Craft snakebite and black

SBBN Thistly Cross Craft Snakebite and Black for 2016
SBBN Thistly Cross Craft Snakebite and Black for 2016

Thistly Cross Cider and Tempest Brewing have teamed up to release a limited edition ‘craft snakebite’ for 2016.

The snakebite is known officially as Saison Cider with Blackcurrants and is the latest collaboration between the companies. The saison has been triple-fermented and brewed using Golden Promise malt, Brambling Cross hops, Thistly Cross Cider and fresh blackcurrants.

The friendship between the two companies has spanned many years and many collaborations, the latest being a result of their previous success with Saison du Pommes, brewed alongside Thistly Cross apple juice. Head Cidermaker at Thistly Cross Cider, Peter Stuart, said: “We are excited to be working together with Tempest for another fantastic collaboration after the success of Saison du Pommes. Our latest Saison is a craft update on snakebite and black and I’m confident that folk are going to love what we’ve done!”

The result is a fruity, spicy drink, with a blackcurrant twist. At 7.4% ABV, this big beer is one for sipping by the fire on a winter evening. Drinkers will be able to enjoy its berry notes with a spiciness, with an infusion of earthy, spicy tartness, and a rich, fruity finish.

The saison is available to buy through Tempest Brewing’s online shop at and will start appearing in bottle shops and bars throughout Scotland and England in the new year.