Archive for November, 2013

November 15, 2013

What Otherton did next…

I didn’t really put much thought into what would come next. But having made a beer commercially and seen it on the bar, watched people enjoying it, what then? I can’t just head back to the brewery to make (and sell) more, however much that’s what I’d like to do. If brewing is your living then that’s exactly what needs to be done, of course, but for me the day job is still there, needing to be done so the bills can be paid.

While sampling Phoneticus in Birmingham’s Craven Arms the thoughts were that maybe managing to produce a second beer in a few months’ time at best. It seemed reasonable, and pragmatic, and allowed time to test something out on a small scale before risking a larger version.

In the meantime there’s lots of experimental brewing to do at home. Starting with a focus on the “mental” part, rather than the “experi”, and an ambitiously mighty imperial stout, brewed with saison yeast, and due to be barrel aged for 12 months. Then some playing around with English hops on top of the Phoneticus grain bill . Then… Then…

Oh wait. Opportunity knocks, and suddenly there’s a new chance. A new chance that needs a new recipe. No time to brew a small batch and get a feel for it, this time it needs to be the real deal without a practice run. A quick discussion sets out the basic aim, and after a few hours sleep a bit more of a plan is formed. It’s a bit different, but that is all part of the plan. There’ll be tweaks and adaptations, certainly, but it is a goer. Brew 2 is coming. Due out in January*. Watch out for it. More details soon.

* and in breaking news, it’s already pre-selling, for a fairly high profile appearance. No pressure then…

November 7, 2013

Counting down the hours

It’s really quite nerve-wracking. There’s less than 100 hours to go before people can pay good hard-earned cash (I am assuming it is hard earned, anyway!) for a beer of my making. There is nothing I can do to influence the end product. Short of delivering it (tomorrow I believe, if not already) there’s nothing much the guys at Blackjack can do either. And then it is in the safe hands of Chris at the Craven Arms in Birmingham until the big day on Monday.

So, for those of you don’t already know, clear your diary for Monday evening at 7pm. You’ll need to get yourself into Birmingham but fingers crossed the results will be worth it. At the very least there’ll be a host of other great Blackjack beers to enjoy and you’ll get to meet the guys too. Plus me. Still, you can’t have it all…

And if you can’t make it into Birmingham on Monday then there will be a few other opportunities to try Phoneticus. It’s coming home to Penkridge, and it will be making its way to a few as yet unspecified venues. Let me know where you see it, and what you think if you do get to try it.