed since then, Allen’s commitment to proper cider making and tradition stays the same.

Well… almost!

Echoing innovative new techniques and classic practices within the craft beer world, Hogan’s have launched a series of innovative ciders aimed at showcasing their skills and broadening the appreciation of their beloved craft.

And as fans of Belgian Lambic and foeder beer ourselves, one of these innovative launches caught our attention right away!

We asked Richard Davies at Hogans, what their inspiration was behind their new sour cider “Killer Sharp”.

“Over the last 3 years, the market has been swamped with mass market products, ‘dumbed down’ with cheap, flavoured ciders made with concentrate and artificial sugars. We were looking for the best way to showcase our cider-making skills and maintain our reputation as a premium cider-maker without resorting to adding a quirky flavour or cutting corners with concentrate. We looked at what our friends in the craft beer world were doing with different yeast strains and unusual fermentation techniques (sours, barrel ageing, etc….) and decided to experiment.

We fermented a batch of fresh pressed cider apple juice with a strain of brettanomyces yeast (brettanomyces Bruxelles) to reflect the wild yeast used in the production of Lambic beers. The brettanomyces has the effect of ‘souring’ the cider and creating a unique ‘funk’ in terms of both aroma and taste. Unlike a ‘soured beer’ (where the sourness hits you ‘up front’) the sourness in Killer Sharp hits you at the back. It’s balanced by an initial sweetness, followed by a tannic dryness (from the cider apples).”

Richard goes on to explain that this base cider for Killer Sharp is completely different to their traditional range and they’ve got more exciting plans in place for additional experimentation towards the end of the year!

In the mean time, fans of sour beer and cider alike will get a kick out of Killer Sharp – Gold Medal Winner of Speciality Cider in the International Cider Awards held in Burton upon Trent in March 2017. A fresh, earthy and rebellious cider with a fierce and tangy soured apple edge. This is a feisty but proper cider with a twist for those brave enough to try something different. At 5.8% it’s delicately balanced, light and nuanced in flavour.

Ask for it now at all good independent off licences nationwide.

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Rodenbach – Yes We Can!

While January brings change elsewhere in the world, we’re sure this development will be a sight for sore eyes.

2017 sees the release on Irish beer fans of the renowned classic Rodenbach in a 330ml can! And we’re confident @premierintbeers we can all agree this is a very welcome thing indeed!

Whether you’re on a path of discovery with new beer styles or a veteran beer lover, Rodenbach, Flanders red-brown ale is a true classic among beer, let alone “sour” ales.

A mixed fermentation including secondary fermentation and maturation in oak casks (“foeders”) give it the same sweet-sour flavour and complex fruitiness as wine. RODENBACH consists of 3/4 young beer and 1/4 beer matured two years in oak, although blend vary in the more refined Rodenbach Gran Cru, or the recently releases of Rodenbach Vintage and Rodenbach Alexander.

And did we say it’s now in a can? Available in off-licences and bars from January onwards in limited quantities.

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Introducing Tempest Brewery

This January saw the release of 5 beers in Ireland from acclaimed Scottish micro-brewery Tempest, following a successful year in which the brewery won several awards and received great applause at the first ever Scottish Beer Awards.

Founded by, Scotsman Gavin and New Zealander Annika, Tempest’s beers exhibit fantastic balance while embracing a myriad of styles and flavour combinations – a testament to the duo’s experiences in the restaurant world, Gavin’s previous life as a chef and Annika hailing from New Zealand, the land of hops! Their experiences from as far as British Columbia, to Christchurch New Zealand and finally resting in Scotland are plain to see as their beers display creative flare and skill that can only come from a balanced and tested palate.

Tempest Brewing Co was born in April 2010 and following expansion is now situated in a 30HL brewery in Tweedbank, in the Scottish Borders.

Premier International Beers have proudly released 5 Tempest Brews and these are already on shelves and bar counters across Ireland. If you’re lucky enough to try one please get in touch @PremierIntBeers, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.

Tempest Long White Cloud (Extra Pale Ale)

Tempest Brave New World IPA (India Pale Ale)

Tempest Unforgiven Red Rye (Smoked Red Ale)

Tempest Red Eye Flight (Coffee Porter)

Tempest Marmalade On Rye (Double IPA)