Judging by the number of champagne offers you see around this time of year the supermarkets clearly think we’re going to on the bubbly this Easter but I’ve got a more offbeat suggestion: a cracking beer from my favourite local brewer, The Wild Beer Co.
It’s called Ninkasi which they say is named after an ancient Greek goddess of beer (hmmm. Really?*) and is a sparkling Belgian style saison, blended with apple juice and fermented with champagne yeast. (The brewery is aptly named.)
You’d think from that it might taste like cider but it doesn’t - more like a fresh, appley but generously hopped pale ale crossed with a witbier. Utterly delicious. You could happily drink it as an aperitif instead of champagne or other sparkling wine (it would be great with some smoked salmon nibbles) but I think it would also take you through a roast chicken, pork or a posh main course like salmon en croute. It’s a substantial 9% ABV.
I also like the fact it’s bottled in a full-size bottle with a wax seal which makes it look very celebratory
You can buy it in and around Bristol** and online from Beer Ritz for £7.28 a bottle (or six for £43.70) Obviously that won’t get it to you in time for Easter but think of getting some in for the coming months. It would great for a wedding.
* I’m wrong. There is a Mesopotamian goddess of beer according to Wikipedia.
**Both Corks of Cotham and Grape & Grind have stock at the moment at £6.49 and £6.99 respectively. I suspect that will increase given the demand for it. It seems ridiculously good value for a craft beer of this quality.
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