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Hoppy summer delight from Adnams

Added: Saturday, July 6th 2013

Adnams Fat Sprat is an amber beer brewed for summer drinking – the latest offering from master brewer Fergus Fitzgerald, who has a great passion for developing new recipes. The brewery in Southwold, Suffolk, has changed dramatically since a multi-functional new brewhouse was built and Fergus was given free rein to add new beers alongside the old warhorses of Southwold Bitter and Broadside.

The company is wedded to supporting sustainability and the environment, and some of the proceeds from the sale of Fat Sprat go to backing the work of the Marine Conservation Society.

Fat Sprat is 3.8% and is a complex beer, brewed with pale ale malt, Munich, Cara and black malts, and hopped with Cascade, Chinook and Columbus American varieties and English Goldings.

The brewery describes the beer as having a citrus/grapefruit aroma with spicy hops, and citrus and biscuit malt on the palate. I would add that the darker malts also give a rich burnt fruit – sultana and raisin – note to the beer. It has a long, bitter and fruity finish and punches well above its 3.8% ABV.

It’s available in selected pubs and in 5 litre mini casks from Adnams Cellar & Kitchen Stores:

Fat Sprat