23May 2018

Brit hop participant logos

Five of the UK’s best breweries will be launching a line-up of exceptional beers using new progressive British hops in new project named BritHop that is due to launch this summer.

The BritHop Series, pioneered by Drinks Maven, has been initiated in conjunction with hop merchant Charles Faram and the British Hop Association [BHA] and aims for a supergroup of new and exciting British beers to be brewed by some of the nation’s top brewers. Each beer will also be aligned with a music track from a British band or artist that suits the beer.

Breweries involved in the project include: Burning Sky, The Kernel, Cloudwater, The Wild Beer Co and North Brewing Co.

“Great beer and great music should go hand-in-hand. In Britain, we are lucky enough to have both. The new progressive hop varieties we now have available to us in the UK are at the heart of this series and will be used to create some exciting new beers. This is the start of a journey into the next generation of flavour for British beer – an exciting step towards growing an appreciation for all of the nuances and subtleties of what British hops have to offer whilst also giving a nod to some decent music at the same time,” said Drinks Maven founder Jessica Mason.

BritHop is an independent project and a way for beer and music fans to also show support for local industry. The BritHop Series will launch aligned with Beer Day Britain and the limited line-up of beers will be available to taste at a party at Mother Kelly’s in Bethnal Green London on the evening of 15th June, 2018.

Twitter and Instagram: #BritHop @drinksmaven

 

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Beer Day Britain graphic saying, celebrate Britain's National drink on Beer Day Britain 15th June with extra Britishness. Archer, Jester, Minstrel, Olicana

21May 2018

The Royal Wedding is over, so here is the last recipe in our #RoyalWedding #Wellhopped series and this time it’s from Ben Adams.

Pale Ale

IBU 25

EBC 10

 

Malt

85% Extra Pale malt

10% Carapils

5% Torrefied Wheat

 

Hops

First Gold                        start of boil

First Gold                        end of boil

Mount Hood                  end of boil

 

Yeast

US-05

 

First Gold imparts an easy session drinkability with its soft bitterness. Late additions of First Gold and Mount Hood combine herbal undertones with a zesty orange and lemon finish

 

 

Click here for Recipe #1 New England IPA from Robbie Harrigan

Click here for Recipe #2 Red Ale from Ben Adams

Click here for Recipe #3 Vienna IPA from Robbie Harrigan

16May 2018

It’s May, it’s the Royal Wedding. Keep an eye out on Twitter for UK/US hop marriage ideas.  We’re going to HOP on to the back of the celebrations and showcase UK  and US combos.

Here is the 3rd Recipe in the Royal Wedding #WellHopped series and it’s from Robbie Harrigan

Admiral and Amarillo flagsVienna IPA

IBU 55
EBC 11

ABV 5.6%

 

Water

Classic IPA/pale ale water treatment

 

Malt

95%        Vienna
5%          Wheat Malt

Hops
Admiral to 10 IBU at start of boil
Late hopping at 2:1 Amarillo® to Admiral at end of boil
Steep/whirlpool again at a ratio of 2:1 Amarillo® to Admiral

Yeast
Fermentis US-05 for optimum presentation of the hops.

 

Click here for Recipe #1 New England IPA from Robbie Harrigan

Click here for Recipe #2 Red Ale from Ben Adams

10May 2018

Graphic to represent Uk us hop match target and clusterIt’s May, it’s the Royal Wedding. Keep an eye out on Twitter for UK/US hop marriage ideas.  We’re going to HOP on to the back of the celebrations and showcase UK  and US combos.

Here is a #WellHopped recipe from our Ben Adams

 

Red Ale
IBU 35
EBC 50
ABV 4.6%

Malt
75% Extra Pale malt
10% Melanoidin
10% Carared
5% Rye

Hops
Target     start of boil
Cluster    end of boil

Yeast
S-04

A rich red full bodied beer.  A little pine aroma from Target and warm tangerine citrus from Cluster matches perfectly with the spice character of the Rye malt.

 

Click here for Recipe #1 New England IPA from Robbie Harrigan

04May 2018

8,234 entries from 66 countries compete at the “Olympics of Beer”

Nashville, Tenn. • May 3, 2018—The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers—announced the results of the 2018 World Beer Cup awards. The largest competition to date, the awards were presented at the conclusion of the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Beers were judged during six sessions over a period of three days by an elite panel of 295 judges from 33 countries—72 percent of whom were from outside the United States. Judges evaluated 8,234 beers—a 25 percent increase in the number of entries from the 2016 World Beer Cup. Of the 2,515 participating breweries, 807 were from outside the United States.

Out of a possible 303 awards in 101 beer style categories, 302 were awarded. One gold award was not given in Category 36, International-Style Pilsener.

“Beer brings people together,” said Charlie Papazian, founder and past president, Brewers Association. “The World Beer Cup showcases the breadth of the global brewing community and winning an award symbolizes one of the greatest brewing achievements. Congratulations to all the winners on this remarkable accomplishment.”

View 2018 World Beer Cup Winners List and Fact Sheet

 

2018 World Beer Cup® Winners Announced