This month sees the launch of a new lower-strength beer. Sunbeam – at 2.8% abv – is described as a ‘deliciously quaffable hoppy ale’, and will be available in selected Brains pubs from April 28th.
New rules on duty levels saw beers with 2.8% alcohol by volume (abv) and below receive a 50% duty cut, meaning Brains pubs are able to offer Sunbeam at a lower price point.
Richard Davies, sales and marketing director at Brains, explains: "Sunbean is a quality, full flavour cask ale and a great option for customer looking for a beer with a lower alcohol content, at a lower price. Sunbeam will be available initially on a trial basis in selected Brains pubs from April 28th.
"The arrival of Sunbeam comes ahead of the launch of our new craft brewery, which, when up and running, will allow us to experiment with a range of beer styles and techniques."
Sunbeam uses a unique blend of Challenger, Fuggles and Goldings before being dry hopped in cask with Saaz. The satisfying dryness of the hop blend and the clean and sweet aroma of Saaz combines with a medley of Pale Ale and Crystal malt, creating a golden-red, deliciously quaffable hoppy ale.
Fox and Hounds, St Mellons
Fox and Hounds, Whitchurch
Hen and Chickens, Abergavenny
Lewis Arms, Tongwynlais
Star, Dinas Powys
Three Arches, Cardiff
Ty Nant, Cardiff
Vivian Arms, Swansea
White Horse, Coychurch