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By Sarah Groves, also posted in News on

Adnams Head Brewer Fergus Fitzgerald with Earl Grey lagerServed with beer, of course! Fergus and the brewing team have created a brand new brew with premium tea company teapigs. The limited edition beer features the delicious citrus and bergamot flavours of Earl Grey tea to create a crisp, fruity and refreshing lager. The new lager is the latest addition to Adnams’ Jack Brand range of beers, it's 5% abv and will be available in 30-litre keg and 330ml bottle throughout April. Earl Grey Lager is brewed from Galaxy hops using Pilsner malt before being infused with teapigs’ Darjeeling Earl Grey blend. Fergus Fitzgerald, Head Brewer at Adnams, comments: “Sometimes the story behind a beer is pretty uncomplicated. I’ve been a fan of Earl Grey in beer since first tasting the Yeastie Boys 'Gunnamatta', an Earl Grey IPA, a few years ago. Teapigs and Earl Grey lager on Southwold beachAll of the beers I’d tried with Earl Grey since were pale ales and IPAs but we thought the flavour would also work really well in a lager. The key to this beer was always going to be the tea and we looked at lots before landing on the Darjeeling Earl Grey from teapigs. The delicate floral tea flavour along with the beautiful bergamot notes really stood out. Using Earl Grey tea in a beer might sound odd but it actually makes perfect sense. The tannins from the tea work like the bitterness in hops and the citrus notes of the bergamot find a home-from-home alongside the citrus notes of the hops. It's flavourful whilst remaining crisp, refreshing and uncomplicated.” Earl Grey lager in glass and bottle in breweryLouise, teapigs' tea taster, said: “Tea and beer, so British in their own unique ways so why not combine them? We’re delighted to partner with Adnams whose expertise in brewing has produced this gem of a beer. No need for “pinkies up” when knocking back this brew.” Jack Brand Earl Grey Lager will be available by the bottle and 12-pack in our stores and online at £21.99 for a pack of twelve 330ml bottles. It's also available in selected pubs and bars in kegs whilst stocks last.      

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