After pouring everyone elses' excellent beers over the last eleven years, we figured it was time to start brewing our own - time to install our own stainless and start walking the walk. So in early 2014 that's what we did; in the form of a Premier Stainless 600L Brewhouse with three single batch fermentors. Just the right size to play; enabling us to brew whatever, however and whenever we want. Light-footed, nimble brewing with the freedom of Contract and the stability of Stainless. From time to time we might even be lucky enough to collaborate with some of those excellent Brewers whose beers we've poured, and will continue to pour, over the years...
Style London Porter
In a nutshell Chocolatey, biscuity, friendly and full. Cor!
EXCITED would be the only way to describe Graham ‘palate weight’ Wright and Dr Paul ‘that depends’ Gooding once we’d locked in a date for our collaborative brew. Would the Godfathers of Wheaty Whisk(e)y be hell bent on brewing the beer equivalent of a 3 Year Old Cask Strength 300ppm Phenolic Peat Monster?
Not at all, as it turns out...
Style Raspberry Berliner Weisse
In a Nutshell Tangy, tart and revvin'. The need for speed.
As brewers, we like to push the envelope and sometimes our egos write cheques our yeast can't cash. This beer spent a weekend souring in kettle and got treacherously close to the pH danger zone. Fortunately our yeast pushed through - in overdrive...
Style Salty Plum Saison
In a Nutshell Salty, spicy, plummy and tart. Blood plum.
To say that the idea for this beer evolved over time is an understatement.
From Table Beer to Session Gose, Imperial Belgian Table Gose to Salty Plum Saison, Saladitos kept us on our toes from the start - perfectly fitting for our third annual Good Beer Wheaty collaboration with Darren ‘Doc’ Robinson and first ever brew with Liberty Joe...
Style Mini Vienna Pils
In a Nutshell Little, long and lean. Bready, herbal, clean...Dogged little Pils.
A beer named after a (sausage) dog named after a sausage - inspired by the use of Vienna (Weyermann Wiener) as a base Malt and our decision to breed this Pils long, lean and low.
Lots of character in a small frame was the idea...
Style: English Pale Ale
In a nutshell: Fresh, biscuity and snappy. Marmalade.
Hot on the heels of his legendary ‘Auld Bulgin’ Boysterous Bicep’ brew with Murray’s, what wacked-out style-bending logistical nightmare of a beer would James ‘Crafty Pint’ Smith challenge us to brew with him for the first official Cabale Collaboration?
IN A NUTSHELL Big, spicy, tropical and bitter. Broken.
For the last year we’ve been telling you that Corps Promise was ‘the one beer we will never alter. The one recipe we will never tweak.’ We have decided, retrospectively, that our committment to ‘never alter’ Corps Promise was itself a non-core promise and so doesn’t count - especially under extenuating circumstances...
Style Russian Imperial Stout with Tea
In a nutshell Roasty, smoky, tobacco & rum. Deep tea.
It was always going to be fun nutting out a collaboration with Cavalier ‘we’re open to literally anything’ Brewing. Unsurprisingly, Cavalier needed little arm twisting to tackle a beer idea we'd had steeping for some time; a Russian Imperial Stout infused with Lapsang Souchong tea leaves - rich, savoury and smoky...
STYLE German(ish) Pils
IN A NUTSHELL Strawlike, herbal and dry. Tell me why.
Once we established that the beer we’d be brewing with good friend and long term ally Dave Bonighton was a golden, hoppy German Pils; Sir Bob ‘Gelbhopf’ - ‘Gold Hop’ auf Deutsch - pretty much named himself...
Style Rosewater & Chamomile Tripel
In a Nutshell Spicy, aromatic, herbal and dry. Original Capital.
Hawker's Maz: Let's brew a Rosewater Tripel
Hawker's John: With chamomile.
Balance was the key here. We were gunning for a complex yet delicate Tripel; one that would bely its strength and avoid becoming a cloying, perfumy mess...
Style East Coast IPA
In a nutshell Juicy, fruity and smooth. Hops Oats Yeast.
Legendary Yeastman Chris White (White Labs) brought proper yeast expertise to the collaboration table for the second rendition of our Modus Operandi/Fixation Brewing East Coast IPA...