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.
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.
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.
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.
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.