November 7, 2013 by 250 Beers
Well, the cat has well and truly been let out of the bag. Meow.
I’d hinted towards something being afoot back in September when a number of Brisbane-based bloggers gathered at Tippler’s Tap for a secret meeting. One other notable attendee was Ross Kenrick (and Josh Kenrick too come to think of it) from Bacchus Brewing Co.
The meeting was no accident. We were scripting ideas for a collaborative series of beers involving us and, of course, Bacchus. During the time between that milestone meeting and the brew day we’d all submitted our ideas to Ross for him to work on the recipes. My concept involved a big IPA with theoretical IBUs of 250 (of course!).
The set of six beers would ultimately become the Bacchus Beer Bloggers Series.
Brew day was Tuesday 5th November when we all converged at the Capalaba brewery for a 9am
start mash-in. I’d left home at 6.15am but got seriously shafted by another woeful display by Translink and Queensland Rail. To cut a long story short I just made it in time and it was literally by the skin of my teeth.
I barely had time to put my bag down before Bill, brewer extraordinaire, told me that I was up first to pour the measured grain into my allotted mash tun (the largest of the six available). Up I stepped making the moves of a total novice brewer about to brew his first ever beer…and so began an amazing day.
The Bacchus brewery has a fantastic set-up which is capable of brewing six different beers simultaneously. This quirk is brilliant but, on days like our brew day, must be quite a test for the brewers. I’m sure that during the days where all six kettles are boiling the same recipe the guys can relax a little more compared to when six completely different beers with completely different recipes using completely different ingredients are being created.
While our individual mashes were doing their thing Bill gave us a guided tour of the brewery which included a glimpse of the cold room which housed a large quantity of fermenting beer. Hmmm, beer.
We also saw Bacchus’ mighty grain store which, according to Bill, would rival any brewery in the world in terms of varieties available. It was quite impressive to say the least.
Shortly after the tour it was announced that the coffee man had arrived. As with most small industrial areas, the local estate is serviced by a chap selling fresh coffee. As I hadn’t consumed a thing since waking at 5am that morning I nearly bit the bloke’s arm off when asked if I wanted one!
I sat and sipped that coffee in disbelief that (a) I’d already been blessed with naming a commercial beer this year and (b) not only would I be naming another one but I was actually in the midst of brewing it!
The brew day was very hands-on and we were all encouraged to get involved where possible. Cleaning out our mash tuns was compulsory so I am extremely thankful that I hadn’t donned similar heels to that which Cassie from whatbeertodrink.com was sporting. Not because they wouldn’t have suited me of course, but more that it would have hindered my cleaning attempt as my efforts required the whole of my upper body to be inside the tun. I would have lost my balance for sure.
I won’t blurt out any more details for the time being as there’ll be a media release soon which will include the finer details such as exactly what types of beer were brewed, date and location of a tap take-over etc. I’m sure all bloggers involved will publish it when its available. Suffice to say that the event will be one not to be missed.
What I can reveal is the name of my IPA; it’s going to be called Hair Of The Blog and should come in around the 9.0% mark.
The day was fantastic and I want to say a huge thank you to Ross, Bill, Kerry and the rest of the team at Bacchus for everything that they’ve done for us so far. Cheers guys!
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Second Joker of NOvemBEER played…
It was only day five of NOvemBEER and I played my second of five permitted jokers for the month.
Let’s face it, I had to and I knew it in advance. A planned visit to a brewery for a day and then celebratory beers at Archive afterwards meant that playing a joker was the right thing to do.
It’s going to be a looong month.