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22nd April 2014

Uncommon Brewers make UK return


Nottingham-based importer Left Coast Distribution have added Uncommon Brewers’ 473ml cans of Golden State Ale, Baltic Porter and Siamese Twin to their growing portfolio of Californian craft beers.


Uncommon’s trio takes to 22 the number of Golden State craft beers included in their launch portfolio. Left Coast are also exclusive importers for North Coast Brewing Company, Ruhstaller and Mavericks.


Inspired by the official flower of Californian, Golden State Ale is a 6.4% ABV Belgian-style Golden Ale. Balancing the sweet, tangy bite of poppy seeds with the aromatics of a simple California yeast, GSA is unfiltered and unpasteurized, and designed to grow in character during the time it ages.  


A consummate rule breaker, Siamese Twin is an 8.5% ABV Belgian-style Dubbel seasoned with coriander and entirely uncommon Thai spices. Deep russet brown in colour, with a frosting-like head, the early floral notes give way to lemongrass and sharper bite of kaffir lime blend with a deep malt. Siamese Twin is the perfect accompaniment to curries from the Indian subcontinent and even further east into the spicy offerings of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.


Baltic Porter is brewed with whole liquorice root and star anise. 7.8% ABV, it is fermented warm with an ale yeast in flagrant disregard of modern style guidelines, instead working towards a heritage pre-lager treatment of the style. Subtle liquorice and anise notes are present in the nose. The body is surprisingly light, with liquorice sweetness helping to balance a smoky chocolate malt character. There should be clear notes of roasted barley on the finish.


Left Coast’s Nigel Garlick noted:


“Uncommon Brewers produce craft beers for those who like to think while they drink. The flavour profiles on all three beers is deep, rich and sophisticated. It’s also worth considering that, not dissimilar to some wines, Uncommon’s brews age very well. The can you’ll be tasting now and the can you’ll be tasting in a few months’ time can be very different. They’re really interesting craft beers.”

On the UK re-launch, Uncommon’s Chief Brewmaster Alec Stefansky noted:


“It’s been fantastic to see the recent boom of the craft beer market in the UK, particularly the upsurge in interest for high-quality canned beers. We’ve seen a great initial response to our beers from British consumers and we’re going to keep doing our best to raise a thirst for more uncommon beers.” 


Uncommon Brewers is a community-oriented organic microbrewery beginning operations in Santa Cruz county. Incorporating traditional Belgian brewing techniques, cutting-edge innovation from the modern West Coast, and grounded in the principles of sustainability voiced by the Slow Food Movement, their goal is to make uncommon beers for uncommon people.


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