Fudge + Beer = fudgeweiser?
by Dan Izzard
08 March 2018
We fudged up.
Fudge Kitchen’s flagship Bath shop is celebrating its 35th birthday this year and we haven’t got any drinks to take to the party!
What kind of a party would it be without a few beers?
Good thing then, that Bath Brew House have stepped in and offered to help make their Bath neighbours a pretty special Birthday brew. Yep, a beer with real fudge in it. In fact, the 1000 litres of beer will use over £200 of delicious dark chocolate fudge! We don’t think Fudge Kitchen will miss it though, the shop makes about 25 tonnes of fudge per year, 7 tonnes of which is sea salted Caramel – Bath’s favourite (ours is coffee).
The resulting beer will be available at Bath Brew House from the 26th Match. Says Fudge Kitchen manager Ian McCluskey:
"I’ve had a meeting with their head brewer and we’ve been through all the sciency, flavour profile stuff to come up with a beer that nods to fudge but isn’t super sweet and gross."
If you’ve taken a stroll through Abbey Churchyard in Bath you may well have been drawn into the Fudge Kitchen by a myriad of smells and offers of free tasters. It’s a hard sell we know. Ian and his team can be seen hand making the fudge using traditional tech involving copper cauldrons of bubbling fudge, poured onto marble (below) and ‘loafed and slabbed,’ using huge spatulas to turn the cooling fudge and achieve that Fudge Kitchen famed creaminess. An American concept; fresh, whipping cream fudge, made to an authentic 1830s recipe. Well, if it ain't broke.
The beer was made on 7th March by Fudge Kitchen manager Ian along with Bath Brew House master brewer Max Cadman with the finished beer available on tap at Bath Brew House from 26 March, until it runs out, and in 50 limited edition bottles in the Fudge Kitchen Bath shop.
Max and Ian have been keeping the name top secret and keeping their eyes on Twitter. If you have any suggestions let us know at @Crumbsmag . What the fudge are you going to do about it?