A quick post to update you on a couple of new collaborative beers we’ve produced recently. The first is a Heather Honey IPA produced with the shy and retiring boys from Arizona Wilderness in Gilbert, Arizona.
Jon and Pat visited the brewery a couple of weeks ago during their whistle stop tour of the UK to support this years Rainbow Project. In keeping with AZW’s local/foraged ingredient ethos we decided to brew something that would in parts utilise the Heather that has been (even more noticeably than usual) in bloom in these parts recently.
The recipe we settled on is a ‘Heather Honey IPA’ utilising local Heather Honey, lots of big a beautiful US Hops and a mixed yeast culture incorporating local West Yorkshire ale yeast. And it’s absolutely delicious! (even if we do say so ourselves) lots of floral sweet honey on the nose, big juicy/fruity hops in the mouth and a really balanced finish.
We’d been training hard for the visit of the AZ boys but ‘unfortunately’ they’d been broken by our friends from Buxton the night before so after a respectable qty of beers and some local curry we send them back to the hotel for an early night…
‘Cross Pollination’ is out and about in keg already, and some should also be heading to the US and all being well Arizona Wilderness brew pub, let us know what you think.
The second brew is a Rhubarb Braggot, brewed with Against The Grain Brewery from Louisville, Kentucky. On their first visit to the UK, Sam and Jerry stopped by on en-route to Indymanbeercon to drink beer, eat curry, receive their professional wrestling accreditation (Jerry) and brew a Rhubarb Braggot.
If you’re not aware a Braggot is a sort of beer/mead hybrid using honey to make up a large percentage of the fermentable sugars, and our version will use over 600Kg of delicious honey in production. In keeping with the local feel of the previous brew we decided to offset the sweetness with lots and lots of tart local Rhubarb (over 300Kg in all).
We’ve high hopes for ‘Rhubarbarella’ which promises to be a pretty original flavour. At the moment the beer is still fermenting away but should be out and about in a couple of weeks, with a portion also heading to the States with our lovely importers Shelton Brothers (who were present on the brew day too, cheers Kevin!).
4 Americans brewers, 2 brews, 2 curries, a few beers, lots of honey, lots of Rhubarb, a pro wrestler and an early night for AZ Wilderness all in the space of a fortnight.
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