UnBarred x Bird & Blend: Amazonian Zing
We love nothing more than a fresh beer after a long and hard days work here at UnBarred, but we also always love a good ol’ brew as well, especially when we need a bit of a kick in the morning, so it’s no surprise that we’re back once again with another tea inspired beer. Amazonian Zing is the second time we’ve worked with local tea mixologists Bird & Blend and this beer, just like the last, is a real collaborative project that brings both the beer and tea brewing worlds together to create a hybrid beer based on one of their best-selling blends. However, it’s not exactly what you’d expect…
With fresh lemon zest & juice and fragrant ginger on the nose, followed by an explosion of refreshing lemon, fiery ginger, lemongrass & Yerba Mate tea on the palate, this 2.5% tea inspired beer explodes to life. The result is a perfectly blended, fresh, fragrant and zesty sour beer that really belies its ABV and is absolutely perfect to ease you into 2023!
For those who didn’t get a chance to taste our previous beer, the Raspberry Tea Sour, you might not be aware of who Bird & Blend Tea Co. are. An independent, award-winning tea company set up by Krisi & Mike back in 2012, they’re on a mission to reimagine tea and spread happiness. They have established themselves by creating the best tasting & most exciting flavour innovations in the tea business, all the while prioritising their team and their community, supporting charity, and maintaining a strong ethical stance – it’s not just brewing that we both have in common!
‘We are thrilled to be working again with UnBarred to create a new energising low alcohol beer which is the perfect way to kick off the new year…’ Chief Mixologist & Bird & Blend Co-Founder Krisi says. ‘There is a natural synergy between us & UnBarred which we love and it is always super exciting to work with them!’.
For Amazonian Zing we’ve used their award-winning Morning Kick blend, a yerba mate leaf with lemon & ginger, which is famed for putting a zesty zing in your day. Yerba mate is native to South America and has been providing locals with a natural pick-me-up for centuries now, as well as some of us here at the brewery, and we thought the blend to be a perfect match for our tart Berliner Weise base. We then added a healthy dose of Motueka, a hop from New Zealand that has been used by breweries all over since the late 90’s and famed for its floral, lemon and lime qualities.
Expect fresh lemon zest & juice with fragrant ginger on the nose, followed by an explosion of refreshing lemon, fiery ginger, lemongrass & Yerba Mate tea on the palate, bringing this 2.5% tea inspired beer to life. The resulting beer blends perfectly to create a fresh, fragrant and zesty sour beer that really belies its ABV and is absolutely perfect to ease you into 2023!
Amazonian Zing is available now on the webshop and from Bird & Blend Tea Co.