Romney Marsh, ‘The Fifth Continent’, located on the Kent coastline. It boasts picturesque sand dunes; historic and wartime architecture; a national nature reserve and most importantly (some may say) it’s very own, family run brewery, suitablly named – Romney Marsh Brewery. They’re a very recent addition to the area, only established in Spring of last year but they’ve certainly started on the right foot. One of their four bottled ales reached the final of the prestigious ‘Taste of Kent’ awards. ‘Amber Ale’, no prizes for guessing what style it is, was a runner up in the 2015 ‘Best Kentish Beer’ category.
It’s pretty clear to see how it got that far, it’s an exceptional example of the style. The combination of three hop varieties, two from across the Atlantic and one from the brewery’s home county harmonise to produce a simply quaffable ale. The bottle’s label suggests drinking it only lightly chilled, so to maximise the tropical fruit taste. There’s bitterness and hints of caramel on the long finish and the head sticks around for the full duration. I’ve yet to visit their headquarters but next time I’m in the county I’m planning to pick up a refillable jug. I’ve no doubt the brewery will have continued success if their upcoming beers are as good as this 4.4% ABV Amber Ale.