Proceedings of the meeting of London Amateur Brewers on Monday 5th November at UBrew
The news in November is dominated by BrewCon, and associated events. Brewcon itself will be held on the 24th November at the Oval Space in East London, with a variety of trade stalls, workshops, tastings and talks (including ones by our own Lee Immins, and celebrity alumnus Andy Parker of Elusive Brewing). Tickets available here
Part of the BrewCon festivities is the BrewCon World Series II homebrew competition. Entries are currently closed, but judging is taking place all this week, so if you can make it along to Beer Merchants Tap in Hackney Wick give it a go… if you haven’t judged before, stewarding is a great, low-pressure and enjoyable way to get into beer judging. Beers that have progressed to the next round are being announced on the World Series facebook page, and the overall winners will be announced at the thrilling conclusion of BrewCon.
Another highlight of BrewCon, and one we’re all looking forward to, is the Club Night afterparty. This will also be at Beer Merchants Tap, and will take place straight after BrewCon finishes. This is homebrewers only, so if you’re interested, get in touch with your club. LAB members can get more details by contacting us in the usual ways. If you’re interested in bringing beer to share, let me know as soon as possible.
Our own Lager Than Life competition, as far as we know the only lager-only homebrew competition ever done in this country, is now open for registration and adding entries.
The National Homebrew Competition opens for entries next Monday (12th November)
Lucas Stolarczyk won 2nd Overall at the inaugural BrewBrighton Brew Local competition with his Blackberry Porter ‘Gaius Rubus’. This was a very interesting competition, focusing on ‘localism’ in beer, and we hope to see it repeated.
Mark Sanderson won Best Beer for the third time in a row at the Bexley Homebrew Festival with his Dark Mild, pulling off an impressive and unprecedented hattrick. The festival itself was a highly enjoyable event, with many excellent beers on offer (as well as wines, ciders and bread!). Kudos to LAB’s Phill Turner for his part in organising it!
This month’s presentation was a thorough and in-depth look at Stouts and Porters from Alex Allen, with particular focus on the complex and uncertain history, how they presents today, and the best ways for homebrewers to tackle the styles.
As well as the information presented in the powerpoint (which will be uploaded soon), questions and answers from the audience also addressed the following points.
A huge turn-out of 14 beers for the tasting session meant we had to split the group, so it wasn’t possible to get an overall consensus on Favourite Beer of the meeting, although our group were highly impressed with Paul’s NEIPA which managed to get a very distinct and juicy flavour of mandarins and mango from Centennial and Galaxy hops. The other group were especially impressed with Jacques‘ Old Ale, which won a medal at LSECBC last year, and has only improved and mellowed with age.
Amongst the issues and questions generated during the tasting are the follow topics:
Our next meeting is December 3rd at UBrew, and will be our traditional extreme beer day. These can be extreme in any way, and is a perfect opportunity to bring along that RIS that can be used to fuel jets, the NEIPA that is just slightly damp pellet hops or that infection that has gone all ropey and smells like sick!
Make sure you bring at least two litres if you can. See you there!
Posted: Wednesday, November 7th, 2018