Last week saw us spend a great few days with Tobias from the Danish gypsy brewers T0 Øl from Copenhagen. The trip started with a beery night out in Manchester following Tobias’ day brewing at Magic Rock in Huddersfield. We enjoyed delicious beers and food at the brilliant Marble Arch and then spent a few hours sipping world class beers with the Magic Rock and Marble crews, and a whole bunch of beer luminaries including John Clarke and Rob Derbyshire at the Port Street Beer House, before crawling into a cab back to Buxton.
The following day, and hung-over like dogs, Colin, Jake, Tobias and Denis worked hard to make the 1st of our collab brews – a 7.0ish % ABV India Pale Ale. It’s got a few special Danish ingredients in and a whole load of very juicy and aromatic US hops. It’s now in FV waiting for its first dose of dry-hops. Its going to be kegged and bottled and should be ready in about 2-3 weeks in keg, there’s a bit longer to wait for the bottles. So get ready to look out for Samarbejds Ødelæggelse IPA. The name is roughly translated as Collaboration Carnage, and is a fitting description.
The following day we mashed in a ~4.9% sour, based on the same malts and with the same hopping as the IPA, it’s going to be an interesting experiment in how the same(ish) base beer can turn out very differently. Himmelbjerget Sour will also be kegged and bottled and available around the same time. This time, the beer is named after one of the highest points in Denmark – the Sky Mountain, which stands at a lofty 482 ft and has plonked on top of it a small tower quite resembling our very own Solomon’s Temple, featured in our logo, standing at 1,440 ft.
We’d like to say a big “thanks” to Tobias for coming to Buxton and having a lot of fun with us over a few days, and we’re really looking forward to tasting these new beers!
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We think this is the most democratic, open and transparent, not to mention largest and most inclusive beer competition in the World.
We are massively excited and very proud to have been ranked 52 in the World on the Ratebeer.com 2013 list.
The total number of brewers in the contest is 13,000. The top 100 in the list (click here to see) represents less than the top 1% of all brewers – the creme de la creme of world brewing.
Another piece of very-nice-to-hear news; Wild Boar, our heavily NZ influenced IPA was awarded a Silver Medal at the recent judgings at the International Beer Challenge.
For 16 years the International Beer Challenge has rewarded and promoted excellent beers.
The whole rainbow of beer complexity entered the IBC this year, with entries received from no fewer than 26 countries, including acknowledged brewing heartlands and representations from advancing beer countries.
Judges include some of the shrewdest beer judges in the land – retailers, importers, publicans, brewers, writers and flavour analysts. Add in some highly experienced judges from continental Europe to make sure we have an even better spread of tasting experience.
Judges study each beer in turn, considering the appearance, the aroma, the taste and the finish, before discussing their findings with other table members and reaching a consensus on which medal to award. The level of knowledge and experience of the judges is striking and, for a beer to achieve any kind of medal from such exacting critics is a real achievement.
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