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<h1>Week 31: What the ingredients bring to the beer</h1> <p><strong>Now that we're prepped for homebrewing, we should take some time to discuss the individual ingredients in our recipe. This week at Beer Hawk University, we're going to cover the flavours and qualities that our chosen ingredients will bring to the glass. <br /></strong></p> <p><strong><img style="max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/35982e00487f99711bf5a751470a0fa3-bg.jpeg" /></strong></p> <p>Each ingredient, from the malt to the yeast strain, is responsible for a certain quality that will end up in our final product. Each step of the brewing process is finely tuned so that the character of every ingredient is maximised. We'll get into the timings and temperatures of each step at a later date, but, for now, let's look at what our ingredients are bringing to the bottle. That is, if the Homebrew Gods are smiling upon us.</p> <h2>Malts</h2> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="../../../blog/beer-hawk-university-week-29-perfecting-your-homebrewing-recipe">Looking back at our recipe</a></span>, you'll notice that we've got five different malts. The largest quantity--our lager malt--is called our base malt. It, well, forms the foundation of our grist. The rest of the malts are there for style, pizzaz and support.</p> <h3>Lager Malt</h3> <p>Our basic lager malt is a 2-row barley from the European continent. This malt gives our final beer a clean, elegant character with a soft maltiness. No fuss here, it's simplicity we're going for in our golden ale. Lightly kilned, this malt ensures that the colour remains light.</p> <h3>2 Row Pilsner Bel</h3> <p>This malt, is another 2-Row barley from Belgium. As another base malt, it's useful for continental lagers and clean Golden Ales (like ours!) because it's clean, simple and adds a delicately sweet maltiness. Again, it will add very little in terms of colour.</p> <h3>Pale Malt (Maris Otter)</h3> <p>A classic British malt, it's near impossible to find an English-style beer that doesn't use the Maris Otter. This fine base malt adds an orange-tinged golden colour and has a unique rich, slightly nutty flavor.</p> <h3>Munich Malt</h3> <p>Munich Malt is a more highly kilned lager malt which results in a richly flavoured&nbsp; malty sweetness while still bringing the clean character we're looking for in our Golden Ale. The smaller percentage used in our recipe will merely bring about an enhanced malt character with an amber orange color.</p> <h3>CaraPils</h3> <p>CaraPils is a trademarked dextrin malt which contributes unfermentable sugars. Adding a little bit to our recipe adds foam stability and a fuller mouthfeel. It improves body and significantly enhances head retention without adding flavor or color to our beer.&nbsp;</p> <p><img style="max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/341386f0f5a13f516af4af7ebd5908c3-smsq.jpeg" width="100" height="100" data-image-selector="1521715596682" /></p> <h2>Hops</h2> <p>One of our favourite ingredients in beer (well, hey, there's only four so...), the hops bring the part-ay. We've decided to make our Golden Ale a single-hop version using Mosaic hops. So, what kind of flavours are these hops bringing to our recipe?</p> <h3>Mosaic Hops</h3> <p>A dual-purpose hop (which means that it adds both aroma and bitterness), the Mosaic hop was bred from Simcoe&reg;. Its characterful flavours and aromas of everything from citrus, pine, earth, blueberry, tangerine, papaya, rose, blossoms, grass and bubble gum are well-suited for our Golden Ale.&nbsp;</p> <p>An above-average Alpha acid quantity (the acids responsible for bitterness) means that the Mosaic is suitable for adding early in the boil to extract bitterness. Use them for late boil addition and for dry-hopping as well, and we'll have ourselves a nice single hop brew.</p> <p><img style="max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/341386f0f5a13f516af4af7ebd5908c3-smsq.jpeg" width="100" height="100" data-image-selector="1521715593086" /></p> <h2>Yeast</h2> <p>Ahh, yeast. The ingredient that keeps this all from being hoppy malty water. As we know, the yeast is responsible for converting the malt's sugars into alcohol. But our yeastie friends are also in charge of bringing their own sense of character to our homebrew. What does ours bring?</p> <h3>Safale S-04 Ale Yeast</h3> <p>A well-known English ale yeast, we picked this strain for its fast fermentation character and its ability to improve beer clarity (which is very important for a Golden Ale!) This yeast is recommended for English-style Golden Ales because it brings about a clean, crisp character.