Fearrington Fullsteam Summer ITA is Here

As the temperature starts to reach into the 90s and the humidity feels like a blanket of invisible water we find ourselves looking for the perfect way to cool down. Nothing in my opinion is better than the India Tea Ale produced in collaboration between Fullsteam Brewery and Fearrington Village. This is our second summer with this beer, and this year it is better than ever.

Since we are in the South, and the historical summer beverage of choice is iced tea, we thought it would be a great idea to have a beer that honors that tradition. The beer is a session India Pale Ale (IPA) infused with Governor Grey tea leaves from the Charleston Tea Plantation in South Carolina and Ahtanum and Zythos hops.

The Charleston Tea Plantation is a pretty spectacular operation. It is located on Wadmalaw Island in the South Carolina low country. They grow over 320 different varieties of Camilia Sinensis (the plant responsible for real tea, not to be confused with herbal tea) on 127 acres. The Governor Grey is a tip of the hat to Earl Grey, a black tea flavored with Bergamot. The citrus aroma from the bergamot is a perfect balance with the hops in the beer.

As mentioned before this is a session ale, and at 4.8% it is at that just right level for a summer beer. The folks at Fullsteam have really outdone themselves with this beer, and I think that you will agree, that summer has gotten just a little bit more enjoyable with this beer as a part of it.

Stop by Roost, The Fearrington House, or The Granary for a pint or pick up a bottle at The Goat. Cheers to a relaxing summer!

– Maximilian Kast, Wine Director