I have been a big fan of The Wild Beer Co ever since I was first introduced to them early this year by my friend & neighbour Paul who has known founders Brett & Andrew since Uni(at least I think that’s how he knows them). The beers coming out of their brewery in Lower Westcombe Farm Somerset have such personality & depth of flavour.
Here’s my tasting notes on 2 of them:
Scarlet Fever Red Ale 4.8% abv
Eye- Deep auburn, root beer red foam
Nose- Grapefruit, dark chocolate, toasted coffee beans, pistachio, caramel apple
Palate- Tart red fruit, serious, warming bitterness, dry woody finish
Verdict- This ain’t your typical red ale, very mature and refined. Wants food this. Game, mature cheese or anything with mushrooms would love it.
Epic Saison 5%abv
Eye- Deep yellow, buzzing bubbles, thick individual bubble foam
Nose- Jasmine, mango, dried pineapple, ginger snaps
Palate- Deep apricot, complex jagermiester herbs, long luscious zest super clean finish
Verdict- Saison is a very popular style right now. I love good Saison. This is bloody good Saison! (I recently had their Solera Saison on keg and was equally impressed with it)
So whether they come in wickedly branded bottles or on keg their beers are well worth getting into.