The idea was very noble…. To get a group of foodies and beer lovers together to go through a bunch of the best craft beer we could get hold of with short notice, and pull them all apart, what we liked, what we didnt and why!
The scene was set very nicely in the Malmaison Hotel in Reading with some great food and service, the requisite flavour wheel and bank notebooks.
After a brief introduction to the process of brewing from Darron Anley, we got straight into a little training on how to use the flavour wheel, a huge array of description words for tastes and aromas and then dived into the beers.
We had a great selection;
lagers from Camden, Brewdog and Meantime
Pale Ales from The Kernel, Camden, Rogue
IPA’s from everyone – Arbor Ales, Lovibonds, The Kernel, Rogue, Thornbridge, Brewdog to name a few
As well as an assortment of stouts, sour beers and even a cider (not sure how that got added to the list?- Oh yeah the brewer made it)
In all fairness the evening fell rather short of any high and mighty business ideas, but was a fantastic chance to mix with friends over some amazing IPA’s and other beers to highlight what we hope to bring to the table.
Somebody did write some notes though – We haven’t seen them since though.