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Bengali Tiger - exclusive beer for JD Wetherspoon by Adnams and Sixpoint Brewery

By Belinda Jennings, also posted in News on

Bengali Tiger brewed at Adnams for J.D. Wetherspoon'Bengali Tiger', a 6.4% abv beer, is the latest of a series of collaborative brews between Adnams and a selection of some of the best American craft breweries exclusively for JD Wetherspoon. Heather McReynolds and Jan Matysiak from Sixpoint Brewery in Brooklyn, New York, visited Adnams Master Brewer Belinda Jennings in August to produce Bengali Tiger which will be available in Wetherspoon's pubs in September. Bengali Tiger is part of the core range of beers brewed by Sixpoint back home in Brooklyn and is brewed with East Anglian Pale Ale malt, Cara and light Crystal malt. Hops are added at many stages throughout the boil, whirlpool and fermentation process, and these include Centennial, Galaxy, Columbus, Cascade, Chinook, Simcoe and Magnum. Bengali Tiger is full bodied, with some caramel notes and packed full of a fruity, citrus, grapefruit bitterness and aroma. Belinda explains: [caption id="attachment_13479" align="alignright" width="320"]Jan, Belinda and Heather enjoying Broadside Ice Cream on Southwold beach Jan, Belinda and Heather enjoying Broadside Ice Cream on Southwold beach[/caption] We first met Jan Matysiak (Brewmaster) and Heather McReynolds (Brewer) at The Crown in Southwold. After a quick catch-up it was time to head for the beach for a paddle and some Broadside ice cream - it's what every brewer does at 10.30am on a Tuesday morning, yes? I might add that Heather and Jan had already been shown around the brewery by Fergus the evening before. After we had dusted off the sand, we headed for the brewhouse and ran through the final checks on the recipe. Mostly, it was all okay apart from a few adjustments by Jan to add some of the hops as late on as possible in the kettle to hold onto that lovely fruity aroma that Bengali Tiger has. With our state-of-the-art technology in the brewhouse, this was easily rectified. Being a huge fan of American style IPAs it was heaven to see SEVEN different hops, mainly from America and Australia, being packed into our hop dosing vessels. There was also generous amounts of specialty malts too, which help produce the full-bodied flavour and act as a sturdy foundation for the many hop additions. The brew ran its course, and myself and Ruth Goldsmith (our Marketing and Brewery Tour Coordinator) showed Jan and Heather the sights of Southwold and Walberswick. Whilst sitting outside The Anchor in Walberswick, having a pint of Jack Brand Clump Sagin, Jan was highly amused by the sight of firstly someone in a T-Shirt that said you could catch crabs in Walberswick, followed by two adults walking up the street in their dressing gowns, followed by five ladies driving a tuk-tuk. Ruth, being local, said that this was quite normal. So, after a fabulous couple of days, brewing, entertaining, eating plenty of fish and chips (Jan!), a great beer called Sixpoint Bengali Tiger 6.4% was produced. Full-bodied and packed with fruity, citrus, grapefruit bitterness and aroma. You can enjoy Bengali Tiger at JD Wetherspoon outlets in September while stocks last. Pictures of Jan, Heather and Belinda enjoying their time in Southwold can be seen on Flickr.    


Belinda Jennings