Wadworth, the Devizes-based family brewer and pub operator, has announced its seasonal ales for 2018. Four brand new beers have been added to make up the range of 10, with firm favourites including Old Timer and Farmers Glory making a comeback with rejuvenated, bolder pump clips designed to stand out on the bar.
To kick off the FIFA World Cup, Wadworth will launch Studs Up, to be available throughout June and July. It has a 4% ABV and is carefully blended using four hop varieties; Challenger, Bramling Cross, Delta and Citra – giving the beer a rounded, satisfying bite. In a nod to Stonehenge and Wadworth’s heritage, Wadworth Game of Stones will then launch in August. The golden ale has a sessionable ABV of 3.8% and is paired best with fatty meat, BBQ chicken and tomato-based Italian dishes to really bring out its hidden depth of flavour.
As winter approaches, Wadworth will be launching both Red and Big Baubles. Tapping into American craft brewing, Red is a ruby American Pale Ale bursting with pine and citrus aromas and countered by notes of earth, spice and berries, with a 4.6% ABV.
Big Baubles is Wadworth’s brand-new Christmas ale set to replace Dray Bells. With a 4.9% ABV, it taps into the growing trend of fruited pale ales, with rich berry sweetness from the real cranberries that are added during the brewing process to produce its distinctive flavour and pale red colour. The ale is perfectly matched with a pub Christmas dinner, tasting great alongside Wensleydale cheese, pigs in blankets and berry cheesecake too.
Wadworth has also cemented Epic Brew into its seasonal range after it proved extremely popular after being brewed as a one-off exclusive. Brewed using 100% British hops, with an ABV of 4.5%, the ale is perfectly matched with a light vegetable risotto, fishcakes or a Thai green curry and will be available throughout May.
Jonathan Thomas, Sales Director at Wadworth, commented: “We’re excited to start the year by announcing our brand new seasonal ale range. The brewing team have done an absolutely brilliant job with the beers and we already have listings with national pub companies meaning pub goers up and down the country will be able to enjoy them. It is important to keep our range fresh, bringing customers the very best ales we can – and we truly believe we have done this with the 2018 range.”