Wednesday, 28 July 2010

If I 'owned' work...

This is kind of an off the wall fantasy post based on what I was thinking about the other day, which was 'what would I do if I owned Daleside brewery?'. I'm sure every beer geek fantasises about the romantic side of owning a brewery and brewing their own beer. OK I will probably never own Daleside, and am not sure if I would ever want to, but if I did the following ideas would be carried out.

Morocco Ale:

This most recognised speciality beer will be permanently intensified from its standing 5.5% to 7% abv. Special 'single batch reserve' batches will be aged in port, bourbon and Madeira oak casks for bottling. Announcement dates would be made for releases.    

Monkey Wrench:

Our much loved dark strong ale won't be changed, but a spin off version, even stronger, more brutal than the original (at about 8%) would be brewed called 'Double Monkey Wrench Imperial Brown Ale' would be brewed. Same formulation but intensified.

Other beers: 

An Imperial Stout, a Saison for summer and an annual Daleside Vintage reserve ale (at about 9% brewed to a slightly different recipe each year) would also be brewed. An Imperial Pilsner and Dunkel Weazen Bock would be added to the bottled beer portfolio. 

Other Stuff:

All bottled beers about 5% abv would be bottled in 330ml bottles (not 500ml) and our dark brown bitter 'Old Leg Over' would be re-named 'Arrogant Dalesman Ale', Old Lubrication would be changed for a 7.4% Chinook, Simco and Centennial hopped to 75IBU India Pale ale called 'Hop Monster 5000' (with a follow on one off  'Hop Monster 10000' being a 9.3% 120IBU double IPA. I would still brew once or twice a week and when I did I would brew to some brutal music like Black Dahlia Murder or classic Slayer. However, much of my time would have to be spent in a leather coated swivel chair in the office wearing shades and a green and crimson red suit (possibly smoking cigars). This I would wear to some of the companies new prestigious events that I would organise. A beer and cheese evening, beer and chocolate night and a huge beer dinner where I would invite the likes of Garrett Oliver, Randy Mosher, Melissa Cole, The Beer Wench, Mark Dredge, Woolpacker Dave, Adrian Tierney-Jones, Brew Dogs Martin & James, Zak Avery and my mate Ed to the event celebrating our 25th year anniversary (or something like that) with the Daleside crew.

Other than that, wouldn't change a thing...


BeerReviewsAndy said...

great post!!! love the idea of ramping Morocco ale up as a big fan of that!!!

do you still do green grass ale as the future father in law was a big fan of that

oh yeah and if you ever do that dinner pretty please can i come?? it sounds awesome

Mark said...

Haha! You might be better off just starting from scratch with your own brewery...!! Those beers sound good, what about a nice pale and hoppy 3.8% session beer?

Ed said...

A 3.8% mild would be more Rob's style. Though it would be brutal.

I'm surprised about the 330ml bottle idea - are you slowing down Rob? I'd have thought you'd bump them up to 750!

Baron Orm said...

Some great ideas there Rob, although I'd only use the 330ml bottles for the 7% & over ales, got to be able to get a good buzz from one bottle? ;)

As always if you want any of your current line-up 'baron rating' then please get in touch!

Anonymous said...

begging for free beer

Leigh said...

where's my invite!?!?!

Rob said...

Well Andy, we still do Green Grass but not that often. And sure you can go to the beer dinner, it would Rock!

Mark we already have Daleside Blonde at 3.9% so I would stick with that. I would bring back our Mild ale and modify it if I felt the need.

Ed 330ml bottles look better and suit the higer abv beers. But 750ml sounds like a canny good idea for some beers maybe.

Baron, will definatly consider sending you some beer.

Rob said...

An yeah Leigh you can go too. Just remember when we serve Rochefort 10 with dessert what beer style it is :-), mr Belgian Quad none believer.

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