</p> <p><img style="max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/341386f0f5a13f516af4af7ebd5908c3-smsq.jpeg" width="100" height="100" /></p> <h2>Finings</h2> <p>We've included an additive in our beer to help us get our Golden Ale just the way we want it: finings. Finings are used to help get more clarity in beer as it collects any suspended proteins and helps them drop out.</p> <h3>Irish Moss</h3> <p>We chose to use Irish Moss as our finings. A bit of this with about 10 minutes left in the boil makes sure that our Golden Ale is sparkling clear--the way it should be. And, since Irish Moss is derived from seaweed, it's suitable for vegetarians and vegans!</p> <p><img style="max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/341386f0f5a13f516af4af7ebd5908c3-smsq.jpeg" width="200" height="200" /></p> <p>Ok, sounds delicious doesn't it?! We're looking forward to cracking on with our brew day. We'll see you next time at BHU when we look a bit more into the science of a brew day and tell you what temperatures and timings we're brewing with. 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<h1>What we learnt on Planet Beer this week</h1> <p><strong>Hop City, ancient breweries and shoe for a glass: here are the latest happenings, news, views and events you need to know about this week</strong></p> <p><img style="max-width: 100%;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/d0ce042ed5e623ed6475835fda630095-bg.jpeg" /></p> <p><strong>1/ A shoe for your glass</strong>. Belgian beer bars have had enough of people stealing the glasses, so much so, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/15/belgian-bars-put-the-boot-into-tourists-who-steal-beer-glasses" target="_blank" rel="noopener">one bar is demanding a shoe as a deposit</a>. - The Guardian</p> <p><strong>2/ Ancient brewery uncovered</strong>. <a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/egypt-beer-making-ancient-brewery-archaeologists-a8201471.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Archeologists in Egypt have found what they believe to be a brewery dating back to 2400BCE</a>. - The Independent</p> <p><strong>3/ Hop City returns bigger than ever</strong>. The hop-forward Leeds beer festival hosted by Northern Monk Brewing Co in its wonderful Old Flax Store building is back again between on Easter weekend between March 29-31. <a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hop-city-2018-tickets-40890470498" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Get your tickets here</a>.</p> <p><strong>4/ We're launching a bar</strong>. Yes, that's right. Beer Hawk is launching a bar in London. <a href="http://goodbeerhunting.com/sightlines/2018/3/5/into-the-thick-of-it-beer-hawk-readies-first-london-bar-and-bottle-shop" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Read all about it on Good Beer Hunting.</a></p>
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<h1>Belgian food pairing: Steak tartare</h1> <p><strong>Known as a Filet Am&eacute;ricain in Belgium, the steak tartare is one of the great dishes. But what to pair with it? Our Beer Sommelier Maggie Cubbler picks out a classic</strong></p> <p><img style="max-width: 100%;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/a78abff38b0c643294558b56ce09ca2e-bg.jpeg" /></p> <p><em>Photo: Jez Timms / Unsplash</em></p> <p>Affectionately known as Toast Cannibal, the Filet Am&eacute;ricain is a staple of casual Belgian dining. Raw beef, &agrave; la steak tartare, is seasoned with raw onions, capers, Tabasco and even Worcestershire sauce. An explosion of flavour dances on the tongue and it&rsquo;s a favourite of all leading zombies.</p> <p><strong>PAIR IT WITH</strong></p> <p><a href="../../../vedett-blonde" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>Vedett / Extra Blond / 5.2%</strong></a></p> <p><a href="../../../vedett-blonde" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img style="max-width: 100%;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/c81a48dcaa8d517125d1be41f5bfee35-bg.jpeg" /></a><br />Salty and savoury, a Filet Am&eacute;ricain wants something zesty, refreshing and palate cleansing. The Vedett Extra Blond has a firm bitterness and tongue-tingling carbonation which cuts through the rich fat from the meat while the lager&rsquo;s sweet citrus note pulls at the briny capers. Plus it&rsquo;s superbly drinkable.</p>
