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3rd November 2021

James Clay and Sons Cask Portfolio Launch

From the beginning we’ve been about championing the beers we believe in and love to drink, from Ian Clay introducing the UK market to Lindeboom and Duvel at the end of the seventies, to today and the launch of our cask beer portfolio.

We’re starting off by curating a range of beers from producers that we believe to be the best in class and reflective of our wider portfolio, that we hope to have regular stock of. We will also supplement this with frequent specials and seasonals as they come by from those brewers, and others that we consider to be the best in the game too.

Curated Range

North Atlantis

A 4.1% soft and crushable pale ale. Made with American Mosaic and Citra hops and Australian Galaxy hops, singing with vibrant pithy grapefruit and crushed pine needle aroma and bursts with sweet blueberry and fleshy pineapple flavour, all rounded off with a satisfying bitter finish.

Arbor Shangri-La

One of the best things to come out of the trend for hazy pale ales was the realisation that their soft pillowy body is utterly amazing when served on cask. Shangri-La is an unfined, unfiltered, Session IPA with Citra, Columbus, Ekuanot, and Mosaic. We reckon Arbor are one of the best at this, and we will keep a rotational beer of theirs in stock.

Fyne Jarl

It’s difficult to describe Jarl as anything other than a modern classic. A name known the length of the country, originating from a tiny family owned farm brewery in Glen Fyne. Back in 2010 they were one of the first in the UK to use this little known new American hop Citra. Thanks to beers like Jarl it went on to do reasonably well for itself, to say the least. Jarl has piles of vibrant grapefruit flavours, alongside more nuanced notes of lemon and grass.

Burning Sky Plateau

If we had to pick someone to make a hoppy session pale for cask, it would have to be Mark Tranter of Burning Sky. One of the pioneers of brewing the style for Cask during his time at Darkstar, he’s continued to excel at it at his own brewery. US and New Zealand hops layered at different stages of the boil bring the zest to perfectly complement the snappy malt edge to Plateau.

Week 1 Specials

Black Isle Yellowhammer

Save the planet, drink organic. An easy feat when that involves sinking cask pints of a juicy pale ale hopped with organic Nelson Sauvin, Citra, Simcoe, and Pacific Gem.

Marble Pint

Marble’s flagship session pale, brewed with all pale malt and New Zealand and US Hops. Given that they own one of the world’s best pubs to have a session in, you know this will deliver.

Lost & Grounded Autumn Protagonist

We couldn’t possibly build a Cask beer program without including a Best Bitter. A style that best shows off how brilliant British malt is. Autumn Protagonist perfectly balances this biscuity character complementing some traditional English hops.

We’re looking forward to taking this next step forward, and supplying some of our favourite bars in the country, with some of our favourite beers, in a format that we adore and should be doing more to shout about.

Press release from James Clay and Sons