Suffolk brewer St. Peter’s has crossed the border to team up with the English Whisky Co., England’s first registered whisky distilling company for over 100 years, to produce an interesting and innovative new beer, The Saints Whisky Beer.
The English Whisky Co.’s production facility, St George’s Distillery, is based in the historic Breckland area of Norfolk, just 30 miles from St. Peter’s.
The Saints Whisky Beer is produced with the same peated malt used at St. George’s Distillery in their whisky production. Following fermentation, English Whisky Co.’s Chapter 9 peated / smokey single malt whisky is added before bottling, to produce a superbly balanced beer which is rich in flavour and has smokey overtones from the peated malt. The beer has an ABV of 4.8% and is packed in St. Peter’s iconic oval 500ml bottles.
Commenting on the new product, Andrew Nelstrop, Managing Director of the English Whisky Co., said: “We are delighted to be working with St. Peter’s Brewery to develop this excellent new and differentiated product. With St. Peter’s penetration in worldwide export markets, we are hoping that this product will also introduce consumers to the English Whisky Co. and our range of whisky products both abroad as well as in the UK.”
Colin Cordy, Managing Director of St. Peter’s added, “In consumer trials we have had some very positive reaction to the The Saints Whisky Beer and also distributors in our 32 export markets are very excited about this addition to the St. Peter’s award winning range of beers.”
The Saints Whisky Beer will be launched exclusively in the UK in 150 selected Waitrose stores and the UK’s leading on-line grocer, Ocado, from October 24th 2011. The beer will also be available from the St. Peter’s on-line shop (www.stpetersbrewery.co.uk) and will be sold at St. George’s on site shop at the distillery and webshop (www.englishwhisky.co.uk).
David Fitt, Head Distiller at St. George’s Distillery and Mark Slater, Head Brewer, St. Peter’s Brewery, toast the success of their co-operation in creating The Saints Whisky Beer.Published on February 29, 2012