In this part of the world there are only a few weeks of the year where it gets really cold, and even then you have to be up in the hinterland amongst the misty hills to really experience it.
So brewing big winter beers is something that we really don’t need to do a lot of but we have always wanted to brew a beer that would be more suited to the cooler months but one you could equally drink all year round, a beer that contrasts and balances the rest of the Stone & Wood beers.
Our Jasper Ale reflects the red volcanic soil of our hinterland and is brewed from a blend of pale and crystal malts. Jasper Ale is deep red, has a rich malt character and is well balanced with a firm spicy hop bitterness.
If you’re looking for a pidgeon hole to stick it in there’s no neat fit, but the inspiration comes from German Alt, American Amber Ale and an English Brown Ale styles. We love the spicy bitterness that a German hop such as Hersbrucker brings to a beer to balance that rich malt character.