Fourpure Pils

Fourpure Pils -- can and glass.

As lager lovers, we’re always keen to try British brewers’ attempts, especially when we’ve heard good things about them from fellow beer geeks.

Bermond­sey Beer Mile brew­ery Four­pure’s Pils has gen­er­at­ed plen­ty of atten­tion, part­ly because it comes in that most con­tentious of con­tain­ers, a 330ml can.

Trust­ing our peers, rather than dab­bling with one or two, we includ­ed half a dozen (@ £1.95 each, plus P&P) in our last order from Beer Mer­chants, placed at the height of the recent heat wave when we were crav­ing things cold and refresh­ing.

At first, we were a lit­tle dis­ap­point­ed: com­pared to the cans of St Austell Korev we had picked up from the local CO-OP (@ about £1.10 each) Four­pure Pils seemed rather rough-edged. Last night, how­ev­er, hav­ing emp­tied the last two cans and crushed them against our fore­heads with a roar (obvi­ous­ly not) we con­clud­ed that it was good stuff after all.

It is, for one thing, far from bland: by the stan­dards of most beers call­ing them­selves Pils, it has a pro­nounced wild-flower, black­cur­rant, sting­ing net­tle hop aro­ma, back up by a robust, parch­ing bit­ter­ness.

The hint of rough­ness remained in evi­dence, how­ev­er – some­where in the brew­ing and pack­ag­ing process, we’d guess there is oxy­gen where there should­n’t be, lead­ing to a per­sis­tent stale, papery note in the back­ground. It’s much, much clean­er than our home-brewed lager (plas­tic buck­et, no tem­per­a­ture con­trol) but there are sim­i­lar­i­ties.

Depend­ing on your tastes, though, this might read as that much-desired qual­i­ty – ‘char­ac­ter’.

We could­n’t resist one final exper­i­ment – would it taste dif­fer­ent necked straight from the can? Side-by-side with a serv­ing in a fan­cy stemmed tast­ing glass, we not­ed to our sur­prise that despite this prac­ti­cal issue…

…the aro­ma was actu­al­ly far bet­ter, con­cen­trat­ed through the tiny aper­ture into a nee­dle of bright hop­pi­ness right up the nos­trils. From a glass, though still punchy, aro­ma, flavour and bit­ter­ness all seemed gen­er­al­ly gen­tler.

In con­clu­sion, we’d buy Four­pure Pils again, and look for­ward to try­ing it on tap when we get the chance.

3 thoughts on “Fourpure Pils”

  1. Read­ing that id con­clude maybe worth a try if I see it in a bar and don’t fan­cy owt else but for homedrink­ing noth­ing to make me switch from notably cheap­er bud­var

  2. What’s excit­ing for me is that how bet­ter it already is than it was 6 months ago. It’s evolv­ing, improv­ing and it’s evi­dent the brew­ery are work­ing hard to get their beers ‘dialled in’.

    St. Austell Korev is on tap at a pub in Ken­sal Green near where I work (The Masons Arms). I think it’s fan­tas­tic, hope I see those £1.19 priced cans in a Lon­don super­mar­ket soon.

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