Success was not immediate for Deep Purple. They formed in ’68 but didn’t catch people’s attention until 1970 when they released the single ‘Black Night’ which is one of the greatest hard rock records ever. ‘Black Night’ got to number two in the UK single charts in 1970 and can be found on various Deep Purple compilation albums. They also had a string of classic albums in the 1970s including; Deep Purple in Rock, Fireball, Machine Head, Burn, Stormbringer and my personal favourite, the live double LP, Made in Japan.
The band split in 1976 bringing us various combinations such as Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Whitesnake, Pace, Ashton and Lord and Trapeze. They reformed in 1984 and have continued to record and tour. The latest addition to their line-up is legendary guitar virtuoso, Joe Satriani.
With such a vast back catalogue of great music, one needs a beer of depth and complexity to complement such great rock. My choice is the newly released Purity Maravilla Sour which comes as a limited edition of only 1200 750 ml. bottles. This is a truly exquisite brew made with Maris Otter, oats and Crystal malts and subtly hopped with British Godiva and Bullion hops. What really makes this beer outstanding are the Maravilla raspberries which are added to the brew.
The beer pours a dark amber with a raspberry aroma. The flavour is an intriguing mix of sourness and real fresh raspberries. This is as good, if not better than any Belgian Lambic fruit beer. I have tried a number of British fruit beers which are artificially flavoured and they just don’t work. However, Purity has got it right by using fresh local raspberries to sweeten what would otherwise be a sour but very refreshing drink.
Sour fruit beers originated in Belgium when brewers added locally grown cherries or raspberries to sweeten their sour, naturally fermented, barrel-aged beers. Cantillon, Boon, Lindemans and Timmermans are a few of the traditional breweries who still produce these beers, some of which are available in the UK. A few British breweries have also brewed fruit beers.
Purity Brewing was founded in 2005 and are based on a farm near the village of Great Alne, Warwickshire. Purity also brews a range of cask conditioned and bottled beers including; Gold, Amber, Pale, IPA, Lager and a Black Beer. Maravilla Sour is available directly from the brewery at £13.50 for a 750 ml. bottle. If you live in the Warwickshire area you might also be lucky enough to find it available in keg form at your local pub.