Arkell’s has released its final ale in the 2016 Flavour Collection. At 4.5%, Vanilla Pod Ale is out across Arkell’s estate of pubs throughout the month of May.
Head brewer Alex Arkell, launched his new Flavour range back in January, kicking off with Strawberry Sensation, a 5% ABV ale with a dash of strawberry followed by the hugely popular A Tinge of Ginge (3.5% ABV with a hint of ginger), which he first launched in 2015. Vanilla Pod Ale is the final flourish in this trio of flavours. It has a sweet rounded base, using the fruity Jarrylo hop from the United States added on top.
“The fantastic thing about experimenting with different ingredients is that the results aren’t always what you might imagine,” says Alex. “The Jarrylo hop brings a banana like flavour to the beer onto which we add vanilla at the end of fermentation. The mix is a deliciously fruity treat with a distinct dry finish. Perfect for early summer drinking, rain or shine. A good thing I think with the current British weather. You can drink Vanilla Pod Ale in galoshes or sandals.”
Alex spends his life either brewing beer or tasting it, which means spending time visiting pubs across the UK. “It’s a tough life, I suppose, but someone’s got to do it. The brewing industry is the most exciting it’s been for years and I’m constantly inspired by what everyone else is doing. No tastes and flavours are off the table when I sit down to devise a new beer.”
Vanilla Pod ale is available across Arkell’s estate of pubs throughout May and June.