The meet the brewers events at Port Street Beer House have been coming thick and fast lately. Most recent was the visit of super-scooper royalty Gazza Prescott from experimental brewery Hopcraft. GP has been a well-known face on the beer scene for some time now and, shall we say, holds some rather robust views that he is happy to share. Just don’t mention CAMRA or twig beer (think Shepherd Neame) though and you should be alright. It’s not unnatural for lovers of the hop to want to progress to using it themselves and Gazza managed that ambition when, along with Dave (unpronounceable) Szwejkowski, he formed Steel City Brewing.
However his partnership at Hopcraft with Tom Barlow, from Pixie Spring Brewery, is a totally different kettle of hops. Unlike other breweries, Hopcraft don’t believe in having a core range of beers and only have one regular-Tidy Bitter. This leaves them free to experiment and indulge their whims. Makes you realise you’re in the wrong job, doesn’t it? An enjoyable evening: the highlights being Simcoe+ and Sturgeon General that blended Simcoe seamlessly with Galaxy. Definitely not twig beer!