From the middle of November, watermelon beer – created by a homebrew enthusiast from north London – will be available on Waitrose’s shelves.
‘Mr Smith Gose to’ – an homage to the German top-fermented beer and the 1939 Frank Capra movie Mr Smith Goes to Washington – was developed by digital designer Josh Smith using a recipe for watermelon, feta and mint salad.
“Watermelon works so well with salty flavours and I naturally made the connection to Gose – a sour and salty beer,” he explained.“I had tried Mello watermelon juice from Waitrose and was impressed by how much flavour it had, so used that in my beer.
Josh’s watermelon beer was chosen after it won this year’s Great British Homebrew Challenge, which aims to unearth the UK’s tastiest homebrew beer.
“I brew because I really enjoy the process of recipe creation and experimentation,” Josh added. “I split lots of my batches into smaller sizes and add different ingredients to each, from hops to different fruit and other, sometimes strange, additions. Some turn out well, some less so, but it’s great to push boundaries of the things you can make at home.”