Brew of the month – November 2016

Brew of the Month!!!

Starting this month I thought it would be great to give some recognition to the brew which the consensus of the group considered the best beer sampled that session. Of course, me being me, I meant to do this a couple of months ago but instead left it until November, when the standard of beers brought along was phenomenal and the decision for Brew of the Month wasn’t as clear cut as it might have been previously!

Fortunately the split decision between Brew 1 and Brew 2 was made a lot simpler as both beers came from the same brewer, so it is nice and easy to say that the round of applause this month goes to…. Mark!

Mark brought along two Saisons to our November meeting. The first was a Rye Saison which was full of peppery spice and certainly ticked a lot of boxes for some of the group. The second was a Tropical Saison laden with New Zealand hops giving it a massive Citrusy fruity kick! Rye isn’t to everyone’s taste and as that beer split the group a little bit the award this month goes to the Tropical Saison!

Mark’s Tropical Saison


Mark’s recipe for the Tropical Saison is:

  • 4kg Dingemanns pils
  • 0.3kg Dingemanns wheat
  • 0.4kg Weyermann vienna
  • 27g Rakau Hops @ 60 mins
  • 40g Motueka Hops @ 10 mins
  • 20g Rakau Hopsat @ 5 mins
  • 30g Motueka Hops @ flame out.
  • 1packet Mangrove Jacks French Saison M29 yeast
  • 30g Motueka Hops and 30g Rakau Hops @ 8day Dry Hop

Mark brews on a Grainfather and this recipe was scaled for 20l final volume as he was planning for a quick brew day and this would fit nicely in a Corny keg and avoid any bottling! He makes good use of the Grainfathers high efficiency rates. OG was 1.050 and FG 1.003 making the ABV 6.2%

So there we go! The inaugural Brew of the Month award is, uh, awarded! I hope you enjoy brewing this recipe as much as we enjoyed sampling it! Congratulations Mark, we’re looking forward to seeing what you brew next!

November 2016 Meeting

Clearly there is no better way to spend a cold November evening than getting together with a bunch of like-minded people and sink a few good beers! That certainly seemed to be the case this month as we had 10 people down for the November meeting bringing with them an amazing selection of beers.

November’s Beers:

  • Ben (S): Russian Imperial Stout
  • Mark: Rye Saison, Tropical Saison
  • Guy: Toffee Apple Pale Ale
  • Simon: Fig/Date Stout, Belgian Punk
  • Ed: Simcoe & Citra Pale Ale
  • Charlie: Zadar Croatian Honey & Maraschino Imperial Stout, Smoked Raspberry, Quince & Chilli Ale
  • Top Rope Brewing: ‘Born to Lose’- New England Session IPA

Amongst all the beers above, Charlie pushed the boat out again with an amazing Zadar Croatian Honey & Maraschino Imperial Stout – where does he get these ideas from?? I brought along my 2015 Russian Imperial Stout that was now 18 months in the bottle (and significantly better behaved than the gushers we tried to sample last November!) and Mark supplied two Saisons – the first was a Rye Saison full of spicy peppery notes and the latter was a tropical New Zealand Saison crammed with fruity hoppy amazingness! It was a tough call to pick an overall beer of the night, but I think the Tropical Saison just about got the most plaudits in the end!

December’s meeting falls in the week between Christmas and New Year so the exact dates will be confirmed nearer to the time!

October 2016 Meeting

Like all good brewing magpies the lure of the shiny copper brewery we saw last month at Brewhouse & Kitchen meant that instead of holding our own normal evening, we postponed for a week and attended the B&K Homebrewers session instead.

The evening was hosted by Matt, the Head Brewer of the Chester site, who gave us a full run down of the setup there and their plans for the future before joining us for a good ol’ beer tasting session!

October’s Beers:

  • Ben (S): Smoked Chipotle Porter
  • Nick: Hoppy Leffe Accident, Jaipoor
  • Ed: Pale Ale, Blood Orange IPA, Black IPA
  • Charlie: Lime & Lychee Wheat, Hibiscus & Bee Pollen Wheat, Cherry Wheat

Welcome to newcomer Ed who brought along 3 beers which he had brewed for his wedding earlier in the year! All three were excellent beers and the general consensus was that the Blood Orange IPA was the beer of the night.

Back to normal for Novembers meet. Cellar Bar, 24th November, see you there!