What happens when you combine a crisp, clean German lager with a sweet, malty Amber Ale? A Steam Beer is born.
This style of beer, often referred to as a “California Common” is a US-style hybrid brew dating all the way back to the 1800s. It’s the newest addition to the Burnley tap list, showcasing a subtle fruity flavour alongside herbal, hoppy notes and a pop of caramel malts.
Steam beers are traditionally creating by using lager yeasts at (warmer) temperatures normally reserved for making ales. The result is a very effervescent brew with a complex flavour profile. If you can’t decide whether you prefer an ale or a lager, this amber-coloured brew offers the best of both worlds. It’s been a hit since we released it a few days ago and won’t be around long.
Be sure to pay us a visit over the next few days to give it a taste. And if you’re interested in trying other new releases before they hit the taps, pop by on a Monday for our free brewery tours and tasting sessions. Not only will we offer small tastes off the tank, but also larger tasters of our “in-progress” beers as part of our Monday tasting paddles. More info to come, so watch this space.
Malts: Ale, Vienna, Munich Light, Crystal Light, Crystal Medium, Victory | Hops: Northern Brewer, Cascade | Plato: 11.5ᵒP | Colour: 24 EBC | Bitterness: 39 IBU | ABV: 4.8%
We love hoppy beers. We love sour beers. So why wouldn’t we combine the two?
Hopped beers sometimes exhibit sour characteristics but sour beers are rarely very hoppy, instead favouring a mild sweet-tart composition… Til now.
Our hop-forward version of a common sour offers a crisp, bold flavour profile with a refreshing, tangy twist. It’s slightly higher ABV than your standard sour at 5.3% (most fall somewhere around 4). It features four different hops and three malts, creating a perfectly balanced brew that doesn’t shock the taste buds. This easy-to-drink, light-coloured beer begs to be sipped on a hot summer day. Good thing there are plenty of those coming up this week.
It pairs well with tangy cheeses (like gorgonzola, featured in our arancini) as well as seafood (we recommend our barramundi burger). Our sorbet would also beautifully highlight the sourness of the beer. If you’re feeling cheeky, mix a bit into your beer – We won’t judge.
Malts: Cara Red, Ale, Melanoidin | Hops: Challenger, Centennial, Amarillo, Cascade | Plato: 12ᵒP | Colour: 8 EBC |
Bitterness: 35 IBU | ABV: 5.3%
We’ve done quite a few collaboration brews in just over one year of business, but we’ve yet to partner with a community of beer-enthusiasts quite as specific as this one. The group in question is á BLOC, they hail from the Netherlands, and their target market is sports enthusiasts who want to imbibe while maintaining peak athletic performance.
The solution is not to provide health-conscious beer lovers with watered-down “near bears” (should be called “brings me to tear beers”)…
Instead, á BLOC is dedicated to crafting low-alcohol and low-calorie beers that taste just as amazing as any full-strength craft brew. They are not just a beer brand but a lifestyle brand, proving that a healthy lifestyle and a penchant for craft beer are not mutually exclusive. While á BLOC’s beers are primarily aimed at cyclists, they can be beneficial for all sorts of athletes.
So where does Burnley come into all of this?
Recently, we worked with á BLOC to create an Ultralight IPA fit for sports enthusiasts or anyone else seeking a light yet flavourful beer. It stands at just 1.2%, meaning you can have a couple after a ride and still be fit to drive home. Given our beer’s low energy composition, they won’t blow your diet and can fit comfortably into a weight-conscious nutrition plan.
But that’s not all! They may even be able to improve athletic performance given their ‘secret’ ingredient: pure Alpine minerals. These minerals have been proven to improve the osmotic quality of the beer, replenish minerals lost after a workout, and enhance the beer’s flavour.
And flavourful it is. We’re of the opinion that á BLOC beers are some of the first low-alcohol varieties that actually taste good, which is why we’re so excited to partner with them. If you would like to taste this refreshing and very sessionable beer for yourself, be sure to keep up with our social channels, as we’ll be announcing the official release and subsequent stockists in the weeks to come. Cheers!