In the beer spotlight today we have Sulis Lager by Bath Ales.
Bath Ales was founded in 1995 by former employees of the Smiles Brewery in Bristol. In 2016 the brewery was acquired by St Austell brewery and investment in a new state of the art brewery was announced in 2017, the brewery was completed in 2018; if you take a look on bath ales website you will see a neat little time lapse video of the brewery build.
Has all this investment and effort resulted in good beer? I am please to say I think it has! Sulis is a refreshing light sessionable lager. Named after Sulis Minerva (the Roman god of Bath) the beer uses new hop varieties, Lemon Drop and Hüll Melon to create a slight citrus aroma. It is nice to see a less familiar hop being used; being relatives of cascade the hops could have created an overpowering flavour in a subtle beer such as Sulis but the effect here is not overdone. easy drinking and refreshing with a slight citrus twist.
Bath ales website tells you that ‘brewing lager is a meticulous science.’ A statement I would agree with. It is a lot easier to muck up a lager than an ale, especially one this subtle. This is a beer for those hot summer months when you want a nice sessionable beer, enjoyed cold, not overbearing on the hops and not to much malt to contend with whilst sitting in the blistering heat. All in all a very well balanced and well crafted lager.