Brewing, Building, Bitters and Brooklyn.

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Testing brewing on the Hafod big kit commenced in April. Head Brewer Phill has been twisting the taps on the new brewkit, putting it through its paces with a brand new recipe. The results are sitting in our conditioning tanks, well, conditioning! A probable early appearance for the beer could well be Wrexham Food & Drink Festival 16th & 17th May in the beer tent. As for the name and style…you’ll have to wait and see just a little longer 😉

Further work has continued on the rest of the conditioning tanks and their cooling systems in addition to keeping the little brewhouse running at full capacity.

Over the Easter period two of the team (myself & Suzanne) visited New York and paid a visit to the famous Brooklyn Brewery tasting rooms over in Williamsburg.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

During the visit we sampled many local beers including several Captain Lawrence Brewing Co beers, an excellent schwartzbier from Catskill Brewery, Blue Point Breweries Mosaic IPA and even some hand pull beer from Smuttynose Brewery at the tremendous Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn http://www.mugsalehouse.com/

I had some concerns prior to visiting Brooklyn Brewery that it might disappoint due to their commercial success (that hipster problem!). Delighted to say I was very wrong. Although it took a rather long wait to get into the tasting rooms, the beers on offer inside more than made up for it.

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All of the beers we tried were in excellent condition. Two absolute stand out beers were the Sorachi Ace pale ale (so good I tried it twice) and Wild Horse Porter (fermented with wild yeast). We have a stock of Sorachi Ace at the brewery, which I now have even greater plans for!

Another feature we loved about the tasting rooms was the mix of people spending their Saturday afternoon in there. Brooklyn’s tasting rooms were a bouncing mix of everyone including, we reckoned, more than 50% women.

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So unsurprisingly craft beer is alive and well in NYC. Brooklyn Brewery is flying the flag with style and there are a tremendous number of interesting beers and breweries over the pond. Now Phill, about that Sorachi Ace you’ve been saving…