Words - Andy Parker, Jane Scott, Emma Stump, Julian Stone, Andrew Sewell, Alan Kiddle, Ian Barclay, Alex Southern & Alex Stone | Photos - Matthew Curtis, Alex Southern & Alex Stone
This post was written live with all content coming from the audience present at Fourpure's second birthday party. This was written entirely in the spirit of the moment and we make no excuses for typo's and/or brevity.
In deepest, darkest Bermondsey it was dark, wet and horrible. But it got better! The sun of the South Pacific is shining down on us and is casting aside the shadows. We're here today to review two sensational beers from Fourpure Brewing Co.
Southern Latitude is a South Pacific pale ale inspired by the tropical fruits of the island. Holding the can up to the light the beer shines the colour of golden sunshine. The beer is exuding aromas of gooseberry, passion fruit, kiwi fruit and watermelon. Oh, and some mango. Southern Latitude is very hop forward with bright flavours of lemon and juicy citrus. It's like a mouthful of pink grapefruit juice, on the beach, with hula dancers and people sipping on fruity cocktails - except the cocktails are beer! Beer cocktails.
The finish is bitter - like the tide of a grapefruit sea leaving the shore. In summary: the spritzy taste of the South Pacific in south Bermondsey with the sharpness of Bermondsey born Danny Baker's chat.
Beer number two is coming. It's Northern Latitude! It's a Scandinavian inspired beer brewed with rye malt and brown sugar. How come it tastes so good? Well this is how.
Northern Latitude settles into a chestnut brown appearance, like an early sunset in a Scandinavian winter at midday. It has an aroma of hops on toast and pine served in a pine forest by elves. This isn't bloody Stonehenge. Fact: the Moomins used to eat pine needles before they hibernated for the winter.
Northern Latitude bursts with flavours of bonfire toffee, heavy, rich maple syrup, winter green and a bit of elf. There's also a sprinkling of reindeer. The finish is like the Northern Lights because that sounds good. There are flashes of satisfying flavour, like the bittersweet moment when summer ends and the first leaves fall from the trees and hit your palate.
In summary, Northern Latitude needs an elf warning and Southern Latitude requires factor 50 suncream. Both are delicious and need tried before the sun sets. Too late it already has, more for us. Finally, we need a can pun: These are the two CANdles on Fourpure's birthday cake - happy second birthday Fourpure!