Southwold brewery Adnams launches first premium lager supporting conservation projects
A Suffolk-based brewery and distillery has launched its first premium English lager today – sales from which will support marine conservation projects.
Kobold has been released by Southwold-based Adnams and is now available in all of the company's stores – including those in Aldeburgh, Bury St Edmunds, Hadleigh, Southwold and Woodbridge, and its pubs in the area.
The new lager, which is named after a mythical water spirit believed to protect sailors in the North Sea, is brewed with malted barley from Suffolk and Norfolk.
Officials at Adnams say this helps to develop the bready and honey notes, while the UK-grown English hops provides the grassy, lemon flavours. It is fermented with Adnams' house ale yeast to add depth to the lager's crisp flavours.
Fergus Fitzgerald, head brewer at Adnams, said: “Using local ingredients was really important to us for making a truly English lager.
"We have some of the best malted barley in the world on our doorstep so it would be crazy not to use it.
"It’s unusual to use an ale yeast in a lager, but we wanted Kobold to be a true Adnams lager and using our house yeast was fundamental to making it part of the Adnams family.”
Influenced by its namesake, sales of Kobold will support marine conservation projects on the East Anglian coast and beyond, starting with Blue Marine Foundation.
Pale, golden yellow in colour and crisp, clean and classic in style, and fresh from Southwold, Kobold English lager is priced at £1.59/440ml can and £1.89/500ml bottle with an ABV of 4.7% and is suitable for vegans.
As of today, Kobold English lager is available to buy online and in Adnams stores, and on draft in Adnams-managed pubs and inns.
The drink will be available at pubs nationwide from September 1.