It has been a while since the last Midweek Drink was published; and I couldn’t be more happier to return and begin reviewing another drink. The reason for the absence? Well, the LightDrinks team have been very busy with moving from one big unit to an even bigger unit, having the privilege of meeting Real Kombucha and Nirvana Brewery face-to-face and looking into going international! Not bad for a business like us that’s only been going for a year.
So for today’s choice of drink - which is well needed in this blistering heat! - I have chosen Thornbridge Big Easy Pale Ale.
A brief history of Thornbridge Brewery
Thornbridge Brewery was founded in 2005 in Bakewell, Derbyshire at Thornbridge Hall (a 10 barrel brewery). Fast-forward four years, another brewery called the Riverside (a 30 barrel brewery) is opened in Bakewell to meet the demands of thirsty mouths. Why the two breweries? Thornbridge Hall is where the experimentation and barrel-ageing happens whereas Riverside is where you see great innovation and new technology at work to produce large quantities of bottles and kegs.
The brewery has also won more than 350 awards including Best Drinks Producer at the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards 2014 whilst distributing their arrange of alcoholic beverages to over 30 countries!
Three senses and a beverage
The ingredients used are: Barley, Wheat, Hops (Amarillo and Cascade) and Yeast.
This Pale Ale has an alcohol content of 0.5% and is contained in a 330ml glass bottle. The artwork on the front of the bottle has an image of a woman playing with her hair with a wreath of roses around her head.
So after a few hours sitting in the fridge, the pale ale is chilled and ready to crack open. As you pour the pale ale into a glass, you get to visualise its clear, liquid gold colour as it races to the top with minimal head and low carbonation. When you place your nose above the glass, you get a fruity aroma with strong notes of peach. And for the taste, my tastebuds danced for joy from the crisp and fruity flavours that blend nicely with the subtle bitterness at the back of the tongue.
Buy Thornbridge Big Easy Pale Ale
You can buy Thornbridge Big Easy Pale Ale from just £1.59 per bottle.