Chard brewery creates unique ale for Yeovil Show 2018

A limited edition ale made with the first Centennial and Polaris hops to be successfully grown in Somerset for 100-years has been brewed exclusively for the 2018 Yeovil Show.

Only 60 cans of the Tapstone Brewing Co beer, called Yeovil Show Ale, will be available at the third Yeovil Show on 14 and 15 July.

A show spokesperson said: “The ale is a 6% full-bodied English IPA with every hop grown by a Somerset microbrewery on lush Somerset pastures located in a tiny hillside hamlet outside Chard.

“The resulting hops shine with a fruity citrus blast, over a richly satisfying malt base for a truly seasonal and local brew.

“It will be sold from the Somerset Lawn –a new attraction for the show and which will be exclusively dedicated to some of the finest names on the Somerset food and drink circuit.”

The ale has been created by Tapstone Brewing Co, which was founded three-years ago by James Davies. Tapstone is an experimental brewery specialising in the development of fresh hoppy hazy beers and is based on the outskirts of Chard.

Mr Davies has ambitious plans for the brewery and is looking to double his production over the next few months. He also plans to introduce a modern hop breeding programme in Somerset.

Explaining the concept, he said: “The hops used for the Yeovil Show Ale were planted last year. They were ordered from the USA as a trial programme to establish whether hops grow well in Somerset. The answer is that yes they do.

“As such, those that were harvested will form the basis of a new and exciting genus of Somerset hops. These are due to be planted into the ground imminently.”

James Davies (l), MP for Yeovil Marcus Fysh (c), and Graham from Yeovil Show are pictured in James’ hops field just outside of Chard.

Sam Mackenzie Green, event director at the Yeovil Show, said she was delighted to have the eponymous guest ale at the event.

She added: “The Yeovil Show is all about celebrating local Somerset businesses and their dedication to their craft.

“This ale is a perfect example of a small business really pushing the boundaries and doing something completely unique.

“We can’t wait to try it!”

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