Orbit Beers Release Cask English IPA
Orbit Beers, a South London brewery known for its European-style keg beers, is stepping into the cask market with the release of its English IPA as part of its White Label Series range. The limited number of casks will be available from 8th March and will offer beer enthusiasts the opportunity to taste this traditional-style brew using modern UK hops. The team is excited to see how receptive the London beer market will be to this new format.
Orbit's General Manager, Robbie Sykes, said the decline of cask beer may be due to the rise in popularity of premium keg beers, and it's vital for both front-of-house and cellar management teams to work together to advertise them well. He added that cask beer is fresh and can be more labour-intensive to produce, so it should be seen as more of an equal to the keg equivalents.
The English IPA, with an ABV of 5.2%, offers a blend of three English hop varieties that give softer stone-fruit flavours on the nose and palate than the more traditional UK hops. Head Brewer Paul Spraget and Lead Brewer Greg Stork have developed the recipe further, and the style works especially well in cask. Beer enthusiasts can expect notes of tangerine and pine with a long, moreish bitterness and aromas of freshly cut grass with hints of blackcurrant and strawberries and cream.
Head Brewer Paul Spraget said, "We were inspired to make a traditional English IPA using modern UK hops. The team have developed the recipe further, and we decided the style would work especially well in cask due to its fruity character and long, lingering bitterness."
"It's vital that both front-of-house and cellar management teams work together to look after cask products and advertise them well so that more people can experience and understand the enjoyment of fresh cask beer," said Sykes.
Established in South London in 2014, Orbit Beers is deeply rooted in European brewing traditions with a modern approach. Their beers take classic styles and make them their own, with an eye for finesse and drinkability. Their work is inspired by the ethos of their favourite record labels, who hold music and art above all else.