Coronado, CA— As Coronado Brewing heads into the fall, they made one last stop for a holiday and collaboration brew in Devizes, England. Head Brewer Ryan Brooks made the trek to brew Coronado’s Mermaid’s Red Ale with Brian Yorston of Wadworth & Company. This American Amber Ale was produced for JD Wetherspoon Brewpub’s as an entry in their American Craft Beer Showcase. The showcase features various American craft breweries; all of which are brought to the U.K. to brew at various breweries throughout the country.
Ryan and Brian brewed the Mermaid’s Red Ale as a cask beer in August and made a 500 bbl batch for JD Wetherspoon’s. However, this isn’t the same beer Coronado’s patrons are used to. The two brewers put a twist on the traditional recipe by using all English ingredients.
Beer specs: Mermaid’s Red Ale
Bitterness: 64 IBU
Hops: Challenger and Cascade
Malts: Muntons Pale Malt, Standard and Light Crystal Malt, Roasted Barley, Caramalt, Chocolate Malt.
Yeast: Wadworth house strain
Where to find it: UK only.
The grain bill for this beer showcased all English grain– a heritage varietal of Pale malt, and some light & dark caramel malts. The hop varieties were Challenger for bittering and a heavy does of Cascade in the whirlpool, and even more Cascade in the dry hop. The finished product being an American influenced Amber Ale showcasing the beautiful English yeast character with light fruity esters. This Amber Ale has a traditional English flavor with the aroma of West Coast Amber Ale.
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About Coronado Brewing Company:
In 1996, when craft beer was still a foreign term and San Diego County was home to only a handful of breweries, the Chapman brothers Ron and Rick opened a brewpub in their hometown of Coronado. CBC brews abundantly hoppy West Coast-style ales staying true to their San Diego roots. They began distributing their beers throughout the local market, and today you can find Coronado beers in 17 states across the US. In addition to their long established pub in Coronado, the company opened a tasting room inside their newly built San Diego production facility in early 2013.
About Wadworth & Company:
Henry Alfred Wadworth founded in 1875, Wadworth & Co Ltd of Devizes, boasting an enviable tradition in the brewing of fine beers. Wadworth & Company have a widespread and well founded reputation for brewing exceptional beers. It began in 1875 when the old Northgate Brewery was purchased by Henry Alfred Wadworth. At the age of 22 he already had six years brewing experience both as a pupil at a brewery in London and also as manager of a small brewery at No8 Long Street in Devizes.