Raw Brewery is based in Staveley, near Chesterfield, and has been brewing since 2010. I have family connections in the area and encounter their beers quite often, but I have never encountered a beer of theirs quite like the one I came across yesterday. In fact, I would be hard pressed to think if have ever come across a beer like it.
'All Along The Herb Garden' was at the Flowerpot beer festival at Mirfield. It is pale, 3.9% and has no discernable hop flavours. That is not to say that they are not there but the main flavours there are created by an infusion of herbs. I checked the brewery website to assist me but it does not feature there so my notes are taken from the festival notes.
The beer has a distinctive nose, with lavender notes and lemon grass but the tasting notes also mention lemon verbana, nettle and chamomile. They all blend together to create an interesting beer. I thought it would be ok for half and then that would be it, but I found myself with a second one because I found it so interesting.
If you want to try it it will be available at the Flowerpot until it runs out, but there again there are plenty of other festival beers there to compensate.