A Glass of Herts
PUBLISHED: 18:01 21 February 2014 | UPDATED: 18:01 21 February 2014
Laura Vickers takes a look at what's brewing in the county drinks world
The Red Squirrel Brewing company celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The past decade has seen this Potten End microbrewery hand-crafting some delicious beers, from stouts and porters to ales and bitters.
Although quintessentially English, the Red Squirrel team have been influenced by the freshness and quality of flavours from continental Europe, inspiring them to source only the finest raw materials to make their range.
Red Squirrel has impressed more than its loyal fan following: its beers have scooped their fair share of awards over the years, including the prestigious Hertfordshire Beer of the Year in 2012 for its rich, dark London Porter.
As well as their regular cask ales, the team boast an impressive flair for seasonal brews, such as the vibrant Summer Daze golden ale and spicy, blackcurrant-filled Winter’s Tail.
However, if you want to fall in love with Red Squirrel, you need look no further than its flagship, Mr. Squirrel. Aptly, for its name, this is a chestnut red bitter with a creamy texture and delicate caramel and malt taste. You can buy Mr. Squirrel in a 5-litre mini-keg on the brewery’s website for £18.95 (redsquirrelbrewery.co.uk), but I also recommend a visit to the shop, where beers are available by the bottle.
There are plenty of reasons to love this local brewery, but here’s one more that can’t fail to impress: Red Squirrel also gives part of its profits to a conservation charity that protects its namesake. Lovely.