The champion beer of Britain, Harvest Pale (3.8%) from Castle Rock brewery in Nottingham was announced at the CAMRA GBBF on Aug 3rd, so this is not exactly hot off the press. Timothy Taylor’s Landlord Bitter (4.3%) was the runner up, with Hammer Mild (3.8%) from Surrey Hills in third place.What I find of interest is that the Champion beer is described as: ‘blonde and refreshing with distinctive citrus hop.’ , and it has an ABV of 3.8%. So who’s going to brew a blonde session beer with Cascade hops?Of the 25 beers in the winners list only 5 had an ABV of 5% or higher, the highest being an 1872 Porter and a Welsh beer(?) Ysbrid y Ddraig (Ramblers Ruin) both at 6.5%. I wonder when, or if, any US brewers will follow suit and brew beers that we can have more than one of and still walk?
For those who were not able to be at the NHC here is a link to most of the speaker presentations posted on the AHA website.Check out the latest dashboard!
The next club meeting will be at 7:00pm at the Happy Gnome on August 3rd.
Nic Henke and other SPHBC members were interviewed for an article in Saturday June 19th edition of the Pioneer Press.
The June meeting will be at the National Homebrewers Convention.There will not be a meeting at the Happy Gnome on Tuesday June 1st.Normal service will be resumed in July.
Check out our own Curt Stock as he is featured, dare I say starring in this feature from KPHO, Arizona? This is a red letter day for SPHBC; Curt stars on TV and Kristen and Ron Pattinson have their book 1909! Beer style guide published.
There won’t be a February meeting at the Happy Gnome. Come an help at Mash Out the weekend before!The March and April meetings are OK. There won’t be a May meeting at the Happy Gnome but we may have a big brew instead so watch here for details….
Entries are now being accepted for the 2010 Mash Out
There were lots of new faces at tonight’s meeting. Thanks
to Todd the plumber for the information about ventilating a basement area for brewing indoors. Check the link under resources at left.
Kristen showed us the difference between a kegged and bottle conditioned Belgium style beer. If you are bottle conditioning use Danstar Nottingham yeast, “it drops like a rock” (quote from Eric). So now we know that heather in a beer does not make it a Scottish ale!
There was no heather in Kris’s Scottish beers; it was an example of a
making three beers from one mash, a method called gyling or
parti-gyling. 60/-, 70/-, 80/- or 90/- are not styles of beer, the shilling ” /-” value was a reference to the wholesale price of a 54 gallon hogshead of beer. There more information about Shilling beers and recipes from Kristen at Ron Pattinson’s blog.
Get to work on an English brown ale (mild, northern English, or Southern English) for January/February. Due date is 2/10.The CoC schedule is here:http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/competitions/club-only-competitions/schedule/2009-2010-competition-year