Wasky Burton Ale
Foggy Noggin Brewing
A Note on This Beer
Before the IPA took over the world in the 19th century, the most popular export beverage was the Burton Ale. With IPA-like levels of hops, sturdy malts and strong minerality, Burtons survived many long ocean journeys before falling into obscurity.
Jim Jamison of Foggy Noggin Brewing is working long and hard to bring this style back with his Wasky Burton Ale. In it he replicates the famous Burton-on-Trent mineral heavy water profile to perfection, melding it with the hearty flavors of brown sugar, molasses, and hops.
Wasky pours amber with an everlasting creamy head. Aromas of hay and fresh grains mingle with fruity yeast esters of a British Ale. The special yeast adds flavors of apples and blackberries to the roast sugars of the Maris Otter malts.
Balanced malts give way to the plentiful hop bill which features four of Britain’s most iconic varieties: Target, Northern Brewer, Fuggle, and Goldings. Together the hops create smooth woody earthiness and a sturdy 79 IBUs that linger on the tongue. Wasky’s water profile cuts through all the hoppy vegetation with sulfates, calcium, and carbonates, creating a bone dry finish that resembles San Pellegrino.
This fresh batch of Wasky Burton Ale was made special for Tavour. Since Burtons are traditionally aged, you may want to replicate that authentic “shipped across the ocean” feel by hiding Wasky in the back of the garage for a few months.
Most people believe that the modern IPA evolved directly from the Burton Ale. However, unlike many IPAs, Wasky is anything but one noted.
With distinct minerality accompanied by bold layers of flavor, Burton Ales as fine as Wasky are worthy of being the next throwback style. Delicious and unique, it deserves to relive some of the glory it enjoyed as the world’s most popular beer.
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