Navbrew English Rebel Pilsner 4.5% abv
English Rebel is the latest offering from the men at Navigation Brewery up in Nottingham. . . Not ring a bell? Allow me to introduce you to both.
Navigation brewery (Navbrew) are still in their relative adolescence as a brewery but are already punching above their weight. They are well established in their hometown and have strong branches reaching out in places like Leeds, London and even Lithuania. They run six casks and five craft beers from their tailor-made brewing equipment which range from the Ginger Ale Dream Catcher 3.5% to their stout Twisted Genius 4.5% which, for the less sharp of you, is definitely a pun, I think.
Navbrew also run a particularly individual range of 12 seasonal beers, tailored to a different event of every month. For instance, August has ‘Back Of The Net’ to mark the start of the football season, and April’s was ‘Last Knight’ for St George’s Day.
This new Pilsner however, meets somewhere on Navbrew’s slightly more conservative side. In keeping with its name, the English Rebel Pilsner is decidedly Non-British – echoing continental European Pilsner convention, with particular influences of traditional German and Czech Pilsners. It has a golden colour and is relatively light to drink; slightly hoppy with equally subtle malty notes. The beer is sweet with pleasant fruity textures which carries itself nicely from the first pint though to the forth… and most likely the fifteenth too. It has a crisp golden glow with more than palatable textures that I’m sure are an affirmation of the importance of using the finest quality ingredients. Which, as head brewer Dom Flynn makes clear, is of the up most importance in his well honed brewing method for the English Rebel, whether that come from using ionized water, the touch of lavender (!?) or the actual lack of foreign enzymes and chemicals.
Although the general impression that the beer gives off is one of tradition, it will be available is 330ml cans, in a rebellious contemporary twist.