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Faversham's Shepherd Neame unveil Northern Lights IPA with Swedish brewer St Eriks

Britain's oldest brewer has unveiled its latest collaborative brew - a peach-pink coloured blueberry IPA.

Faversham firm Shepherd Neame has added Northern Lights to its Cask Club range of experimental ales.

Northern Lights is a blueberry IPA (19018314)
Northern Lights is a blueberry IPA (19018314)

It is a collaboration with Swedish brewery St Eriks, and includes fresh and dried Sweish blabar blueberries.

David Peuriere, head brewer at St Eriks, travelled to Faversham to work alongside the Shepherd Neame team on the beer last month.

He said: “At St Eriks we have brewed with blueberries before, usually in porters and stouts, but we wanted to brew a lighter beer for this collaboration. The blueberries don’t really have much of an aroma, but they have a great mouthfeel and colour. Combining them with hops has given us a great cask beer.”

Shepherd Neame brewery manager Rupert Hodgkins added: "This is the latest of several international collaborative brews in recent months for our Cask Club range.

David Peuriere, head brewer at St Eriks and Shepherd Neame brewery manager Rupert Hodgkins (19018310)
David Peuriere, head brewer at St Eriks and Shepherd Neame brewery manager Rupert Hodgkins (19018310)

"Our aim is always to bring to life the essence of each of the partners we work with while also showcasing our brewing expertise. On this occasion, we wanted to create something that was really different, using ingredients with Swedish provenance, and we are delighted with the finished result.”

Shepherd Neame previously worked with other members of the St Eriks brewing team before, on a Golden Ale titled Midnight Sun in 2017.

Northern Lights will be available throughout October and early November.

Cask Club brand manager Rose Davis said: “We launched Cask Club earlier this year to celebrate modern styles and flavours, and this type of exciting international collaboration is exactly what we hoped to achieve. We want to encourage more people to enjoy what we believe is one of the best drinks in the world.”

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