Well, we've made it to 3 years old!!!
The anniversary of Brew No.1 was on Saturday and, despite us not being around to brew, we're sticking with tradition and brewing this year's vintage of the first ever brew, "Statement of Intent", as we've done for the previous birthdays, this being the 4th version of the beer.
SOI is a 5.5%-ish golden IPA with, even for us, a pretty hefty hop charge. The hops vary with each vintage and what the brewing team reckon are the best hops of the year... the table below shows how this has changed with each brew of this beer!
Brew 001 180613 - CTZ, Summit, Magnum, Citra, Galaxy, Cascade
Brew 072 180614 - CTZ, Summit, Magnum, Citra, Galaxy, Cascade, Chinook
Brew 133 180615 - CTZ, Summit, Amarillo, Mosaic, Citra
Brew 194 230616 - CTZ, Summit, Mosaic, Waimea, Citra
As you can see, Columbus (CTZ) and Summit are the big bolshy brutes which provide the bitterness and background flavour, whilst Citra has been a constant each brew for it's delicious fruity mangoey character... Mosaic has also been in the last two brews on account of it being plain delicious!
So, we brew on Wednesday, the first time we've not brewed on the actual anniversary but hey, we weren't coming in on Saturday to brew, although Gav was in to transfer beer and dry hop some tanks, whilst Gazza recovered from a party in Manchester!
Look out for Statement in 3 weeks or so, it's always worth a go for it's massive hop character because, as the name suggests, it's what we were set up to do.