We've got quite a few meet the brewers planned at the present moment, with Derby and Edinburgh coming up soon... for now, however, we headed off to the lovely Derbyshire town of Ashbourne where Artisan is located, the bar run by Paul Duke of the most excellent Dukes Ales beer wholesalers of Buxton.
The event was ticketed and held upstairs in an amazing room with huge crux beams; apparently it's the second oldest building in town! We presented (talked about, then rambled on about all manner of subjects) 7 of our beers in order...
- Hopcraft Ghost in the Circuit (cask)
- Hopcraft / Waen Bumper to Bumper (keg)
- Hopcraft Wolf (cask)
- Waen Lemon Drizzle (keg)
- Waen Pamplemousse (cask)
- Hopcraft Campania Neapolitan milk stout (keg)
- Waen Snowball (white chocolate and Raspberry edition) (cask)
One amusing incident was when everyone laughed when Sue said "cock".... apparently there had been a sweepstake on when she'd say it!
With pretty much universal good responses from the knowledgeable and engaged audience who asked questions, listened and showed appreciation when required! The whole thing took a couple of hours and finished, once the last customers had left, with a lot of gin, rum and a bottle of very rare Buxton beer!
Next morning involved a very good quality and large full English before the drive back to Wales...hard work, this meet the brewers lark!
|obligatory van selfie (with Twigs!)|
|Obligatory "pre mtb" selfie|
|Explaining something or other|
|Sue telling em how it is|
|Gazza with owner Paul Duke...|