An Interesting Week, A Couple’a’ Beers & My Next Project

Stereophics-brewing-their-limited_-edition-beer-with-Brains-Brewery-696x450 (1)It’s been a pretty crazy week at work so far doing the supporting thing for the brewery!
We’ve had a massive new phone system installed which has pretty much revolutionised the way we communicate whilst bringing with it the usual teething issues.
Not forgetting a large number of new starters which has meant ensuring kit set-up and permissions provided to access systems.

On the flip side. Whilst working a shift on Monday, we had a cheeky surprise that the Sterophonics would be popping by to say howdy doody.
This led to the announcement at S A Brains, of a collaboration beer with The Sterophonics.
Aptly named ‘Phonics’, the taster notes go like this :-
“Phonics is a vibrant pale ale with complex citrus, fruit and floral hop character with sweet biscuit and caramel malt flavours, balanced with a crisp bitter finish”
We even got the opportunity in the afternoon to try the beer, Which you’ll be pleased to know match the tasting notes, and meet the band.
I even managed to squeeze in and get a team photo with Kelly Jones – Lead Singer of the Sterophonics.

Next beer project update anyone?

grainsOatmeal Stout – Kit Preperation

Sticking with the dark ale theme, I’ve prepared my latest kit ready for the weekend.
I’m looking to produce a full flavoured and full bodied oatmeal stout with good head retention (That’s what she said).
I’ll be adding barley & torrified wheat for a good quality head which should last, chocolate & black malts for a rich flavour and colour, crystal malts for sweetness and my usual base malt of marris otter. A dusting of hops will be included to add a light quantity  of bitterness and aroma.

I’m really looking forward to getting this one on the go. Join me on Sunday to see how things go!
Here is the recipe for the 1 Gallon brew I’ll be producing.

720g Marris Otter
90g Oats
90g Crystal
90g Roast Barley
45g Chocolate
45g Black
45g Torrified Wheat
6g Fuggles Hops
6g Chinook Hops
British Ale Yeast (Mangrove Jack’s M07)

IMG_20160120_192244Waen Brewery Triple

Being Mid week, I thought that now would be a good time to get a few more tasty beers in. Through a secret santa at work, I was pleased to receive a package of four beers from Waen Brewery who sell their beers through a couple of Gravity Station venues in and around Wales.

As usual, here as some taster notes and my thoughts on the variety on offer today.
Join me wont you?

Chilli Plum Porter

A dark velvety porter with Luscious plum flavours and a chilli warmth.

Sailor Man

Brewed with spinach in the boil and fragrant hops

Rough Rider

Shortcake malt flavours balanced with bitterness. Hoppy bite, enjoy the ride.

I kicked things off with the original and still the best Chilli Plum porter.  A dark and rich beer with chocolate notes and a full, sweet fruity flavour.
The chilli kick is just enough to add a new dimension without blowing your socks off.
I was really unsure about trying Sailor Man and in a way, my concerns were pretty much right. The beer poured with a strange green to brown colour and offered an even stranger earthy aroma – not much in the way of hops. My taste buds didn’t get on with this brew at all with it’s almost earthy and iron rich flavour. It wasn’t unpleasant but though I like my beers different, Waen took this one to a level it maybe didn’t need to go.
Rough Rider ended things back on a high. Plenty of energy with all the hops and bitterness you can image. A mixture of biscuity aroma and biscuity flavour take this beer to the next level! Really hits the spot and is pretty damn refreshing.

Now to end the evening with a domino’s pizza and some really unusual cartoon from Cartoon Hangover on Youtube. Mainly Bee and Puppy Cat shorts.
Mixing the total randomness of Adventure time with an anime style twist. So freaking random!
A particular favourite is the cleavage crab who appears in episode 3 – You’ll see!
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