We’re really psyched that Jeppe – from Evil Twin came to Buxton just ahead of the brutally fantastic IndyManBeerCon this year to make some beer with us.
We made an all-English Barley Wine ‘Anglomania’ which is tasting like all kinds of delicious and weighs in around 11% alc/vol. Then we set-to and made a fruity Sour Pale Ale ‘What Goes Around Comes Around’ at around 4.5% alc/vol.
Keep an eye open for when these become available – they’re pretty special.
We were also really happy to find out that ‘Luksus at Tørst’ – the ultra-cool bar restaurant in Brooklyn, NY that Jeppe part-owns recently gained its first Michelin Star – the only restaurant in the world with a Michelin star that doesn’t serve wine. We think that’s pretty darn impressive. #Beer
This coming weekend sees the return of the amazing US based, Shelton Brothers’ “The Festival”. This year it’s in Los Angeles, California.
The list of attending breweries is pretty mind-blowing and can be found here along with other information.
Colin & Geoff from Buxton will be there to pour beer along with Nick Wagner – Buxton’s graphic designer based in Portland, Oregon, who has done so much great work for the brewery over the last year. No one from the brewery has ever actually met Nick – so we’re really excited that he’s coming too. (All of our design work, discussions, drafts, re-works, edits etc have been done over e-mail/skype/phone – such is the power of modern international collaborative working).
The Rainbow challenge brings together 14 breweries to make 7 collaborative beers themed on the colours of the rainbow. This year, we drew ‘Yellow’ out of the hat and were teamed up with Stockholm based Omnipollo.
We all sat down and discussed what we could brew based on the idea of ‘Yellow’. After some time, we arrived at the consensus that the prime meaning or idea expressed by the colour yellow is cowardice. Our next challenge was to transpose this idea, and our sentiments around it, into a beer.
The political situation throughout Europe is in turmoil right now, National Front, Sverigedemokraterna, British National Party, EDL, Dansk Folkeparti, Vlaams Belang, Lega Nord, Fremsrittspartiet, Sannfinländarna, Golden Dawn….the list goes on and on. From Omnipollo’s Henok Fentie; “One thing that struck us while the preliminary political polls where being presented during election night was that the actual support for the Swedish fascist party was in reality 40% higher than what people had disclosed when asked (face to face) what they voted for just after casting their ballot. At the same time the polls were more or less accurate when it came to other parties on the political scale.” What does this mean? One thing that it could mean is that although people vote extreme right they are on average not as prone to admitting to it as people voting for other parties are. Being a coward can mean many different things, but protesting anonymously at the expense of people’s freedom and right to co-exist without showing your face is one meaning that is particularly relevant at this moment in time.
So, with all this in mind, for our ‘Yellow’ beer, we made an 11% Peanut Butter and Biscuit Imperial Stout. Except there are no peanuts or biscuits in it. And then we dressed it in the most hateful, cowardly-anonymous costume we know of.
This beer, whilst attempting to make a commentary on the current political winds blowing through Europe, is above all, meant to be enjoyed as a celebration of all things new, open minded and progressive. Taste, enjoy and don’t be prejudiced.