So, we left off with the tasting notes on the beer. You may have noticed that the comments section of the tasting notes is mainly related to feedback to the brewer, and what they may change to fix any flaws detected etc. In our case, it was what we would change to enhance the beer. In summary, Hennie (Two Okes Brewery) and I were happy with the beer, we only wanted a bit more hop aroma.
The Germans had convinced us to leave well alone and not make any changes to the recipe. Read more
Hey there all you great and wonderful beer-people, this is the story behind the FoulkesOkes Collaboration Beer.
As some of you are aware, we are busy with the final stages of our business plan. Most of the research has been done. Beer festivals visited; copious amounts of beer sampled and a few festivals along the way graced with the presence of our beer. This has allowed us to collate data as to whether our dream of starting this brew pub is just a dream or whether it is actually feasible. We have acquired a chef along the way and are now four members strong. I have embarked on a twitter campaign while our Yeastie has done her thing on Facebook (she is better with words, I am better at short and sharp). All in all, the hype seems to be working. There is one thing however, that has been bothering me. The Americans say: “Build it and they will come.” While this boisterous American attitude seems sufficient to continue – it is not enough for my naturally cautious nature, and definitely not enough to raise the funds needed with a venture of this size. Not to even mention the misgivings of my hesitant accomplice! Read more
As you know, the 2015 National homebrew champs are around the corner. If you have not been brewing this weekend, then you may well be cutting the deadline very short indeed. Please check in regularly on the link above as Lucy (aka The Brewmistress) keeps updating the details as she receives them.
This year, all entries will be judged according to the 2015 BJCP Guidelines. This is important to keep in mind as the changes from the 2008 guide are quite radical. Our entry is brewed on the same scale as that of the average homebrewer and will be entered under the Style 13 – Brown British beer and sub-style 13A – Dark mild. Read more