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North Liverpool’s Neptune Brewery has launched the Trident Collaboration project, a three-way venture that aims to celebrate three distinct, yet entwined, aspects of the craft beer industry.
Atlanna brew day at Neptune Brewery
The three aspects are:
- The people behind the brewery, the lasting professional and personal friendships that endure, and the new ones forged
- British brewing ingredients and the producers behind them, particularly in light of recent shared struggles, with an emphasis on shining a light on the majesty of English hops
- The dedication and talents of women in beer
To launch the project, Neptune has partnered with East London’s Five Points Brewing Company and Whitelock’s Ale House, in Leeds, to brew an English IPA.
Background to the collaboration
The invitation for the collaboration came from the shared brewing ethos of Neptune and Five Points, which extends to the style of beers that both breweries enjoy making. With a Neptune event already in the making with Five Points’ sister venue, Whitelock’s, as part of the Leeds International Beer Festival 2021 celebrations, it was only natural to incorporate a collaboration into the mix and brew a three-way special beer together.
The project was spearheaded by the newest addition to the Neptune Brewery team, Chess Slattery. A beer sommelier with six years experience in the industry, Chess joined as Neptune’s sales and beer experience manager earlier this year. Having begun her full-time beer career at Five Points back in 2016, Chess was keen to partner with her old colleagues on the project.
She said: “You hear the trope being peddled time and time again about how supportive and co-operative the folks in the beer industry are, but in my experience, it really is true. It’s something we’re committed to at Neptune, and I knew my old pals at Five Points would be enthused about this project and its aims.
“Add to that Whitelock’s passion to champion women in beer, which very much mirrors our own commitment as a female co-owned brewery, and we had the perfect team for the Trident Collaboration.”
Brewing the beer
In early August 2021, Greg Hobbs (co-founder and head brewer at Five Points), Alana Lim (brewer) from Five Points, and Beth Templeton, the assistant general manager at Whitelock’s, brewed an English IPA at the Neptune brewhouse in North Liverpool.
Both committed to reaffirming their support of British malt and hop producers, an enthusiastic email exchange ensued between Greg and Neptune head brewer Les O’Grady about which English hops to use. There could only be one beer style for the Trident Collaboration.
Greg said: “Being invited to brew an English IPA with Neptune Brewery was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the best of our industry. Seeing old friends and making new ones, paying homage to our brewing heritage and ingredients, and championing women in beer.”
The beer was brewed with British Golden Promise and crystal malts, alongside Admiral, Endeavour, and Bramling Cross hops, and is a 5% ABV modern take on the traditional style. It boasts a delicious sweet pie-crust base, balanced by quintessentially earthy and spicy English hop notes, with invigorating citrus character and a pleasing bitter finish.
Called Atlanna, after the warrior queen of Atlantis who proudly wielded the five-pointed trident, this represents the coming together of two brewing spirits. Atlanna’s strength and leadership mirrors the unyielding dedication and talents of women in beer, championed in this collaboration.
Beth said: “We were honoured to be invited along as part of the Trident Collaboration with Neptune, alongside our Five Points family. It felt extra special to be brewing in celebration of women in beer and, especially after the difficult times we’ve all had recently, it was great to get stuck in with a group of lovely like-minded folk, to come together to create a new and delicious beer, showcasing the best of British ingredients.”
Greg added: “We had a great trip to Liverpool, a great day brewing Atlanna, and are very much looking forward to the launch at Whitelock’s on the 1st September!”
Atlanna will have its debut at Whitelock’s/Turk’s Head in Leeds on Wednesday, 1st September, with all members of the Trident Collaboration in attendance. Atlanna will take centre stage, alongside seven other Neptune beers, and some Five Points favourites. There will also be a special dish created by the Whitelock’s kitchen to pair with the beer.
It will then pour all weekend at the 9th Leeds International Beer Festival, which takes place between the 2nd and 5th September at Leeds Town Hall. Atlanna will also be pouring at a celebratory event at The Grapes, Roscoe Street, in Liverpool, on Wednesday, 15th September. Atlanna’s London pour will be at The Five Points’ own Pembury Tavern in Hackney.
Julie O’ Grady, co-owner of Neptune and founder of Ladies That Beer, an inclusive social and educational group for women to enjoy beer, said: “I’m excited to have these events happening, which is the perfect way to finish off the Trident Collaboration, and I’m proud to be able to highlight other women in the beer industry and the excellent job they do.”
Atlanna will be on general sale and available in cask, keg, and can from mid-September.