Regular Brewclub readers will know that I’m a fan of Thornbridge’s brews. I love their pale ales, particularly ‘Jaipur’ and ‘Kipling’.
‘Jaipur’ was my favourite beer of 2011, there are always a couple of bottles in my ‘beer fridge’ and it remains a ‘go to’ brew if I ever see it in a bar.
Well, while paying a visit to Thornbridge’s website recently I spotted something rather unusual. Alongside the usual ‘Breweriana’ – Polo Shirts, T Shirts and bar towels – they now sell soap!
Seriously, they’re now selling ‘Jaipur’ and ‘Wild Swan’ soap, hand-made for them by the good people at the Bakewell Soap Company. These soaps not only contain the ‘precious oils, plant extracts and botanicals’ that you would perhaps expect, but also the aromatic hops that go into their namesake brews – for ‘Jaipur’ that’s Ahtanum, Centennial, Chinook, and Warrior hops, while for ‘Wild Swan’ it’s Hallertau, Northern Brewer, Chinook, Celia and Sladek hops.
As with their namesake brews, these soaps are rich, aromatic mixes that are both floral and, at the same time, manly.
If that sounds strange, I handed a bar of Jaipur soap to a friend who commented ‘Wow, that smells great, it’s really aromatic’.
When I countered with “Yes, but it’s not ‘girly’ aromatic.” he was quick to agree.
And, at about the same price as a bottle of their beers, while it’s not cheap, I can confirm that it lasts much, much longer!