Joule’s Brewery is celebrating the tenth anniversary of autumn seasonal Calcutta 1757 with a double-dry-hopped version of the IPA.
Sam Riley, head brewer at Joule’s Brewery
Calcutta 1757 pays homage to Robert Clive, fondly known as Clive of India. Born in a neighbouring village to the brewery, Clive went on to become a distinguished officer in the British Army, securing the military and political supremacy of the East India Company in Bengal.
His legacy began with the historic Battle of Calcutta in February 1757, a victory that inspired a series of conquests. Clive’s resting place is St Margaret’s Parish Church, at Moreton Say, Market Drayton.
“Traditionally, we add the hops during the boiling process of brewing, however, with Calcutta 1757, dry hop goes in on the cool side while it’s fermenting in the tank,” said Joule’s head brewer Sam Riley.
“Dry hopping is all about the aroma and flavour. The hop oils that give off aroma and the fruity and spicy notes are volatile; they love to come out of the beer and that’s why you can smell them. But if they’re added hot, they come out too soon and disappear up the chimney.
“Double dry hop means different things to different brewers. Most just add in twice as many hops. But it can also mean two additions of hops, one during and one after fermentation, which is what we did with Calcutta. You can get different characters from hops by adding them at different times in the process.”
The light amber ale offers hints of honey and spice upfront leading to a light berry fruit finish.
The beer’s tenth anniversary will officially be celebrated at the Red Lion, Market Drayton, on Thursday, 14th September, from 6.30pm. Raise a glass of Calcutta 1757 and indulge in perfectly paired Indian beer snacks. If you can’t make that, don’t worry. The Red Lion will be offering a selection of special curries, each served with a complimentary pint of Calcutta 1757, all weekend long.
“At Joule’s, we take pride in delivering exceptional craft beer, and with Calcutta 1757 DDH IPA, we’ve truly outdone ourselves,” said brand manager Georgia Charlton-Briggs.
“This is a particularly special brew, for an exceptionally special occasion. It’s an exciting milestone for all of us here at the brewery, and we hope you’ll join us in raising a glass.”