presenting our new Emperador Yu Lemon Saison

Written by Liz

As beer styles go the Saison is a bit of a blank canvas. Originally from Flanders, brewed for the farmhands working the fields, it’s a low alcohol, well-balanced brew. It used to be brewed in the colder months,
No heavy hops, no overbearing malts, just a nice balance between the two, fruity, spicy, highly carbonated with a nice orange colour.


So when I was asked to come up with a nice refreshing lemon beer for a Chinese client I just knew it would have to be a Saison. They kindly provided me with a lot (a LOT) of their wonderful lemons and set to work!

The result: Emperador Yu, a refreshing, subtle lemon saison that goes really well with spicy Asian food and strong cheeses. Mmmmm.

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These boots are made for brewing….

Written by Liz
Boots painted by Ophelia Rose

Being a girl brewer has its advantages. I may not have the beard or the tattoos, or the physical strength, of some of my boy brewer brethren, but I do get some very cool swag. Bavarian inspired dirndls, Spanish flamenco dresses, my Goat Head necklace… And of course, the boots! We all love the boots.

I have been a western boot lover all my life but after becoming a vegetarian some ten years ago getting my hands on cool non-leather boots turned out to be a bit of a hurdle. Luckily I found artists to paint my rather bland pleather boots and yay, I think it actually turned into a bonus!

Want your own? I have had different artists work on boots for me and one of my favourites is the fabulous Ophelia Rose Handpainted

brewday!

Written by Liz

We had a fabulous brew day, creating some fab craft ales

including our Lemon & Ginger Saison, our Brut IPA and our Lluvia Azul NEIPA.  Watch this space for the new label art!

Hitting our gravity on Lluvia Azul!

Written by Liz

Happy days, fermentation trotting along very nicely on our new Lluvia Azul NEIPA. The New England iPA style is described by words such as juicy and tropical because the of the type of hops used and the dryhop schedules used. The result is a delicious hazy concoction perfect for summer! Or anytime really…. Using hops is like cooking: you have to keep tasting to see what works and what doesn’t. In Lluvia Azul we are trying out three different combinations, one with Nugget and Chinook, one with added coriander and one with added geranium leaves. Yep, I am very curious about that last one as well 😉

Few days left in fermentation and then we’ll bottle! Can’t wait.

Lluvia Azul

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While the wind and rain are howling outside inside I can hear the sweet bubbling of my airlock!
I had a very happy brewday trying out different versions of our summer beer, a NEIPA the very tropical and hazy Lluvia Azul, Blue Rain. NEIPA, New England IPA’s, have a very different hopping schedule to a ‘normal’ IPA, including dryhopping during primary fermentation.

And of course brewing made me thirsty….

Beer presentation in China

Written by Liz

I had such a wonderful time in Hangzhou presenting my beer to new Chinese clients!

I was forgiven for my less-than-perfect Chinese, interesting questions, great food and fab people.