Jan 222019

It’s been a while since I posted, but that does not mean I’ve not been brewing! In the last year I’ve made a few batches of PunkyMonkey American IPA, a Mild, a new batch of Rhubery Saison, a new even hoppier American IPA (Pegasus); a Saison (Raven); a Foreign Extra Stout, and most recently an Ordinary Bitter.

I was delighted that my Ordinary Bitter won first place in its category in the Jan 2019 Scottish Craft Brewers annual competition. It’s quite a hard one to make well, so I was particularly pleased. I have half in bottles and half in keg, and is just under 4%.

 Posted by at 8:37 pm
Oct 142016

Last night I took a 750ml bottle of my Rasputin Raspberry Imperial Brown Ale, that I made on 2/8/15, along to the monthly Brewstore brew club meeting. The theme of the evening was ‘High ABV beers’- not a good portent for a productive Friday next day!

This is a rich, chocolately 7.5% brown ale that had 2Kg of garden raspberries added for a couple of weeks after primary fermentation. At 14 months of maturation it has mellowed really nicely and I love it.

Highly carbonated, but little foam to gush, and head disappeared almost immediately. Nose of raspberries, some roastiness, some marmite. Taste, similar but also chocolate, really nice! Looks completely flat, but actually explodes in the mouth – lovely mouthfeel. Amazing how well the fruit is lasting. Long finish of fruit, roasted malts, and a slight tartness. All really nicely integrated.

It went down really well, and it won the popular vote for the best high ABV beer of the night. 🙂

Imperial Raspberry Brown Ale

                 Imperial Raspberry Brown Ale


 Posted by at 6:50 pm
Sep 252016

Today was the Scottish Craft Brewers September meet at Elgin House on Easter Road. It was a great day, with a really good turnout, lots of great beers, and Davy’s great curries as usual. We had a really interesting talk from Gordon telling us about his trip to Germany as part of an Erasmus partnership between SCB and Karlstadt. In the afternoon we split up the beers people had brought for informal member judging and given how many good beers there were, I was surprised and happy to get first place for Hoppity Hip and second for my Belgian Tripel that I made back in January.

 Posted by at 6:07 pm