May saw us cancel our normal Thursday evening session and embark on a road trip to Brewdog Liverpool to enter their homebrew competition. Three
hardened drinkers selfless volunteers (Chris, Guy and myself) made the trip and transported a total of five Cheshire Brew Crew beers to be entered!
Ben S: Black Jai-P-A and Orange & Amarillo Saison
Charlie: Barrel-aged Smoked Cherry Imperial Stout
Guy: Russian Imperial Stout and Pale Ale
The lone (due to the other judge not turning up!!) judge Terry (of Liverpool Craft Brewery) took on the daunting task of sampling all 49 entries singlehandedly! It would have been amazing to have been able to get score sheets and detailed tasting notes for our entries, but under the circumstances just tasting all the beers was going to be a mammoth task for one judge! Good effort sir!
The winners of the categories are as follows:
SESSION Cascova Mild, Ben Jackson
WHEAT Honey & Chamomile Wit, Alex Monks
IPA Mild Rat Brown IPA, Andrew Jardine
PORTER/STOUT Barrel-aged Smoked Cherry Imperial Stout, Charlie Houlbrook
STRONG English Barley Wine, Ben Jackson
OPEN Brown Ale, Neil Rothwell
And the overall Champion Beer was….
Barrel-aged Smoked Cherry Imperial Stout, Charlie Houlbrook
Boom! Congratulations Charlie!
We tasted this beer for the first time back in the January Meeting when it was by far the best beer of the night. It was amazing back then and now four months on it deservedly gets some ‘official’ recognition! We told you it was good Charlie!
Overall it was a fantastic day out. Thanks needs to go to Brewdog for organising and hosting the event and also to Ben (and family), Neil and the other Liverpool homebrewers for making us feel so welcome! Cheers!
And for now, we’re back to normal for June’s meeting on the 30th. (Probably)