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Rude Boy & King Crimson are on the bar, Gentleman’s Wit is in tank, we’re brewing a Doppelbock next week, and today we’ve got a another new beer on the bar. And this one’s a bloody beautiful British brew made with outrageous amounts of glorious English hops.
English hops are magnificent, delicate, aromatic and massively under-used, so we wanted to brew a brilliant pale ale, classically English in its malt base, and which really shows off all the amazing flavours that English hops can bring.
Think of it like walking through a forest – spicy and earthy and fragrant and herbal – while listening to a punk rock cover of the National Anthem. That’s the vibe. The beer is deep gold, it’s 5.1% ABV and hopped with Northdown, Goldings, Target, First Gold, Fuggles with massive amounts of hops added in the whirlpool and then as dry hop. It’s English hops like you’ve never tasted them before.
It’s only a small batch so get it while you can – it’s on the bar right now.
It’s the Independent Manchester Beer Convention this weekend. Britain’s best breweries are rolling into town and bringing their best beers with them for a huge celebration of beer and food.
We’re going to be there and we’re taking a few beers with us. If you’re going, here’s what you’ll see…
On Friday we’ll have King Crimson on the bar. That’s our sour red IPA aged in dessert wine barrels with brettanomyces, lactobacillus and pediococcus. It’s 7% ABV, the wild yeast makes it funky, the bacteria gives the sourness which combines with the outrageously bitter American hops to taste like grapefruit juice, that’s laced with vanilla from the oak barrel, all while there’s this background vinous depth. Insane!
On Saturday we’re pouring Rude Boy, our American-hopped imperial lager. It’s 6.8% ABV, it’s hopped with Cascade and Columbus, massively dry-hopped, dry hopped again, lagered for six weeks in tank and then left unfiltered. It’s a collaboration with Ska Brewing in Colorado, mashing together Camden Hells Lager and Ska Modus Hoperandi.
Then on both days we’ll also have Unfiltered Hells and Pale Ale. Why these? Because we love them. And looking at the other beers on the awesome beer list (see below and click to enlarge) drinkers are going to be craving a clean, dry lager or a banging 4% ABV American-style pale ale after a bunch of strong, hoppy beers.
If you’re going then come and say hi and have a drink.
It’s going to be a brilliant weekend – bring it on!