As the summer lion overcomes the winter bull, the brewer turns his mind to the joyful high time of the year.
This summer, England got its first certified Trappist ale. While not yet perfect, it already shows signs that it will honour Belgian abbey ale traditions in an authentically English accent – confident in its own quiet authority.
A coffee-bean stout saw me put two new bits of kit from Speidel to work: the Kellermeister conical fermenter and the Braumeister stainless steel wort chiller.
With Vintage Beer, Patrick Dawson has given us a handy, easy-to-use book on a topic that is attracting more and more attention from beer drinkers.