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With the deep nutty aromas of Curious Porter filling the brewhouse recently, another abundant vineyard harvest juicing down in tank, and seasonal dark damp days descending, it feels like the perfect time to jot out an update of all things Curious coming this Autumn.
We’ve been humbled to welcome so many people over the summer months to the brewery for tours, and visiting the restaurant and taproom. Thank you so much for all the wonderful feedback. Enquiries are coming in thick and fast for Christmas bookings, and we will release details of what to expect from our Christmas programme and menu in the next few weeks.
If you follow us on our social channels, you might have noticed the branding updates coming through recently to our packaging. Our previous branding has served us incredibly well, but with the opening of our new ‘cathedral of brewing’ in Ashford, we felt the time was right to invest in a rebrand that really aligns with our aspiration to become the UK’s leading premium beer brand. We’re really pleased with the contemporary and super premium styling and dynamic use of our unique signature corkscrew question mark brand icon. Do watch out for this coming through to the shelves on all our beers and cider over the next few weeks. And don’t worry. There are no changes to the beers, just a new jacket!
Voting recently opened for the annual Taste of Kent Awards. This event is such a great celebration for high quality local produce which here at Curious Brewing and Chapel Down we’re thrilled to play a small part in. Across the categories are entrants from incredibly passionate people, absolutely uncompromising in their approach in order to deliver the best possible experiences of Kent food and drink. You’ll find some of our beers, wines, cider and venues in the various categories. If you’ve enjoyed our drinks and your experiences of our hospitality this year we would be so appreciative of your vote. Find out more
Finally, let’s talk beer!
In the last few months we have been proud to secure awards for our beers at The International Beer Challenge and The World Beer Awards, culminating in the incredible news we were awarded the UK Brewer of the Year at The International Beer Challenge 2019. And we’re excited that from our beautiful new Ashford home we’ve recently been working on some new beeriness that we hope you’ll look forward to trying and enjoying!
First up, and I called it out upfront, Curious Porter is coming back!! Deep and complex, this delicious London Porter is slowly matured on winemaker’s vanilla oak to bring a smooth balanced sweetness to a naturally bitter beer. We’ll be launching this beer on the taps at the brewery at 6pm on Thursday 7th November, with bottles coming off the line the following week.
Some of you will already have tried our refreshingly dry and aromatic Brut IPA on draught at the brewery or in some of our local customers. Well great news is we will be releasing this effervescent IPA in bottle on the 14th of November, just in time to start stocking up for Christmas.
Also, our love of Brut IPA’s is taking a few extra turns this Autumn. From late October, watch out for our new Cuvee IPA. We’ve brewed with Lemon Drop hops in this citrusy twist on our Brut IPA and this will be available for a limited time only exclusively in Majestic stores across the country.
One final twist. With our unique ‘brewed by winemaker’s’ philosophy in mind, our head brewer Matt reached out to our head winemaker Josh to get his hands on some freshly pressed Bacchus juice from this year’s Tenterden harvest to brew a prestige Brut IPA sparkling with qualities of modern award winning English wine. Expect a fresh and zesty palate with flavours of gooseberry, lime, kiwi and freshly cut grass leading to a crisp, dry finish. We’ll be launching this beer on the taps at the brewery at 6pm on Friday 8th November, with 330ml cans coming off the line the following week. This is one not to miss, so book the dates in your diary and grab a table at the brewery. I’ll see you at the bar!