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30th November 2020

Duration Brewing Release Their First Imperial Stout with British Hops and Belgian Yeast

Fortitude, an 8.5% Imperial Stout will release from award-winning farmhouse brewery Duration Brewing in Norfolk. Available from the brewery shop at Abbey Farm, West Acre (and online store ) on Friday 4th December and across the UK at independent retailers soon after.

Rich, bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee are the tasting notes provided. The label reads: “This straight-up Imperial Stout that endures the ebb and flow of time bringing courage to a bleak winter. Caramel and burnt sugar on the nose lead to bittersweet chocolate, toasted bread and coffee all enveloped in a rich smooth mouthfeel. This Imperial Stout ends dry with light alcohol warmth to bring great fortitude.”

Speaking to head brewer Derek Bates he says ‘The aim of our first Imperial Stout was to create a balanced interplay of fruity Belgian yeast esters to the coffee/roast of the malts with our house Belgian blend of yeasts leading to a rounder and more flavoursome imperial stout than may have come from the more classic English ale yeasts’.

Bates continues ‘I skipped the pastry stout fad instead going for a more traditional imperial stout using East Kent Golding as late hops along with Amarillo. It’s a great beer for a celebration, maybe at New Year’s to send 2020 packing and to look to the future’.

Cofounder Miranda Hudson adds ‘For me ‘to fortify’ is to find resilience and inner strength and I think Shaun has poignantly captured this alongside how restorative nature and Norfolk’s sweeping coast can be. A figure is looking out to the ebb and flow and expanse of the sea. It’s wistful and really powerful’.

Miranda continues ‘As farmhouse brewers, our Norfolk landscape brings us great year-round inspiration and the almost ghostly contemplative label artwork brings a sense of vulnerability and fortitude all at once. I think Shaun (Lynch) has really nailed this his second label as our new resident artist’.


Press release from Duration

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