Our 1st Birthday Bash

We made it. We are almost one. On April 29th, we shall be one. We're going to have a little party to celebrate making it to the heady age, of one. Well, we say 'party', what we mean is we'll make the beery offering a little more exciting than normal and give out some cake.

From midday Saturday April 29th we will be handing out cake as made by Twelve Triangles Bakery and of course there will be the usual delicious food stuff's courtesy of Jones & Son. The draught list is below and as things go off new beers will go on.

*The draught list is subject to change due on the whim's of the people deciding it. 

Thornbridge - Lukas -  Helles Lager
ToØL / Buxton - Long Time No See - Imperial Stout
Beerbliotek - Hey You in the Bushes - Brett IPA
Verdant / Left Handed Giant - Murkel - IP(ilsner)A
Ayinger - Celebrator - Double Bock
Alpha State - Sorachi - DIPA
Alvinne - Omega - Sour Blond Ale
Buxton - Sonrisa - Breakfast Pale Ale
Beavertown / Square Root Soda - Bergamonster - Bergamot Hefe
Magic Rock - Psychokenisis - IPA
The Kernel - Victoria Secret + Mosaic - Pale Ale
Burning Sky - Saison Provision 2016 - Saison
Buxton - Ice Cream Pale - Pale Ale
Beavertown - PyschoTropic - New England Table Beer
The Kernel / Jester King - Barrel Aged Farmhouse Table Beer - Saison

Beavertown Tempus Project - 
Brosé - Rosé hybrid sour ale
BFM - √227 Degustator - Saison w/ cassis
BFM - Degustator (2016) - Barley Wine
BFM - Degustatoro - Saison
Buxton - Imperial Black - Black IPA
Du Brabant - Birthday Cake - Dry Stout
Siren - Acid Jam - BA Sour
Westvleteren - Blond - Belgian Ale
Westvleteren - 8 - Belgian Strong Ale
Westvleteren - 12 - Quadrupel *One per person, bar only (in other words, not in the shop, not for takeaway). 

An Evening with Rocket Brewing Company

Continuing with our 2017 Scandinavian theme (Beerbliotek are from Sweden, Rocket are from Denmark, this almost certainly constitutes a theme) we have Kim, Head Brewer of Rocket Brewing here on May 3rd for a tap takeover and tasting of some of their beer. 

                Click the logo for Rocket's website..

                Click the logo for Rocket's website..

Brewing out of an old slaughterhouse about an hours drive from Copenhagen, Rocket are a hands on brewery, hence their slogan 'Man Made Beers'. The kit is old dairy tanks and ex wine fermenters. It reminded me a little of Tempest's first brewery and brew kit. 
All Rocket beers are made with brett, which means they're all made with a yeast called Brettanomyces, which translated means 'British Mice' (no it doesn't). In the wild 'brett', for short, is a yeast which grows on the skins of fruit and is considered by many brewers to add complexity to a beer (unless it's an unwelcome addition, in which case it's considered a contaminant). As a result, Rocket's portfolio is a little bit different to almost anything we've tried here before. 
Alongside the brett another USP for Rocket is their heavy use of locally foraged ingredients, from the woodlands and hedgerows near the brewery (Haslev is a small town surrounded by countryside). 
Last but not least, their barrel sour program which includes Ruby, a cherry sour made with Danish sour cherries at the same ratio to liquid as Cantillon make Lou Pepe Kriek. 

From 6.30pm on May 3rd, Kim will be here to guide you through their history, their philosophy and their beers. Given the styles and complexity of the beer, and that Kim used to work as a top chef, he's going to pair them to cheeses / snacks as we go along.

Draught beer list -
Sour power - Blended sour ale
Ancient Power - Brown sour ale
Imperial Black power - Black Power sour ale with two times the blackcurrant
Life on Mars - Sour ale w. Bergamot
Prune Balloon - Sour ale w. prune plum and jasmine
Sour farmhouse w. cherry - New, not released yet. 

Tickets are £20 and can be found HERE
Salt Horse Sour Fest - May 25th to June 1st

Salt Horse Sour Fest - May 25th to June 1st

To coincide with the Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival we're holding a Sour Fest from May 25th to June 1st.

As part of this event we'll have Tom, head brewer at the fantastic Suffolk brewery, Little Earth Project, here for a tasting on May 25th, treats from our favourite sourdough bakery 12 Triangles and a plethora of sour beer in keg, bottle and can. There are many many more details to follow... but

This is some of the beer list so far. This is by no means finished.

Little Earth Project - TBC (Most likely a brett saison with Rye & Amarillo)
6DN / Alvinne - Chain Reaction
Chorlton - Lager and Lime
Wild Beer Co - The Blend (Summer) 2015
Wild Beer Co - The Blend (Winter) 2015
To ØL - My Sour Pils
To ØL - Sur Simcoe
Beerbliotek - Don't Touch Me, I'm Eclectic
Rocket Brewing Company - Ruby Cherry Sour (only keg in the UK)
Alvinne - Cuvee Sofie Kweeper (Wine barrel aged, with Quince)
Alvinne / Boundary - Phi^3
Verzet - Kameradski Balsamico
Oud Beersel - Bersalis Sourblend
BFM - Abbaye St Bon Chien
The Kernel - Raspberry Sour
Cloudwater - Seville Orange Sour
6DN - BA Whisky Sour

De Cam - Oude Lambiek
Alvinne - Cuvée d'Erpigny Pedro Ximenez BA
Alvinne - Cuvée Freddy (Oak Aged Dark Sour) 
Alvinne - Cuvée Sofie Cloudberries (collab. Jackdaw)
Oud Beersel - Bzart Lambiek Brut Nature
Oud Beersel - Bzart Kriekenlambiek Brut Nature
3 Fontainen - Intense Red Oude Kriek
Cantillon - Gueuze
BIIR - 4B Oude Gueuze
BIIR - Sweet-Sour / Red Series 2014
OWA Brewery - Yuzu Lambic (Japanese plums)
OWA Brewery - Yuzu Lambic (Japanese lemon)