Coopers has produced a ‘unique Australian style’ Regency Park Red Ale to celebrate its 160th anniversary.
Coopers, which claims the title of Australia’s largest independent family-owned brewery, has been in the brewing business since 1862.
To honour the occasion, the brewery has decided to produce an Australian twist on the classic Irish Red Ale style, made using Coopers’ traditional production techniques.
Dr Tim Cooper, Coopers’ Managing Director and Chief Brewer, said: “We’re pleased to expand our portfolio with the limited-edition Regency Park Red Ale to mark the special occasion of our 160th birthday.”
The beer joins follows on Coopers’ limited edition Hazy IPA (released in 2020) and Australian IPA (released last year).
“Coopers has been crafting traditional ales since 1862, when Thomas Cooper began brewing with the exclusive use of malt and hops in his brews,” Cooper added.
This particular expression has been created to showcase the malts used, and Coopers’ hallmark bottle conditioning.
“The use of drum-roasted caramel malts creates a rich red hue, while Coopers’ signature top fermentation and natural conditioning contributes to the full flavour and the cloudy appearance from the fine yeast sediment,” Cooper explained.
“A selection of all-Australian hops, including Eclipse and Melba, delivers a delicious hop-forward aroma. Drinkers can expect flavour notes of stone fruit, grapefruit, mint, and zesty orange peel.”
Tasting notes provided by the brewery state that the hops ‘have been used judiciously during brewing for late hop flavouring, and again in the fermenter to provide a fruity dry-hop character.’ The beer weighs in at 5.5 per cent ABV.
‘Together, these fragrant hops add notes of stone fruit, grapefruit, mint and zesty orange peel to the aroma and flavour of the beer.’
Coopers Regency Park Red Ale takes its name from the location of Coopers’ South Australian brewery, and will be available to ‘loyal retailers’ and venues in both kegs and 375ml cans from the end of March.