Friday, 2 July 2010

Spoons Festival Ale, designing an IPA

Summit hops

Yes that's right, I'm designing another beer for work.  A single batch of only 10 barrels of US style IPA will be brewed at Daleside brewery this month for the sole purpose of being served at the Wetherspoons beer festival in Leeds (named the Spoons beer festival) which takes place during the last full week of august. Apparently some Weatherspoons officials are coming in to get photos taken of them pitching yeast, throwing hops in the copper and so forth. I myself am hoping to get them scooping out the brutal quantities of spent hops left in the copper.

  The thing that excites me about this project is that firstly this is my second ever commercial brew on the Daleside kit. Brewing your own on a full scale 20 barrel brew kit is always exciting, lots of the effort of homebrewing is taken out and more people get to try your product. The 5.8% IPA will be Daleside brewery's first American style IPA combining 5 different hop varieties giving a higher EBU (European bitterness units) than any other Daleside beer ever produced (hardcore). Alright maybe not hardcore, lovers of extreme hop bombs would probably call it softcore. Should be interesting none the less.    



5 comments:

Ed said...

Sounds good Rob. Get 'em to send a firkin down to the Woking 'Spoons.

Mark said...

Sounds great - nice one!!

Rob said...

Will ask about that Ed but question is who would take it?

Ed said...

The Woking 'Spoons is a good one for beer, even if it is the usual characterless drinking barn.

Leigh said...

Now that sounds good.Let us know when It's ready and i'll see if Leed's spoons get it in.