As the summer lion overcomes the winter bull, the brewer turns his mind to the joyful high time of the year.
When Young Ludwig and Old Ludwig step into the pub, a choice of six IPAs leads to an era-defining insight into the nature of language.
Board games, beers, Blimp, and a Bavarian tale make for a nostalgic chronicle of Christmas.
Were brewers to be divided up into “tweakers” and “experimenters”, I would certainly find myself categorised as an experimenter. But I have been tweaking lately... and learning about the ageing of essential-oil components in hops.
The focus on a single ingredient - American hops - is the top of a slippery slope. It encourages an ever-narrowing focus on certain elements of that ingredient, which sends us sliding towards a place where fizzy, alcoholic fruit juice can be mistaken for beer.
With a couple of friends to lend a helping hand, brew day can be a hospitable time of aimless conversation, mutual admiration of shiny brewing equipment, and shameless indulgence in good beer, cheese and ham.