Most of my days currently begin with a cup of tea and end with glass of beer. What these drinks both have in common is that they’re brewed. It wasn’t exactly a eureka moment when I made that connection, but it at least made me go “huh”and text my girlfriend. Both of the beverages could probably be considered staples of British culture – as stereotypical as Stephen Fry walking the Queen’s corgis. They’re both wonderful, and each has their time and place. However, if you are undecided which brewed beverage you are hankering for, we’ve got a few different options for you. One may typically be drunk hot and the other cold, but that doesn’t mean don’t make for brilliant partners.
Moor Beer Co – Rider’s Revival
3.8% Pale Ale
This beer was a collaboration with Canton Tea. These guys, based in Bristol like Moor, have been producing tea since 2007. All their produce is from carefully selected family-run farms to ensure that it is both of the highest quality, and also ethically sourced. In this particular beer, Moor use Canton’s Jasmine Pearl green tea. Brewed as an American pale ale, Rider’s Revival has a a floral nose with more gentle tropical fruit aromas. The jasmine works perfectly with a peachy, light grapefruit bitterness and ends with a sweet tea finish.
Siren – Love of Work
3.6% Blonde
Brewed in collaboration with Hill Farmstead, Vermont, this was a firm favourite amongst staff and customers when on growler fill. A blonde ale with earl grey and then vigorously dry-hopped, the tea is not immediately discernible above the hoppy aromas. Instead, there is a slight tannic quality from the tea that offers a different style of bitterness, and also makes the beer dry, keeping it drinkable.
Yeastie Boys – Gunnamatta
6.5% IPA
From the New Zealand brewery, this IPA is always one of the first to go at any beer festival. Despite the high ABV, this beer has a slightly restrained hop profile. The aroma is of more floral hops and a big nose of Earl Grey. There is only a slight bitterness in the flavour, but you can tell why this beer is so popular! Huge flavours of bergamot orange and slightly peppery dry finish make this beer very drinkable despite its ABV.
Marble – Earl Grey
6.8% IPA
From one of Manchester’s finest, this beer has a slightly more well-rounded bitterness than most IPAs of similar strength. There are the typical grapefruit and peach flavours, which are slightly muted in this beer. Instead, the tea offers a bittersweet, ginger spiciness to this beer which makes it incredibly refreshing. Once again, far too easy drink for it’s not insignificant ABV.
Roosters – High Tea IPA
6.2% IPA
Originally a collaboration with Melissa Cole and Taylors of Harrogate, this is now available in cans. The coming together of one of the UK’s most innovative breweries, accomplished beer judge and author, and respected tea companies is an almost guaranteed recipe for success. The pale malt backbone gives the blend of hops and jasmine green tea a chance to shine through. The aroma is slightly woody and citrusy, with not much on the nose in the way of tea. However, the floral, tannic flavours work well with a slightly piney hop flavour on the finish.