Beer Backstory – Nude.
Back in the 1970s, it’s fair to say we Brits were something of a modest bunch. Corduroy trousers, green cable knit jumpers and flat, bland beer? Well, that sounded like a pretty good time back then.
It wasn’t until 1978 that we’d finally shake off our Victorian prudishness with a little help from Brighton and the UK’s first ever nudist beach – Duke’s Mound.
It’d be safe to say that it caused quite a stir in bland old Britain at the time and kickstarted a new age of fleshy freedom as we stripped down to our birthday suits and let it all hang out.
We’ll never know whether the launch of Britain’s first naturist beach inspired our founder Simon Whitmore to strip brewing of its nonsense and focus on craft and beautiful ingredients. But today, 40 years on from both the founding of Butcombe Brewery and the launch of Brighton’s Duke’s Mound beach, we’re proud to offer a beer which captures the spirit of those events – Nude.
When challenged with crafting this ode to simple freedom, we settled on golden naked oats. Nude’s use of these oats creates a full-flavoured beer that’s distinctive in its orange hue, with a and a silky smooth, nutty character (no sniggering at the back) to the malt backbone – just right to carry the American hops which give Nude its distinctive flavour.
With Citra, Simcoe, Amarillo, Mosaic and Cascade used to great effect in dry hopping, Nude’s bitterness stays exceptionally sessionable whilst offering up a rich, citrus nose. Much like a naturist beach, it’s something that’s best experienced first-hand.
At 3.9% ABV, we think it’s the perfect way to embrace your inner nudist, but if you do stumble across Nude at your local Butcombe pub, do remember that clothing is entirely mandatory, at least until you get home!