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<h1>Homebrew essentials #1: Preparation</h1> <p><strong>In the first of our (virtual) cut-out-and-keep homebrewing course, we're looking at preparation &ndash; it'll make your brewday go much more smoothly</strong></p> <p><strong><img style="max-width: 100%;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/cf25c7bee006232945a2bf2d6ecf4716-bg.jpeg" /></strong></p> <p>Success, so the saying goes, is 90 per cent preparation and 10 per cent perspiration, and so it is with beer. Having your brew day planned out will not only save you time but also eliminate the chances of anything ruining your beer.</p> <p><strong>1/ Clean all items</strong>. Clean everything your beer will come into contact with for the mash (sanitise other equipment just before you need it). This includes your hot liquor tank, mash tun, kettle, pots and jugs, spoons, thermometer and tubing.<br /><br /><strong>2/ Lay out all items</strong>. Having all equipment and ingredients quickly to hand will make the brew day quicker. See the list left. <br /><br /><strong>3/ Weigh out ingredients</strong>. Weigh out all your malts (they can be thrown in together once weighed) and your hops for each addition in the boil or dry hop.</p> <p>4<strong>/ Prepare yeast</strong>. If using a &lsquo;smack pack&rsquo;, activate the pack by breaking the inner pouch with a firm smack and incubate at room temp for a least three hours. Bring dry yeast to room temperature.</p> <p>------</p> <p><a href="../../../homebrew" target="_blank" rel="noopener">See our homebrew equipment here</a></p>
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<h1>PerfectDraft Con 2018 tickets are NOW LIVE!</h1> <p><img style="max-width: 100%;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/8e3fced7f657e5dce778370e4ca4df2a-bg.jpeg" /></p> <p style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #333333; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; margin: 0px; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif;"><strong style="text-size-adjust: 100%;"><span class="" style="text-size-adjust: 100%; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; text-decoration: underline;">PD Co</span><span class="" style="text-size-adjust: 100%; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; text-decoration: underline;">n 2018 - 14th April 2018</span><br style="text-size-adjust: 100%;" /></strong></p> <p style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #333333; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; margin: 0px; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif;"><br style="text-size-adjust: 100%;" /><span class="" style="text-size-adjust: 100%; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; text-decoration: underline;">Ticket Price<br style="text-size-adjust: 100%;" /></span><br style="text-size-adjust: 100%;" />Single: &pound;69.99 (includes small double room)</p> <p style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #333333; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; margin: 0px; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif;">Joint: &pound;119.99 (includes twin/regular double room)</p> <p style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #333333; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; margin: 0px; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #333333; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; margin: 0px; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif;"><span class="" style="text-size-adjust: 100%; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; text-decoration: underline;">What's included in the ticket price</span></p> <p style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #333333; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; margin: 0px; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p> <ul style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #333333; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%; margin: 0px; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Accommodation</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%; margin: 0px; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Shuttle between the hotel and Beer Hawk HQ on the day</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%; margin: 0px; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">PerfectDraft beer on the day (multiple machines, multiple kegs!)