Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Mr George Bateman

"Mr George" passed a way a little while ago now, on June 25th 2007 but I've only just come across this obituary written by Roger Protz, I met him on only two occasions through work and found him to be a lovely charming man, all of the staff at George Bateman & Son Brewery knew him affectionately as "Mr George".

A sad loss.

George Bateman - Obituary

Rolling Hitch IPA 5.2% abv

Last night I sampled a bottle of Darwin Brewery Ltd Rolling Hitch IPA and thought that it was the dog's wobblies, it's gone straight to the top of my favourite bottled beer list, beating St Austell - Tribute by a nose.

The Write Up

Rolling Hitch 1864: A Traditional shipping rope knot - of which thousands were produced and tied on Wearside's famous roperies and ship yards.

Darwin Rolling Hitch: An award winning classio style India Pale Ale, produced with only the finest British pale malts combined with rich Amarillo hops resulting in a refreshing fruit flavour and clean hoppy aftertaste.

This one did exactly what it said on the tin(bottle) very refreshing, nice fruit flavours but not massivley overpowering but the Amarillo hop aftertaste lingers for ages, I've emailed my local micro brewer to enquire about getting hold of some Amarillo to have a crack at making a pale Amarillo brew this side of the wallet emptying season.

I'm going to get a half dozen of these in and save them for a special event in the near future ;o)

Friday, 21 September 2007

Hookey Street - Winter Ale

A few weeks ago I took the advice from Delboy about what to brew and he came up with this:

5000.00 gm Pale Malt (2 Row) UK (5.9 EBC) Grain 90.3 %
410.00 gm Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L (19.7 EBC) Grain 7.4 %
130.00 gm Chocolate Malt (886.5 EBC) Grain 2.3 %
49.00 gm Northdown [6.50%] (90 min) Hops 30.1 IBU
20.00 gm Styrian Goldings [3.00%] (15 min) Hops 2.6 IBU
20.00 gm Styrian Goldings [3.00%] (0 min) (Aroma Hop-Steep) Hops -

Having never brewed a dark un before I didn't know what to expect, I got 25L at 1056 in the fermenter this went down to 1010 so it's 6%.

I'm well chuffed with the results, a nice dark beer which isn't too heavy and certainly doesn't taste like a 6%'er, I think i'll be enjoying this one in the colder months, next time I get a chance to brew I think i'll do another (maybe target 5% though)

Here it is

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Tamworth Beer Festival

We went to the Tamworth Beer Festival on Friday 7th, we all had a great night, can't remember too much but ended up getting an overpriced take away from a posh indian and a cup of tea in a taxi rank.

These pictures / flashbacks are from the night.

The smaller of the two 'walls of ale'

You can just about see all of the kegs on this picture, there was a bottled beer/cider table just behind me also.

Lee put a really brave face on being dragged along to a Real Ale Festival.

He...well...he....was having a close look at the beer!

Mick seemed pleased with his selection of Cumbrian Lad, nice drop!

Neil, who apparently had a really shiny left eye brow!

Me, with what appears to be 'The Beer Sweats' too early in the night!

A much, much happier Lee once he'd found the strong cider and bottled lagers!

Entertainment for the evening was TreeBeard, they were great, crazy folk music covers and ale!

Towards the end of the evening Mick tried one of Lee's strong ciders, i'm quite sure he didn't like it!!!