31 v 12 – and there’s more!Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm
This weekend sees the start of the events leading up to the Royal Welsh Show, where this year, Brecknockshire is the featured county, so we’ve produced a beer showcasing the best of Brecknockshire!
Described as :
A fabulous blend of Brecon Water, malted Marris Otter barley and British-grown Progress and Pioneer hops. A crisp, tawny Best Bitter, with a joyful, refreshing hoppy character –
Surely the finest beer in Brecknockshire?
It will be available at the Royal Welsh Advisory Fund’s Lunch at Talgarth on Sunday, hosted by Adam Henson, as well as at the Grasslands event at Merthyr Cynog on Friday 8th June. We’ll be there with our market stand as well, so please come and say hello to Martin and Angus and buy some beer to take home to enjoy!
31 v 12 – How fast was that month…?Posted May 31, 2012 at 11:59 am
Where did it go? I’m sure it was still April a few days ago? What a month its been though…
Week 1 – Old friends and soon to be married Ewan and Jenny came to stay for a few days, and to create a new beer…
Genesis 1:iii – Babel is born! This is a truly confusing beer – imagine a proper, full-on American Pale Ale - lots of malty backbone, and more hops than a skip full of frogs… Take Cluster, Challenger, Liberty, more Liberty, Sovereign, Pioneer, yet more Liberty and Citra hops, then age the beer for 1 month (at least) at 4 degrees on a bed of 1.5kg of Citra – this is a beer you can smell coming at you! Seriously full bodied and remarkably well balanced – this is a fun beer. Oh yes, the abv - 3.0% ! Yup, I said it was confusing! First casks are sneaking out to the Tanners at Defynnog and the Star at Talybont as I type – more to follow in June…
At the end of that week, we were all (except for Duncan who manfully maned the office!) up at Ludlow Castle for the SIBA Regional Competition and Spring Event – a cracking good weekend, with huge, thirsty crowds, and a lot of fun… Also looks like Nick Otley and myself have some work to do before Chrimbletide, but that’s another story…! Extra beers in on Sunday morning and less than 20 gallons left out of some 175 firkins – not bad at all. Just a shame the judges failed to pick the best beers there! Must try harder next time!
Week 2 saw a new record set in the Brewery with the most amout brewed in a week – not a lot of change from 100 Brewers Barrels! Time to buy more casks!
Week 3 was mostly catch up, cask cleaning and launching the Twilight Beacons – our new 4.0% dark Bitter - described as a dusky toned session ale – full bodied with a distinctive hoppy finish – the perfect Sun-Downer
Keep an eye out for it in a pub near you!
Also had a very pleasant day out (well evening out after the Brecon Farmers Market) up at the new Waen Brewery in Llanidloes, as the guest of John and Sue – a really good bash, great company, great beer, great bread, great BBQ, etc etc! Many thanks to all up there.
Week 4 : More casking and brewing more Gold Beacons as the large pile in the Cold Store suddenly vanished! The large pile of Diamond Beacons in the corner also vanished at high speed – might have to install speed cameras in there! Otherwise, getting ready for the Jubilee weekend – off to Belvoir Castle for the Land Rover Nationals and to help my good friend Duncan Holland of www.WholeHog.org.uk run the bar there, before retreating back to Wales on Sunday to get everything ready for the Great Welsh Beer Festival in Cardiff next week – come and find us at our bar in the CIA (or Motorpoint arena as we’re meant to call it these days…)
Enjoy the long weekend!
Brewer for the WeekPosted May 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm
Many thanks to Adrian Saunders who ventured over from Northern Ireland on his beautiful Royal Enfield to come and be Brewery
slave assistant for the week!
A busy week with more Gold Beacons and Beacons to the Sea being created, as well as the first run of Twilight Beacons – keep an eye out for this soon!
We also managed to survive the Great British Beer Festival Bar Managers’ Meeting…
Next stop – Reading Beer Festival!