</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%; margin: 0px; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">One-off PDCon 2018 merch</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%; margin: 0px; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Entertainment and guided beer tastings on the day</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%; margin: 0px; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Opportunity to feed back to Beer Hawk on the future of PD</li> <li style="text-size-adjust: 100%; margin: 0px; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Free keg per attendee</li> </ul> <p style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #333333; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; margin: 0px; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif;"><span style="text-size-adjust: 100%; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #333333; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; margin: 0px; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif;">On the day we'll have a food van selling tasty treats, as well as bottled beers and soft drinks at our paid beer bar.</p> <p style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #333333; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; margin: 0px; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-size-adjust: 100%; color: #333333; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: -webkit-left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-wrap: break-word; word-break: break-word; margin: 0px; font-family: verdana, geneva, sans-serif;">If you are interested please email <a href="mailto:info@beerhawk.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="noopener">info@beerhawk.co.uk</a></p>
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<h1>Monastic marvels</h1> <p><strong>Northern Monk Brewing Co amazing rise continues in a new brewery. We catch up with Head Brewer Brian Dickson who charts its rise and get the inside scoop on his favourite beers</strong></p> <p><strong><img style="max-width: 100%;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/16b02a946f1dfdbc512b6eac9e802a09-bg.jpeg" /></strong></p> <p>Time is relative. And as we thrust our way through the 21st century, with driverless cars and private rockets becoming a reality, we see another industry gently tapping the indicator and overtaking most other things: craft beer. The statistics are well worn (and well abused), but we do know that in the last five years the beer, and with it the drinks industry, have changed at a speed like never before. Yet even among the twisting vortex of beer, the rise and rise of Northern Monk has been astonishing. Five years ago, Russel Bisset and Brian Dickson, were shuffling fermenting vessels into a basement; Russ&rsquo; parent&rsquo;s basement. In February 2017, I&rsquo;m being shown around a large brewery in an industrial estate in Leeds. Mirror-clean stainless steel vessels rise up into the rafters, alongside house-high pallets of cans. &ldquo;We tripled last year and we&rsquo;ll triple again this year,&rdquo; account manager Billy Marshall tells me.</p> <p><img style="max-width: 100%;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/2d85451957923e3adcb2670d7fc0e157-bg.jpeg" /><br /><br />It&rsquo;s not only in terms of quantity Northern Monk has grown. The beer was always good, but in the last year especially it has begun to stop people in their tracks. Fortunately, many of those who love their beer, also made their vote heard on RateBeer. As I walk into their smaller, experimental brewery in the Old Flax Store &ndash; under its wonderful taproom &ndash; Lead Brewer Adam Lyle is literally opening a box filled with medals.</p> <p><img style="max-width: 100%;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/541b89d31df0d3f44b55398a13049661-bg.jpeg" /></p> <p><img style="max-width: 100%;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/aaaf25a489f89c0824435fbef61361e6-bg.jpeg" /></p> <p>It has been sent from an address in the US and inside shining discs are engraved awards including one for being among the 100 breweries worldwide. It&rsquo;s a heady rise. We spoke to Head Brewer and this month&rsquo;s case curator Brian Dickson to find out more.</p> <p><strong>How did you start out with Northern Monk?</strong> <br />When I first came on board with Russell, the office was his mum&rsquo;s dining room, and our warehouse was a cellar. So everything we brewed got delivered by down a cul-de-sac in Bradford and hand pulled into the cellar and then delivered in the back of his mum&rsquo;s Renault.</p> <p><strong>Did you have any idea, three years later, you&rsquo;d be across two sites and exporting to 20 countries?