Good afternoon slakers,
firstly, I recognise that its now Sunday already, but Friday night and Saturday I was tremendously busy being refreshed by liquids so this is my first chance to communicate news and other info.
I am mortified to report that, in fact, contrary to my last post, Thornbridge have not brewed a beer called Horny Goat. Its also not 6.2% either, even though it doesn't exist. Instead, Mountain Goat brewery from Australia have teamed up with Thornbridge to brew a 6.0% Mocha porter called Thorny Goat which was delicious. The only downside is that now everything I wrote so enthusiastically about this collaborating is tinged with an element of regrettable Newsnight style inaccuracy.
In an attempt to remedy this woeful scenario, I will be contacting the respective owners of Thornbridge Brewery and Horny Goat brewery in Milwaukee to arrange a collaborative brew run. Emily from DAda has identified the niche - it will be released on valentines day and will be an oyster stout - and it will be brewed by myself and Tom Ash from the Hallamshire House. And that's a fact. Sort of. Ish....
Onto real news now and I was in DAda enjoying the company of beer promoter Emily and cellar wizard Steph on Friday night. I was lucky enough to get the last pint of Thorny Goat, but alas missed out on the Abbeydale Abbey Ale which had become unwell. I also tried a pint of Brother Rabbit to remind myself why its one of my sigh beers, along with a half of Halcyon, before settling down with a lovely pint of the excellent Dark Star APA.
I also stumbled off to the Rutland Arms, carefully planning to arrive in time to sample the delights of the Rutland kitchen. In order to best showcase the output of the culinary skills available, I ordered a bacon sandwich. It was brilliant, which it always is. I even got to sit down at a real table and everything.
Beers wise I was accompanied by at least one pint of Abbeydale Deception (in protest at having missed the chocolatey Blue Bee beer) and finished, somewhat recklessly, on a pint of the Black Iris Intergalactic IPA. This irresistible interplanetary mash up was prescient, since I ended up feeling rather more tired and mashed up than I perhaps should have been, before I escaped for my final beer in the Sheffield Tap.
Its safe to say that the IPA had used alien technology to rid my memories of beer details by now, but those space sailing, green skinned yolk heads hadn't bargained on the magic of my phone which cunningly took and saved a picture of the beer I had right under their very noses. It was Williams brothers Movember, which was a red wheat beer about which I remember precisely nothing. No doubt it was delicious....
So, that was a great way to end a week of work, and having sown the seeds of a brand new collaborative beer to be released in February 2013 I think I've stolen a yard on other bloggers who may otherwise never have found out about this brew, what with my having made it up.
All suggestions for the beer's name welcome.