We've promised an amazing line-up for Sunday's Open Day and we feel we've done just that.
Since it’s London Beer City (LBC) and all, on our “Friends’ Tap” we’ll have the official London Beer City beer on. This is brewed by our friends at Fourpure, Five Points and Beavertown alongside Fullers. The beer is refreshingly light and summery, easy drinking and we’re stoked to be one of the few taprooms to have it on.
Now you’ve probably heard about “Hops Maiden England”, the all-English hopped pale ales we’re churning out in the hope to find a wickedly tasty and exciting prototype that will feature as part of our core range. The blog here bares all. Anyways, we’re getting a lot of good ratings for both the prototypes we’ve first released but not many votes as to which one is better. We will be releasing more but want to get the ball rolling on what hops work and are preferred. So we’ll have Hops Maiden Englands on: Olicana, Minstrel and Bramling Cross in bottle vs. Olicana, UK Chinook and UK Cascade on draught. The former has the aroma of British hedgerow, Primrose Hill summertime and floral notes; the latter is zestier with some earthiness and sandalwood. Make sure you cast your votes!
Warning contains Nuts! Sally Squirrel is our pretty whacky (or nutty, if you’ll excuse the pun) collab with Tim Anderson for Nanban. It’s essentially a dark lager base, brewed with miso for umami & saltiness, chokeberry for tartness & sweetness, walnuts for an added dimension of earthiness and Mosaic hops for bitterness and a fruitier aroma. Then we fermented it with Sake yeast to dry it out and well, because Tim and ourselves are Japanophiles. It sounds full on but like any great chef and with the help of one, we worked real hard to balance those aromas and flavours.
Lord Nelson was originally brewed at our brewery when Andy Parker of Elusive Brewing had just started out. This is version 2, called Lord Nelson (2016), where we got to christian Andy's brewery with his first collab and re-make this fantastic beer. The beer itself is a farmhouse style ale fermented with Saison yeast and heavily hopped and dry hopped with much coveted New Zealand Nelson Sauvin. Full of lip-smacking gooseberry and vinous notes on the palate with a dry finish.
Now an occasional brew but originally a milestone beer to mark our reaching Brew 100, we love a bit of Double Perle. Essentially, an amped up version of our Black Perle, it is more of everything: creamier, slightly sweeter and more chocolate-y. It’s a richer beer but we suitably add more Has Bean coffee to compliment the roasted flavours of the darker malts used.
The big beer of our Open Day is massively limited and supremely special. We will have a Brewery exclusive pin of Defacer, the triple IPA that we developed to mark our 200th brew. Casks of this bad boy do not exist so this is a big deal. That’s an 11.1% beast of an IPA, with heaps of Sorachi Ace alongside Summit and Apollo. It’s got lemoncurd, sherbert, coconut and citrus notes, packing a juicy punch with its strength and bitterness. Yet we find this is one of the easiest drinking TIPA out there.
But that’s not all! We’ll have other specials to drink-in or take-away:
· 7th Church of the Apocalyptic Lawnmower: our Anspach & Hopbday collab Dark Cream Ale
· Safeword: Chokeberry IPA that’s officially an occasional beer now, with an awesome new label
· Attack of the Ryeclops: the 1st of our Rye series, a Rye Pale Ale
· Heaven & Hell: Heaven Hill bourbon barrel aged Holy Hoppin’ Hell ie: barrel-aged DIPA that is as great as the song it’s named after
· Sadako, barrel aged in Jack Daniels Whisky: 660ml waxed bombers of beautiful beer
Remember drinking-in will be happening at Unit 5 our brewery, whilst take-out is from Unit 9, the warehouse. T-shirt and glassware sales will be facilitated at both. Also at Unit 9, be sure to partake in the LBC raffle. We’ve got a range of prizes from free-drinks or bottles or merch.