</strong><br />Absolutely not. I mean the goal was alway to make the best beer we can, get some recognition. We had an idea, but we got there many years ahead of what we thought we would. It&rsquo;s been absolutely crazy.</p> <p><strong>Did you have an ethos when you started?</strong> <br />We both enjoyed drinking the big, hoppy American IPAs that found their way over, and one inspiration was the scene was growing, but it was still hard to get good, fresh, UK IPAs. With a name like Northern Monk, we always looked backwards first, at the tradition of brewing in northern England, and Monastic influence and community element as well. We built our core range on looking back and then with a modern twist on it.</p> <p><img style="max-width: 100%;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/fcd5aab3c3632e81bfceafeca6c71373-bg.jpeg" /><br /><br /><strong>Creatively where do you see Northern Monk going in the next year or so?</strong><br />Beerwise, our focus over the last year or two is to make the best IPAs we can do. Stouts as well - get those two flagship beers we do as good as we can. We&rsquo;re delighted with Heathen IPA at the moment. We&rsquo;re happy with the consistency of the core products. The Patron&rsquo;s Project which is a creative collaboration with artists has allowed us to push things to another level. So now the biggest benefit of the bigger tanks is that our smaller tanks in the Old Flax Store are a little more freed up which has allowed us to start brewing lagers and really ageing things. We&rsquo;ve stout ageing on coffee beans, we did a bretted blueberry ale, so we can justify holding things in tank a lot longer.</p> <p>Over the next couple of years we want to start doing some mixed fermentations and really branch out in styles while keeping on the pulse on IPAs and making sure we&rsquo;re leading the way on that. I&rsquo;m personally delighted we&rsquo;ve got a pilsner in the taproom.</p> <p><em>------</em></p> <p><strong>BRIAN DICKSON ON HIS BEERS</strong></p> <p><a href="../../../northern-monk-communion" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>Communion / 5.1%</strong></a></p> <p><a href="../../../northern-monk-communion" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em><img style="max-width: 100%;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/f5b5370cf4aef123d1cf9a92615f9be2-bg.jpeg" /></em></a></p> <p><em>&ldquo;This is the second part of a two part collaboration with Opeth, a Swedish based prog metal band who are absolutely huge worldwide. The lead hop on this is Ekuanot, often described as &lsquo;super Citra&rsquo;, lots of tropical fruit, and a bit more floral with a lime zest character.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><a href="../../../northern-monk-new-world" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>New World / 6.2%</strong></a><br /><br /><a href="../../../northern-monk-new-world" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img style="max-width: 100%;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/44f3ae6d852f4921b1597623ac3edcfd-bg.jpeg" /></a></p> <p><em>&ldquo;This has been with us from the very beginning. It has evolved in many ways and yet in some ways it&rsquo;s just the same: it&rsquo;s a classic West Coast IPA. Golden in colour, a caramel sweetness and a biscuity malt bill to it. A decent amount of bitterness and a pine and citrus hops &ndash; Simcoe is the lead variety in it. Really piney.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><a href="../../../northern-monk-northern-star" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>Northern Star / 5.9%</strong></a></p> <p><a href="../../../northern-monk-northern-star" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong><img style="max-width: 100%;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/1586c21e9013099a1c771b67ce3144a6-bg.jpeg" /></strong></a></p> <p><em>Daniel Neilson</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
