Aha! I am still alive, in case you were wondering :-) My work on the cruise ships has been keeping me super busy, but I am going to endeavour to try to keep this little blog going when I can.
How's about a review of a beer I brewed? Well... I didn't get hands on but I was part of the group of virtual brewers put together by Best Of British Beer to create a virtual brew.
As a group we chose the style of beer, what type of hops would be used, the strength of the brew and the name.
The result was VIPA, a collaboration brew between BOB's virtual brewers and Lymestone Brewery. This is the description on the website:
VIPA- Virtual India Pale Ale is a collaboration between Lymestone Brewery and Bob's Virtual Brewers.
The first crowd sourced beer proves that brewing by committee really does work.
It is a 5% IPA,brewed with a pale malt to give a pale golden colour and a delicious combination of Cascade, Summit and Columbis hops give a sharp but juicy grapefruit flavour. It's a very refreshing beer with a long dry finish.
I got my case yesterday and tried one out - pretty tasty! It has an almost smokey bitterness with a citrus aftertaste. The lime aroma hits you as soon as you open it! Great for the summer, I'm taking some to a bbq with friends this weekend. After all my name is on the label!
A selection of participants also got to go along to the brewery and help out - here's a blog post about it.