Brewed to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the launch of HMS Beagle in 1820 we felt it was also appropriate to encompass Charles Darwin’s epic circumnavigation on board this great ship. Yerba Mate is a South American beverage with resembles an infusion of vegetables, herbs and grass, consumed either as an iced drink or heated and drunk from a gourd. Its medicinal properties are claimed to come from the high quality of polyphenols found in the drink, currently favoured by the Pope!
An instant herbal hit on the nose from the yerba maté, reddish-gold, slightly cloudy, lightly petillant and a pleasing touch of astringency, giving a dryness to the mouthfeel which balances the slight sweetness. Satisfying and refreshing on its own, this is an excellent beer to drink with fish dishes.