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<h1>Homebrew recipe: Dry Irish Stout</h1> <p><strong>To celebrate St Patrick's Day we're publishing our easy homebrew recipe for a classic: the Dry Irish Stout</strong></p> <p><img style="max-width: 100%;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/f35b2ef2e5dba21499cbbe487eaca1cf-bg.jpeg" /></p> <p><em><span style="color: #111111; font-family: -apple-system, system-ui, 'San Francisco', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Ubuntu, Roboto, Noto, 'Segoe UI', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: nowrap; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #f5f5f5; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">Photo by&nbsp;</span><a style="box-sizing: border-box; background-color: #f5f5f5; color: #999999; transition: color 0.2s ease-in-out, opacity 0.2s ease-in-out; font-family: -apple-system, system-ui, 'San Francisco', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Ubuntu, Roboto, Noto, 'Segoe UI', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: nowrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;" href="https://unsplash.com/photos/Pbid6VWDYtE?utm_source=unsplash&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_content=creditCopyText">Patrick Fore</a><span style="color: #111111; font-family: -apple-system, system-ui, 'San Francisco', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Ubuntu, Roboto, Noto, 'Segoe UI', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: nowrap; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #f5f5f5; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;">&nbsp;on&nbsp;</span><a style="box-sizing: border-box; background-color: #f5f5f5; color: #111111; transition: color 0.2s ease-in-out, opacity 0.2s ease-in-out; outline: 0px; font-family: -apple-system, system-ui, 'San Francisco', 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Ubuntu, Roboto, Noto, 'Segoe UI', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: nowrap; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;" href="https://unsplash.com/search/photos/stout?utm_source=unsplash&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_content=creditCopyText">Unsplash</a></em></p> <p><strong>WHAT IS IT?</strong> <br />The Irish stout evolved from the popular London porters of the late 1800s. A noticeable roasted character with a rather high hop bitterness is often accompanied by creamy mouthfeel especially when served on draught. A moderate alcohol content leads to an overall drinkability for generally bold and dry style.</p> <p><strong>ABOUT THE BREW</strong><br />Volume: 23 litres <br />Boil volume: 27 litres<br />Alcohol: 4.2% (4 &ndash; 5%)<br />Bitterness / IBU: 39 IBU (30 &ndash; 45 IBU)<br />Colour: 70 EBC (48 &ndash; 80 EBC)<br />Original Gravity: 1.044 (1.036 &ndash; 1.050)<br />Final Gravity: 1.011 (1.07 &ndash; 1.011)<br /><br />MASH SCHEDULE<br />Mash in at 67&deg;C for 60min, Mash out at 76&deg;C for 10min.<br />Add all hops at beginning of 60 minute boil. </p> <p><strong>CORE RECIPE<br />Malt: <br /></strong><a href="../../../malt" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pale malt (Maris Otter): 3.5kg</a><br /><a href="../../../malt" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Flaked barley: 400g </a><br /><a href="../../../malt" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Roasted barley: 400g</a></p> <p><strong>Hop</strong>: <br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="../../../uk-kent-goldings-hop-pellets" target="_blank" rel="noopener">East Kent Goldings</a></span> 60g at 60 minutes</p> <p><strong>Yeast</strong>:<br /><a href="../../../mangrove-jack-s-craft-series-yeast-new-world-strong-ale-10g" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mangrove Jack's Strong Ale</a></p> <p><strong>EXTRACT RECIPE</strong><br />Steep 400g of flaked barley and 400g of roasted barley in 27 litres of water at 65&deg;C for half an hour. Remove and then add 2.1kg of light dried malt extract or 2.6kg of Maris Otter pale liquid malt extract, bring to the boil and add hops as normal to the boil.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
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<h1>Beer Hawk to launch taproom and bottle shop in London</h1> <p><strong>We're all set to open a new bar in the heart of London. We're excited. Very. <br /></strong></p> <p><strong><img style="max-width: 100%;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/173dee95b34465ab7aef4c92f1b2a085-bg.jpeg" /></strong></p> <p><em>Image by Fred Mouniguet/Unsplash</em></p> <p>Beer Hawk's co-founder Chris France writes: "The concept of our new London bar will be a taproom and bottle shop hybrid bringing over 80 of the world&rsquo;s finest beers on draft and in bottles from our online shop, allowing people to browse, discover, take away or simply enjoy a drink in.