Gwynne Thomas, of Conwy Brewery in Llysfaen, said that they infused lamb lamb in the brewing process to create its unique ‘Sunday Toast’ blend – which aims to combine the aromas of a roast with a dark ale. Brewery slow-roasted Welsh lamb, before adding the dissolved meat juices and sugar and keeping the brew warm for a week.
Mr Thomas said: “Seasonal beers are a speciality of ours, but we wanted to do something really different to celebrate our country’s national day. Welsh lamb is renowned all over the world as being the best lamb around and Wales is very proud of it.”He added, “As a brewer, it’s great to celebrate this by bottling the essence of Welsh Lamb in a beer and we’re truly delighted with the end result.”This is not the first time brewers have gone on a quest for that extra-special ingredient.
American couple Tom and Athena Seefurth hit the headlines two years ago when they announced their special brew – the Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer.Flying Dog Ales, Virginia-based brewers originally launched its Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout, which is infused with local Rappahannock River oysters, as a limited-edition concoction. But it did so well that they now offer it in all seasons.
US company Rogue offers Chipotle Ale – a brew which is delicately spiced with smoked Jalapeno peppers, dedicated to Spanish author Juan de la Cueva – who wrote about a Mexican dish featuring seedless chipotles with beer in 1575.Rogue also brews a Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale – featuring applewood-smoked bacon and maple syrup from Portland – recommended for drinking with pork or pastries’.
Michigan’s Right Brain Brewery’s award-winning Mangalitsa Pig Porter – deliciously made with Mangalitsa pig heads and bones for the meat lovers. They took a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2011 in the Experimental category.LA-based Berliner Weisse, made with homemade pickles, and the French Sip, brewed with beef bouillon and au jus – recently held an ‘Avocado Festival’ to celebrate brewer Dieter Foerstner’s guacamole-inspired Avocado Ale.A new Belgium Brewing’s Coconut Curry Hefeweizen, flavoured with coconut, cayenne, cinnamon, coriander, fenugreek seed, ginger root, kaffir and lime leaf, and Williams Bros Brewing Co’s Kelpie Seaweed Ale.
British brewers Wells & Young’s – who also developed Banana Bread Beer and Double Chocolate Stout – based their Sticky mToffee Pudding Ale on the quintessentially British dessert. Shorts Brewing Company, Michigan, sells a key lime pie beer – brewed with fresh limes, milk sugar, graham cracker, and marshmallow fluff.Willoughby Brewing Company, Cleveland, offers a ‘Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter’, infused with locally roasted coffee, peanut butter and chocolate.