Award Winning Beer Writer Adrian Tierney-Jones Creates His Own Craft Beer with Brains

Award-winning beer writer Adrian Tierney-Jones has recently worked on creating a craft beer with Brains – a traditional farmhouse Saison but brewed untraditionally with three American hops – Centennial, Columbus and Citra — hence the name Three-C’Son..

This is the latest collaboration continental beer from the craft brewery with famous beer writers and bloggers. Brains has previously invited others, including Pete Brown, Des de Moor, Glenn Payne and Sophie Atherton to develop their ‘ultimate continental beer’.

Adrian – author of 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die – describes the beer as follows:

“On Sunday I was able to taste a couple of bottles of the beer and found it rather delicious, especially when paired with an aged, blue-veined Cheddar from Green’s of Glastonbury. It is pale and hazy in the glass, almost like a sunset seen through the filter of a disintegrating summer’s day, perhaps with the promise of something less benevolent to follow on the morrow. A sweet-sour nose, led by a snappy green apple note (plus a hint of fresh ripe peachiness); on the palate there is green apple snappiness, medium sweetness, a hint of white pepper and some fatness from the alcohol. The carbonation is sprightly with a moussec-like mouthfeel, while the finish has a initial light sweetness that is followed by an good dry finish.”
Adrian Tierney-Jones, Author of 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die

Bill Dobson, head brewer at Brains, said: “It was great to have Adrian brew with us. He had a clear idea of the beer he wanted to brew, and the additional twist of adding the American hops gave it an extra dimension.”

Contenders in the continental beer challenge so far are Pete Brown, who brewed Dissolution, an abbey-style dubbel, and Robyn Black from The Publican’s Morning Advertiser, who brewed Blackbird, a schwarzbier.

All seven continental beers, including one from Brains, will be independently judged at an event on December 5. The winning beer will become part of Brains’ beer festival programme.

The first annual challenge in 2012 was for the ultimate IPA and saw the likes of Melissa Cole, Simon Martin and Tim Hampson brew their take on an IPA with Brains. Crowned the ultimate IPA was Boilermaker, which was brewed with Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham from Thinking Drinkers.

Three-C’son will be available in selected Brains craft beer houses from Monday, July 1, in cask. For a full list of stockists visit