Friday, April 04, 2008

Pretty Pictures

10 minutes yesterday knocking up a super-quick label for the bottles of Landlady produced this. If you've seen the hilarious 'Kung Fu Hustle' you'll recognise the lovely lady in question, though thankfully the beer is a little better-mannered.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Getting a taste of the Landlady

In order to bottle and keg the '1880 n' All That' I made a week ago I needed an extra bottle, or at least that's what I told myself. To free one up I had a taste of Landlady golden ale at just shy of 3 weeks in the bottle.

Thoughts overall: too early. It poured crystal clear, with a tight fizzing head which then dissipated fairly quickly. The overall aroma was fresh and yeasty, an indication of it being too young to drink. There was good mouthfeel but it felt definitely over-carbonated. There was a light maltiness and good strong bitterness in the mouth but little in terms of hop flavour, save a mellow spicyness, probaby from the challenger hops. I shook some of the carbonation out and it began to drink better with a slightly more pronounced hop flavour leading to a good bitter finish.

I reckon I'll give it another couple of weeks, plus there's always the option of dry-hopping in the keg to boost the aroma. Maybe something citrussy to fill in the lacking high-notes.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Time to big up some o' the Bro's...

Here's a little round-up of some of my favourite beer and brewing blogs from around the UK.

My first port of call when I've a spare moment is Stonch's Beer Blog. He writes well (I could do with some lessons) and has a good international focus on beer and beer travel along with news and comment on UK beer-related issues.

A Girl's Guide to Beer is a refreshingly un-geeky and informative blog from food and drink writer Melissa Cole. With a slant towards the social side of the UK beer scene it is a much needed female perspective in a very male-dominated subject area.

For day-to-day brewing techniques, information and chat, Jim's Beer Kit forum is a lively spot containing a mine of information and some hilarious characters.

Other sites of note are the blogs Wezbrew and John's Random Ramblings, and for a great introduction to how to brew you could do a lot worse than visiting How to homebrew at 18000 feet.

(And on a non-brewing related note, it would be rude to forget family and friends so there's Chris Brown Pianos, top web-designers Thinkology, and fine-artist Jo Brown.)