Signature Brew in Leyton, East London has today announced the launch of Anthology, a highly limited edition Imperial Stout. The beer has been designed and created by Signature Brew’s head Brewer Riina Lääts, who joined the team at Signature 12 months ago, after previously brewing for Estonia’s Sori Brewing. After working closely on developing and tightening Signature Brew’s core range with founders Tom Bott and Sam McGregor, Anthology has been Lääts opportunity to express her brewing prowess on a more personal level.
Anthology weighs in at 10% ABV with the recipe showcasing 6 different malts, healthy additions of Chinook hops and the addition of cacao nibs adding profoundly bittersweet chocolate notes. Anthology features intense flavours of dark chocolate, hints of licorice and vinous notes of dark stone fruit, which lead to a lingeringly bitter finish. The beer will be available exclusively in 440ml cans and 20l keykegs. Signature Brew’s regular designer Simon McCoy is responsible for the striking artwork that adorns the label.
Lääts explains why out of all the styles available to choose from, she went with an imperial stout:
“As the nights have started drawing in and we begin to head to the cosiest pubs possible it seemed a deep, velvety imperial stout was the only option! The style also lends itself to being regularly reworked for each annual edition and the scope for twisted spin-offs is endless. All of the guys here are already pitching their ideas for next years version, so watch this space…”
As Lääts indicates, Anthology will become an annually released beer, launched each year in the late autumn. Future releases will also include barrel-aged versions, as some of this year’s batch has been put aside for maturation in oak. Signature Brew co-founder Tom Bott explained why the East London brewery is so excited to kick start this project:
“2017 has been a good year for new beers coming out of our Leyton home and Anthology is the pinnacle of our brewing expression. Everyone in the team has excitedly observed the beers development and we now can’t wait to share it with the world. This is a beer that should be shared with friends while listening to a classic record, or better still aged for future enjoyment.”
The launch of Anthology will be celebrated on Sunday 3rd December at The King’s Arms, Bethnal Green. Launch parties will also take place on December 6th at The Beer Emporium, Bristol and on December 14th at Dead Crafty, Liverpool. Anthology will be available at select independent retailers and venues around the UK from next week.