</p> <p>"The bar isn&rsquo;t just for people who already love craft and speciality beer it&rsquo;s for anyone, we want to make it the kind of place you&rsquo;d come to on a Saturday night with some friends or the place you&rsquo;d go for after work drinks and you know that the staff will try their utmost to make sure you&rsquo;re drinking something you genuinely enjoy. </p> <p>"People will also be able to order beer from the bar to be delivered to their home address through the Beer Hawk website, which means if there&rsquo;s a particular beer or style they&rsquo;re enjoying they can simply go on to one of the iPads, order what they&rsquo;d like, and it will be delivered to their home address in just a couple of days."</p> <p>The taproom also hops to stand out because customers can spend their Beer Tokens. "We&rsquo;re a bit unique in that we&rsquo;ve already got a very active reward scheme (Beer Tokens) already built in to our online shop &ndash; and we&rsquo;re planning on extending to the bar. That&rsquo;ll mean customers who shop with us online can spend their Beer Tokens to get money off their bill, or access to exclusive events, and vice versa. It&rsquo;s early days, but we&rsquo;re really excited about the possibilities!"</p> <p>Stay tuned for the first concept images on the Journal soon.</p>
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<h1>Hops: Pellets vs whole cone</h1> <p><strong>We only answer the important questions here at Beer Hawk and this week it is: should you be using pelletised (real word!) hops or whole cone</strong></p> <p><img style="max-width: 100%;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/7f0377730ad209c164fe75e9c71ea9fc-bg.jpeg" /></p> <p>Whole cone hops: <br />Whole hops are often used in dry hopping as they are easier to remove from the beer and may give a slightly fresher aroma than pellet hops.</p> <p>Pellet hops: Pellet hops are produced by grinding up the whole hop cones and pressing them into pellets. When used for bittering, pellet hops have a higher extraction efficiency by weight than whole hops. They are also less subject to oxidising than whole hops.</p> <p>-----</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="../../../hops" target="_blank" rel="noopener">See our extensive collection of hops here</a></span></p>
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Beer Hawk | Beer Zone by Daniel N. - 3M ago

<h1>Crossing borders</h1> <p><strong>English vs US IPAs, Bohemian Pilsner vs German Pils, Belgian Witbier vs German Weissbier. How exactly do the same beer styles differ in different countries?</strong></p> <p><strong><img style="max-width: 100%;" src="https://beerhawk.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/article-image/cache/a70859f37d124bbf932dd5b4905aee7f-bg.jpeg" /></strong></p> <p><em>Photo by Gareth Dobson</em></p> <p>Beer is fascinating for so many reasons not least of which is how beer styles have come to be and how they have adapted and evolved. Take the famed IPA for example. Arguably the most-loved beer style in the world (if we&rsquo;re not counting lagers) the India pale ale is single-handedly responsible for our current infatuation with all things hops. This style came to be in the late 1700s by adding more hops to a classic pale ale partly to endure the journey from the UK to the British colony in India.&nbsp;The style was eventually adopted by American brewers in the 1970s who used American ingredients and hops.&nbsp;And, as Americans are wont to do, they started chucking more and more hops into their brews and the American IPA was born. As well as the IPA, we&rsquo;ve also looked at the classic Pilsner, and Belgian and German wheat beers.</p> <p><strong>English IPA vs American IPA</strong><br /><strong>Hops</strong>: Spicy and earthy English hops <em>vs</em> Resin, pine, citrus and floral aromas <br /><strong>Flavour</strong>: Malty but well-balanced <em>vs</em> Assertively bitter, but balanced <br /><strong>Yeast</strong>: Fruity esters from English strain <em>vs</em> Clean yeast notes</p> <p><strong>Bohemian Pilsner vs German Pils</strong><br /><strong>History</strong>: Czechs created the Pilsner <em>vs</em> Germans followed with their version <br /><strong>Body</strong>: Complex caramel malt profile <em>vs</em> Lighter-bodied and drier <br /><strong>Hops</strong>: Floral and spicy character <em>vs</em> Bit more bitter and characterful</p> <p><strong>Belgian Witbier vs German Weissbier</strong><br /><strong>Flavour</strong>: Spicy, citrusy with fruity notes <em>vs</em> Classic clove and banana flavours <br /><strong>Ingredients</strong>: Coriander and orange peel <em>vs</em> Aromas from yeast only <br /><strong>Colour</strong>: Pale straw and hazy <em>vs</em> A dark orange and very hazy</p> <p>------</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
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