ENGLISH tea and coffee company Taylors of Harrogate has entered the beer market through a collaboration with a microbrewery.
Yorkshire-based Outlaw Brewing Co worked with the company, as well as London-based beer writer Melissa Cole, to create tea-infused ale Mad Hatter.
The 6.2% ABV Jasmine green tea India pale ale was launched in December, with production limited to just 75 casks.
Founded in 1996 as an offshoot of Rooster’s Brewing Co, Outlaw had been inactive for several years. Mad Hatter marks the brewery’s return to action under brothers Tom and Oliver Fozzard. Both Outlaw and Taylors of Harrogate are family-owned businesses.
The Fozzards worked closely with Ian Brabbin, head of tea at Taylors, on the creation of the beer.
“We tasted different teas together in our tasting room in Harrogate and selected a high quality Chinese Jasmine leaf tea for Mad Hatter,” said Brabbin.
“All of our tea tasters visited the brewery to see first-hand the fascinating art of the brewing process.”
Image – Mat Hatter is a tea-infused ale.