Malta’s first craft brewery Lord Chambray is starting to export a newly released beer, Special Bitter, to Germany and Italy. Special Bitter, is the fifth beer in Lord Chambray’s range of beers.
Samuele Imperio, managing director of Lord Chambray told Food and Wine Gazette during the first ever craft beer master class organised in Malta that a new beer, the Special Bitter which is a traditional English style bitter is now available in Germany and Italy.
The beer, which was tasted in Malta for the first time last week, is characterised by an optimal balance between the scents of malts and mild notes of hops.
The choice of hops have been rigorously sourced from the English countryside and give the beer its character while remaining faithful to the traditional style.
This bitter ale has a medium body and a moderate carbonation that guarantees that the beer is easy to drink. Hops is added during maturation to increase the bitterness of the beer.
The end result is a refreshing and tasty beer which will join the other four beers in the Lord Chambray range. Given this beer is being exported, the name of the fifth beer in the Lord Chambray Range is simply Special Bitter unlike the other four which have names of some of the top spots on the Maltese islands.
The brewery made its first brews in June 2014 and will launch a new 6th beer in June using some ingredients that come from Gozo. No details have been released yet but Samuele said this will be a unique beer in the world and 50 per cent of the ingredients will be sourced locally.
“The challenge for us is to be able to use local ingredients,” he said.
Lord Chambray will also be participating at the Great British Beer Festival between 9 August and 14 August in Olympia, London.
The craft brewery can be found on the island of Gozo. Visitors can visit the brewery from Monday to Saturday.
The brewery was founded in 2014 by the D’Imperio family, who first visited Gozo in the late ‘90s and immediately fell in love with it. At Lord Chambray, a quality approach has been taken in every single aspect of the business, from the ingredients chosen to the brewing process, including the brewery and bottling equipment. The LC logo of Lord Chambray has been designed by architect and interior designer Marco Preti.
Notes on the new Special Bitter: Alcoholic content: 3.8%, Colour: Pale Amber, Foam: Fine and persistent, Bottle size: 33cl, Serving temperature 12C, Ideally served refrigerated 24 to 48 hours earlier