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Diageo's Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Partizan Brewing aperitif-style beers

Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Partizan Brewings aperitif-style beers

Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Partizan Brewing's aperitif-style beers

Category - Beer, see below for full details
 
Available - From this month

Location - The UK and Ireland, from Tayer & Elementary bar and Partizan Brewery in London as well as from the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Dublin. Also available online

Price - Not specified 

Diageo has brought together its Guinness Open Gate Brewery project with UK craft brewer Partizan Brewing to release three new beers, targeted at the aperitif drinking occasion. The expressions, available in limited numbers, are the latest fruits from Open Gate, set up in 2014 by Diageo to trial different types of beers.

The collection comprises:

  • La Brillante - a Pilsner aged in Oloroso Sherry barrels, 5.1% abv. Available in 75cl cork-and-cage Champagne-style bottles
  • L'Amara -  a botanical-infused Saison, 5.9% abv, and
  • L'Intensa - a dark beer made using botanicals from Santa Vittoria in Italy, 11% abv. The latter two are available in 25cl bottles

The range was created by Open Gate lead brewer Peter Simpson and Partizan founder Andy Smith, with Alex Kratena, the former head bartender at London's Artesian bar, contributing his experience of cocktails and aperitifs.

"We've been working on these three beers for nearly a year," said Simpson. "Andy Smith … and myself ventured to Northern Italy, experimenting on new recipes by dissecting classic formulas that have remained unchanged throughout the centuries.

"We are always looking to explore new recipes, interpret old ones and experiment to bring exciting new beers to life at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery. We've really pushed the boundaries … with these three aperitif-style beers."

Late last month, Diageo's North America head warned that consumer trends do not always hold for the long term and that beverage companies need to remain flexible when assessing demand.

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