Our beers are not only influenced by our winemaking, but also by our family’s heritage and our deep connection with beautiful Douro valley. We aim to reflect the Douro’s storied history as well as it’s bountifulness in everything that we make.
Second up in our barrel aged series with Pedro Lima is Bâtonnage. After 8 months in La Rosa’s wine barrels, this big Beglian Tripel is blended with white fortified wine to make something pretty unique that even those monks would have been proud of.
Hazy, fresh, and clean, the Pump Pale is truly modern Pale Ale. Despite its lower alcohol it has a beautiful clean, yet full body that is balanced by generous aromas. Bright and zesty with beautiful tropical and citrus notes, Pump Over Pale is the perfect sessionable beer. Perfect all year round, even better in the summer.
Our Stout is what we think a proper stout should be, but with a twist. As you might expect it’s dark and smoky, with wonderful hints of chocolate and caramel. But the addition of La Rosa’s LBV 2017 adds bright red fruit and notes of cherry liqueur. In all this is a proper treat.
The beer that started our barrel aged series. Aged for 5 months in used wine barrels before being blended with La Rosa’s LBV, it’s incredibly hedonistic and filled with plenty of surprises. A one-of-a-kind of beer that sees Pedro Lima’s creativity combine wonderfully with Jorge Moreira’s precision.
We like fresh, juicy IPAs so we’ve dry-hopped ours with Amarillo, Citra, and Simcoe for a crisp yet aromatic treat. These hops combine beautifully with the clean malt bill (mostly Extra Pale) to create in an incredibly delicious and easy to drink beer. Think tropical and citrus fruit, with a nice bitter finish.
Quinta de la Rosa Craft Beer was born in 2017 when visiting Brewer Richard Naisby from Milton Brewery in Cambridge came to visit after a particularly wine-fuelled cricket tour. The idea was simple – adapt La Rosa’s wine equipment to see whether making the Douro’s first craft beer was possible.
Suffice to say it really resonated with Philip Bergqvist, who had long dreamed of making beer, and his nephew Kit, who had recently graduated from University having spent far too much time in the pub. In short, it was too good an idea to pass up. With very little brewing knowledge, a can-do attitude, and a lot of bravado, the two of them set about making their dream a reality. Over the last few years, they have honed their recipes and gradually invested in specialist equipment, all the while drinking a considerable amount of beer.
Nowadays, the idea has developed in something more ambitious. We want to take advantage of our unique position of having both a winery and brewery by blending decades of winemaking experience with our newfound passion for brewing. As such, our winemaker Jorge Moreira has been key to the development of the project by imparting his invaluable perspective throughout the brewing process.
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