The evening started with the origins of the brewery and then, via a few anecdotes, proceeded to highlight several of their beers. They are unashamed hop devotees and that certainly came through in the beers. You can check out some photos from the event here.
Citra: This is a very interesting 3.1% hop-bomb. Packing 6kg of Citra into such a low vol beer proved too much for some, but I lapped it up. Will I be proved wrong and forced to eat Eddie’s, the eager legal beagle, tartan long johns when a 2.8% version of this appears?
Hoxton: Excellent amber ale that was quite “meaty” and full of Citra and Galaxy hops.
Dalston Black IPA: A tasty variation on Hoxton that highlights the Galaxy hop.
Romanoff: A 13% barley wine that demanded respect.
There was also an IPA made with rye and Citra. This was the only one that didn’t really work for me. The rye did add some dryness and it was interesting to hear why Citra was chosen, but perhaps Simcoe or even Nelson Sauvin might work better?Oh and a big shout out must go to the Crusty Cob whose pies were excellent