Last Wednesday saw us travel down to Reading to deliver some beers to our customers down that way and then partake of a few beers with Mike and Iain from Wild Weather brewing of Silchester. We ended up, as predicted, in the wonderful Nag's Head where Jody plied us with all manner of cask, keg and bottled beers of varying degrees of awesomeness; some of the samples from new brewers proved that some of them need to do a lot of work on recipes and pricing!
Thursday was brewday and, after a slight delay, we mashed in with Maris Otter, Carared and Melanoidin malts and hopped with Liberty, Chinook and Mosaic; the dry-hop will also be Mosaic and a touch of Sorachi Ace which is never a bad thing! The resulting beer will be a Red IPA with plenty of hops...
The name for both beers has been decided as "Sunday League Relegation Playoffs"; this is a piss-take on the "premier division" brewers who have all the money and power whilst us little guys make do with the scraps left over! And I bet you never thought there was discord in brewing, did you?
Anyhow, our "home" collab, the orange session stout, goes to conditioning tomorrow with the orange extract and Mandarina Bavaria hops (plus a dash of Sorachi Ace too) and we're in the planning stages of a dual release event in Reading in a months' time or so; stay tuned for more information on this.