If you have not yet had an opportunity to attend one of the cask releases at Galbraith’s Ale House, you need to add a resolution to your list. These have proven to be “do not miss” events.
Okay, let me back up a bit for those who do not know what I am writing about. About 7 months ago Galbraith’s had the brilliant idea of inviting guest brewers to come in, brew a favorite recipe in the brewery and the beer would be served as a cask conditioned beer on hand pump at the bar. Why is this a big deal? Well, for one thing, this is what they call “Real Ale”. Unfortunately, I am no expert on technique, I just love the beer. Instead, you can follow this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cask_ale. Basically, the lower carbonation means that the flavour and aroma are not lost with the carbonation. It makes for a smooth mouth feel with more pronounced malts or hops.
From the first event with Yeastie Boys through Emersons, Tuatara, Croucher, and now 8-wired, the beers have been amazing.(I am missing one here – Many thanks to Yeastie Boy – it was “Father O’leary’s Red IPA). Even better, the beer release events (on a Monday night) has been amazing fun. Many of the beer geeks and brewers from all around show up for the event. It’s a great opportunity to talk with others who are passionate about beer and learn a few things. Like, tonight I learned that Steve Plowman of Hallertau (he is next on the roster to brew with Ian) has Galbraith’s Bob Hudson as his desert island beer.
To Soren and Ian, I like this version a lot (almost better than in the bottle?). Amazing flavours of malt and the smokiness is not too over the top. I found it very easy to drink. Many thanks to you for such an awesome beer!
Next up is Steve brewing “Beastwars”. Should be very interesting. Watch for the release date in about 6-8 weeks.