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25th June 2013

Adrian Tierney-Jones’ Three-C’Son

Award-winning writer Adrian Tierney-Jones has collaborated with Brains to produce Three-C’Son – a traditional farmhouse Saison with an added twist of three American hops.

 This is the latest collaboration Continental Beer from the craft brewery. In their second Annual Challenge, Brains have invited writers and bloggers, including Adrian, Pete Brown, Sophie Atherton, Des de Moor and Glenn Payne to develop their ‘ultimate Continental Beer’. The challenge will see a range of styles brewed including a Marzen and a rye beer.

 Adrian – author of 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die – chose to brew a 5.0% traditional saison with a twist of three American hops – Centennial, Columbus, Citra – giving the name Three-C’Son.

 Bill Dobson, head brewer at Brains, said: “It was great to have Adrian brew with us. He had a clear idea of the beer he wanted to brew, and the additional twist of adding the American hops gave it an extra dimension.”

 Contenders in the Continental Beer challenge so far are Pete Brown, who brewed Dissolution, an abbey-style dubbel, and Robyn Black from the PMA who brewed Blackbird, a schwarzbier.

 All seven Continental Beers, including one from Brains, will be independently judged at an event on December 5th. The winning beer will become part of Brains’ beer festival programme.

 The first Annual Challenge in 2012 was the ‘Ultimate IPA’ and saw the likes of Melissa Cole, Simon Martin, aka Mr Real Ale Guide, and Tim Hampson brew their take on an IPA with Brains. Crowned the Ultimate IPA was Boilermaker, which was brewed with Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham from Thinking Drinkers.

Three-C’Son will be available in selected Brains craft beer houses from Monday 1st of July in cask. For a full list of stockists visit

Tasting Notes

Three-C’Son is a Saison style beer brewed in collaboration with beer writer Adrian Tierney-Jones. Brewed with Pilsner and Wheat malt this beer is pale and hazy, like a sunset seen through the filter of a disintegrating summer’s day. A sweet nose of ripe peach and citrus, a green apple snappiness on the palate and a hint of white pepper from the Three C’s of Columbus, Citra and Centennial, combines with an earthy spice from the use of a traditional Saison yeast that is followed by a firm, refreshingly dry finish.


Attachment 1: Three-C’Son pump clip


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