This is the second Five Towns collaboration for the 2016 Independent Salford Beer Festival, the first one (The Secret Life Of Arabica) can be found here
I was supposed to help with that one, having suffered through being clean sober and getting to bed early on Friday 19th February I was woken, not by my alarm, set for 4am, but by a phone-call from Jim at 5am wondering where I was. Having enjoyed my time at Five Towns for Art Decade – the 1st collaboration for the 2015 festival it pained me to miss out but the time had passed and it just wasn’t meant to be. I drowned my sorrows on the Saturday night having cursed my alarm clock the whole day, then I went to bed.
My alarm clock went off at 4am Sunday morning.
Said alarm clock now makes up land-fill somewhere.
Luckily a second collaboration was planned and I wasn’t going to miss it this time. Memories of Leigh (Centurions, rugby league) losing to Bradford as we drove home after the Art Decade brew day were minimised by it being such a great day. 2016, with Leigh already promoted to Super League a couple of week prior meant that this brew day saw September out in style.
Standard brewery hose porn.
Not porridge, you don’t eat porridge on brew days in Wakefield you eat:
Bacon, sausage and egg barms from across the road, followed by a chippy dinner from next door.
The bittering hops were Centennial, the aroma from further hop addition of Centennial and Kazbek (Mohawk style).
Given that this man spent a good 5 minutes inhaling ever hop addition with a satisfied glaze over his eyes…which was not due to the early start, long day (and night in his case) and 12 cups of coffee…it is amazing any timings were kept, like Gollum and the ring.
Adjuncts to this beer in the boil were Kaffir Lime Leaves, dried orange peel and soured orange peel. An addition of dried lemon peel will be added at the fermenting stage, along with copious amounts of fresh oranges, lemons and limes.
From porridge to curry.
Yeast is US05 if you are interested and after all that it should give us an IPA of about 8.5-9%
2016 is the year of many deaths of popular musicians, namely David Bowie and the name of the beer “Beauty & the Beast,” is the title of the opening track off his 1977 album “Heroes.”
There is some suggestion that this could be black & tanned with the aforementioned Secret Life…and given that that beer is named after the closing song on the same album it would be a fitting tribute and also to the final Independent Salford Beer Festival.