Here’s your cheat sheet for Tired Eyes by Chapter Brewing Co. Chapter Brewing, founded in 2016, is an independent brewery based in Cheshire brewing ‘Fictional Beer’ inspired by literature and served up with a reading suggestion in lieu of a food pairing.
Chapter Brewing Co, Tired Eyes / wheat beer / 5.3% ABV / IBU not available
Featured in main subscriber box on 12 April 2018.
Find the brewery on Twitter at @ChapterBrewing. Looks like they’re not on Instagram.
Serve this beer at 4°C to 7°C; stick it in the fridge by 6pm so it has time to cool right down.
As ever, be wary of over-chilling your beer. More chill means less flavour. To learn more read my post on recommended serving temperatures.
Flavours to expect
“Luxurious, local Haughton Honey and delicate Camomile flowers.”
I haven’t found much information about this beer, but we do know it’s a wheat beer. This usually means a softer, slightly fuller body with a good fluffy head, a touch of haze in the glass, and a slightly tart citrus note. On top to this, we know that honey and camomile have been added. The honey might give a sweet note to balance out the tartness from the wheat, or it might not. It depends when it was added and how much its sugars were fermented. It could instead add a dryness and lighten the body somewhat. The overall impression I’m getting here is a light, fruity, smooth, perhaps delicate beer. Probably not a juicy banger.
Chapter Brewing like to suggest you pair your beer with a book instead of a dish. Or in this case, a poem: No Time by Charles Bukowski. I’m told you can find it in a collection called Bone Palace Ballet published in 1997 by Black Sparrow Press. I had hoped to get hold of this in time to share the poem with you, but didn’t have any luck.
So instead I’m going to remind you that wheat beer is very versatile when it comes to pairing with food. Halibut, salmon, and crab are all coming into season now, plus shrimp, whitebait and lobster. All of these should go well as wheat beer loves fish and seafood. Early peas, radishes, asparagus, rocket, watercress and spring onions should all be coming in too – so we definitely have a nice salad in the offing there to accompany your fish. And Jersey Royals on the side – again just coming into season.