As it turned out 2011 was a great year for great beer, but 2011 was so last year!
We’re determind to make 2012 the new 2011 and to prove it we’ve bought a calender, some brewing shoes and cake (we have to eat too).
Whilst scrabbling around under cupboards, conditioning tanks and the occasional sheep looking for beer recipe books it suddenly dawned on us that we have a world class brewing team, may be they’d have some idea’s? This is what Head Brewer Colin has cobbled together…
1. Hops hops and just to make sure, some hops
Our first new brew of 2012 (Which should be mashed in by the end of the week) is an Imperial Pale Ale. The aim is for a 6.8 – 7.3% big beast of hop led yumminess. True to our roots this will be full of flavour but balanced and a bit too moreish for a beer of that strength.
2. Back to the beginning. Again.
Anyone who tried the original Export Scotch Ale should be pretty excited at the prospect of a second batch, which is this time being brewed on the big kit. The first run (which produced about 750 bottles despite the bottle numbering going up to 1400+) of this 7.9% gem was made in our old brewery with mains water.
Just in case anyone was in any doubt…
Colin did tell us what style it is but it’s such an obscure sounding project we thought we’d leave it until nearer the time. It’s a double pilsner with a twist, we think?
3. And if that wasn’t enough…
We will also be collaborating with some other UK breweries we admire plus making a very special beer for our friends in Sweden, with some friends from Sweden.
We also have one other very different project which we will release on to the world in the next couple of months. Stay tuned.
Of course during all this fun we will be ensuring that we have plenty of the core range and that the quality is kept high and consistent. We have every intention of brewing all the beers in that list, but if they don’t all make it to bar or bottle the reason is because we won’t compromise what we do.
If you have a great idea for a Black Isle beer, please keep it to yourself until next year. We have our work cut out already!
Happy New Beer folks. Let’s make 2012 the year of UK beer!