Tuesday, November 30, 2010
This country needs more pubs like the Euston Tap.
Hidden away inside an old gatehouse just infront of Euston station the Euston Tap is a beer lovers haven. Whilst appearing small on the outside the tap is a tardis stocked full of fine beers from all over the world.
The back wall is graced with 8 cask ales on gravity pour, 15 draught handles and 4 fridges rammed with the largest selection of bottles I've ever seen in a pub.
On offer on cask was a selection of beers from the UK including Thornbridge and Fyne ale. Draught beers included beers from the US, including Anchor Hummer, Sierra Nevada Torpedo & Bigfoot, as well as beers from the continent including several wheat beers, a selection of different styles of lager and a couple of fruit beers.
The selection of bottles included beers from breweries all around the globe, with a large selection of American craft beers as well as a varied selection from continental Europe.
The bar staff were very knowledgeable giving advice on beers and offering tasters of several of the beers.
The tap is suprisingly spacious considering how small it looks from the outside, a iron spiral staircase leads up to a cosy room with plenty of seating on the second floor.
The Euston Tap is not to be missed by beer lovers, you will not be disappointed!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Well, I'd ended up with loads and loads of grain left over from previous brews which I could've used up on a couple of normal beers, but I decided to use up all in one go and have a go at brewing a massive IPA...
This is mostly inspired by the crazy IPAs which the Americans are producing. I'd had a bottle of Stone Ruination IPA over Christmas and it had blown my face off; in a good way....
So I'd figured that there was no point doing this by halves and therefore there are a lot of hops involved! This cumulated in the a mixture of Goldings, Willamette and Cascade being continually added over the period of the 60minute boil, and a further 75g of Cascade being added to the secondary fermenter. This means that the final product will be over 9% and have about 135 IBUs.....
As well as being a massive beer, this is also the most complicated brew I've ever done. Due to space limitations in the mash tun, and a desire to experiment with something new, I decided to go for a triple decoction mash.