Friday 11 May 2018

Blueberry Cheesecake pale....

What's going on at Hopcraft then?  It used to be all beer that tasted of beer (hops, mainly) but now they've gone all Hipster?

Well, we've been brewing pale and hoppy beers (plus some dark ones) for the last 4.5 years as Gazza like them and doesn't want to brew beer he doesn't like - fair enough, thinks the editor.  However, the signs were on the wall when "Campania", our Neapolitan milk stout, made it's appearance a year or so back, and it's now being surpassed in strangeness and interest by some of the new brews!

So, next up is an extremely pale ale (Carling coloured but, luckily, not with the same character!) dosed with 80kg of (very expensive) Blueberry puree and lots of (by volume even more expensive) Indian vanilla extract which gives a vivid purple colour and a fruity, vanillary taste which is both complex and interesting, although it's the colour which is the first draw here!

This is being kegged and casked next week so, if you'd like to try it, better get a move on and order some / persuade your pub to get hold of some as it won't hang around.....

It's that time of year again!

What time of year?  Gorse time, of course!

Gazza and Sue have currently got severe finger punctures from picking gorse flowers from South and Mid Wales for use in our Spring seasonal beer "Bumper to Bumper" which contains gorse flowers to add a complex and unusual coconutty character aided and abetted by the bizarre Sorachi Ace hop which originated in Japan and is surely one of the most unusual hops available with aromas of coconut and dill!

So, please appreciate our hard work and pricked fingers (why does gorse have to be SO bloody spiky?) by drinking Bumper to Bumper; cheers :)