The 2017 International Rainbow Project – an Anglo- American craft brewing collaboration – is launched at the end of this week, in London, Cheltenham, Leeds and at The Beer Hall in Staveley, where the rare, limited edition beers will be on sale for the first time.
The Rainbow Project, now in its fifth year, challenges 7 of the UK’s most innovative craft breweries to brew a beer inspired by one of the 7 colours of the rainbow and to do it in collaboration with 7 American breweries. Partners and colours are drawn out of a hat.
This year we drew the colour green for the fourth time and were paired with Modern Times Beer, from San Diego, California. Together we’ve created “Mojito,” a beer inspired by that classic cocktail.
Mojito is a refreshingly tart, kettle-soured IPA, dry hopped with aromatic new world hops – Cascade and Motueka, then further aged, post fermentation, on fresh mint, lime zest and oak rum cubes from Appleton rum estate. Aromas of lemon and lime, enhancing the flavours of mint and fresh lime zest, blend with very subtle oak rum notes. This tart IPA will have you rushing for the nearest beach lounger or hammock.
On Friday 8th September, at the launch party at The Beer Hall all 7 Rainbow Project beers will be served, on draught and mixed cases of bottles will be on sale.
These limited edition beers are rare and in high demand.
This year's pairings are:
Red | Magic Rock & Casita | Amanecer Mexicano 5.8% - Lime, Hibiscus and Chilli Gose
Orange | Partizan Brewing & New Belgium Brewing | West Fork 5.0% - Saison with spruce tips and experimental hop 522
Yellow | Beavertown Brewery & Jester King | Rex Apiary 4.7% - Bière De Miel with Honey, Rosemary & Texas Dried Lemons
Green | Hawkshead Brewery & Modern Times Beer | Mojito 6.0% - Kettle Soured Tart IPA
Blue | Siren Craft Brew & Sante Adairius Rustic Ales | Santo del Frio 5.2% - Dry Hopped American Lager
Indigo | Wild Beer Co. & Side Project Brewing | Indigo 5% - Sour Wheat Beer with Foraged Fruits
Violet | Burning Sky Brewery & 3 Floyds Brewpub | Burial Vault 8.4% - White Stout
Other Rainbow Project launches are at: Leeds International Beer Festival (7th - 10th Sept), Beavertown Extravaganza (8th - 9th Sept), Wild Beer Co Taps (8th – 9th Sept), Bristol Craft Beer Festival (15th - 17th Sept) and Indy Man Beer Con (29th Sept - 1st Oct.)