Britain’s brewers continue to bring new brews to the market that feature the wonderful Damson as a plummy keynote to their drinks. Here’s a roundup of recently introduced and discovered Porters, Stouts, a Mild, and a Belgian-style Sour, some of which may be more easily tried and bought in and around the locality of their makers.
Damson Porter from the Ashover Brewery in Clay Cross, Derbyshire – a 4.8% abv porter ‘made using an abundance of wild locally grown damsons’.
Postman’s Plum Porter from Hobsons in Cleobury Mortimer, made with local Shropshire Prune Damsons – a rich 5% abv porter available from early November in bottles and late November / December for cask.
Fullers of London Damson Porter – a 4.6% abv ‘dark and delicious porter that captures the sweet and sour flavours of Autumnal ripened damsons’.
Mild Threat Damson & Juniper Strong Mild, 5.6% abv – from the Cwrw ial Community Brewing Company near Eryrys, North Wales.
Plum Porter, 5% abv, from Suffolk’s St Peter’s Brewery with ‘background notes of damson’.
Damson Stout, 5% abv from the Melwood Beer Company in Knowsley Park on Merseyside.
Damson Stout from the Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley, Cumbria, a 4.5% abv ‘dry oatmeal stout in which whole damsons from Cumbria’s Lyth Valley have been steeped’.
Sour Damson – a version of the London Sour from the Kernel Brewery in London – a 5% abv ‘blend of barrel-aged beer and fresh saison, aged in tank with Kentish damsons for five months’.
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