We present to you Summer Smash in collaboration with LAWRENCE AND THE MOZART ESTATE.
So how did this come about? The usual Carnival magic I guess…
Two summers ago in the Carnival garage we had a call. DEFRA had just rejected some wonky honeydew melons and our friend Lucy at the Alchemist Kitchen contacted us to see if we could use them.
After some mind melting and mind melding Dom and I came up with a combination of juniper and mint to add to the recipe. A light and quaffable Berliner Weiss sour beer, that would be a delicate summertime quencher.
Two weeks later in the Carnival Garage kitchen we tasted the finished product before it went off to Pi Rose Lane… “That’s a summertime smash!”.
As the radio warmed up and the waves hit our ears the sound of the wonderful band Denim smashed into our world. And the title of that song…“Summer Smash”
Well, I love it with the cosmic universe throws down a gauntlet. We looked at each other and it just made sense that the beer should be called Summer Smash. But a beer name that is so inextricably linked to a tune that has so much history in the story of Lawrence, he of FELT, DENIM and GO-KART MOZART, we had to ask him the question.
How the heck do you ask Lawrence if he would like to be involved in a beer? Some might say it is a fool’s errand, I would say “Go For It”, that Belfast phrase that has been part of my being since time immemorial (check out that Stiff Little Fingers record).
Roll on two years and many exchanges between Lawrence and Tim Benton (a friend from our 1990s coming to Liverpool (yes, we’re that old), creator of the band BAXENDALE and all-round beautiful person who ended up using his artistic skills to design LP covers for Go-Kart Mozart).
The finished beer you see before you is delivered in a beautiful 440ml can that throws a good old nod to the Summer Smash single cover.
The wonderful Carnival brewing duo, Ed and Matt have taken the OG garage recipe and upscaled it to this new brew for this summer.
Lawrence has very generously given us an insight into the Mozart Estate Crown Jewels and concocted his own Q&A (see below).
Thank you Lawrence, Tim and Matt from Cherry Red Records in making this happen. And in the words of Jimmy Cricket “and there’s more”…
To be continued.
Love from Liverpool,
Q&A with Lawrence