If you’re unsure about Lost Abbey or Port Brewing….

Having the opportunity to offer brews, creations from such a seriously good brewery – IN THE UK – has left me a little stunned.  We walk into the back store, where I stash the rare and great, and turn the lights on and see something that I never thought I would see in the UK!   Port and Lost Abbey on the shelves for sale, to anyone in the UK with access to the web!  no travelling to San Diego – although I would whole heartedly recommend it!  Amazing city, great people, and weather like you’ll never see in the UK!  (makes me wonder what I am doing sitting here writing this, on a cold dark night here)

A little side note, is that these beers aren’t available in many of the 50 states… 4 or 5 at best!   Lost Abbey and Port Brewing are both multi award winning, and sought the world over by many beer aficionados .  They are big alcohol, big flavour, but so local to San Diego and simply seriously good beer!    And Tomme Arthur is one of the coolest men in beer!


or, don’t take my word for it… watch this film…

go on, I dare you, you wont regret it!

Delays, News, and New Brews

Howdy Hey!

Loads to talk about! Port Brewing and Lost Abbey have finally arrived. Between Customs, Piracy (yes, sodding Piracy! not the actual events, but it put every shipping firm on alert) and then simple weekends getting in the way.  But, finally they’re here!  I will update as I go with availabilties, and a full listing of beers.  I have been filming, so will have some beer porn later.   There will be news asap!

NEW BREWS:  something like 35+ new beers for the site.   New Mikkeller, inc Hvyedgoop or however you spell it.   A selection of British Brews.  Lambic/Gueuze, Little Creatures, Flying Dog…

try this at home!

try this at home!

NEWS: Soap – yes soap!   We had some soap made with beer. Sounds simple doesn’t it?  Anything could be further from the truth.    We have, dear reader, two soaps, one for her and one for him –   FOR HIMFOR HER – What could be more Refreshing then waking up from a wild night at your local pub and hopping into the shower and Lathering up!? Ummm nothing … Please Note!! ** DO NOT attempt to eat or drink this soap! You will not get a buzz you will get a major tummy ache and be blowing bubbles for a week. This soap is intended to wash your body not your intestines**

Homebrewing, thanks and things.

Wow, what a weekend.   This is a Monday ramble.   Mobile phone switched off.

Saturday, whilst I was brewing, I have my laptop around for many reasons.   1, Promash.  2, The Brewing Network. 3, WebRadio.  4, Watching what’s going on on BEERmerchants.com

OK, so the brewing was a nice batch of a “Bright Blond”.  Oxymoron?  none intended.   My brew-buddy was gallivanting around the Low Countries – Even so I fancied brewing.   I had a batch to run to keg; yes dear cask lover – KEG!  I have cask in my heart, but as you well know the shelf life of a cask of ale when opened is 3-4 days at best for ordinary drinking bitter – not that I make anything “ordinary”.  The beauty, more so the practicality is that with a 19L Cornelius keg you can run your batch into it, after primary, secondary, racking to tank (with a load of dry hop) and pop some C02 in the keg and it’s good to go for a good while.  With a few kegs, as I have you can swap between the Toasted Oatmeal Stout, The Wantsum Perle, the Bonkers Barley Wine, and crazy Coffee Stout that you brewed for a laugh.  A quick run through with water and you can swap the kegs quickly, and to what ever takes ones fancy.    Yes, this is still home brew, but as a once “professional”… (read, “I know how to clean“) – friends and worse, family are frequent house guests…. I don’t know why?

Home brewing is great fun, starting back when I did as a student with the once-time batch of Malt Extract and nasty yellow “fuggles” – they could have been anything, then dumped at the deep end in a little brew-pub, was a crash course in cleaning and very little in brewing.    Recent returns back to the fold of brewer have put a smile back on my face – reigniting that burn of desire to get back an have a go.    Throwing recent efforts under the noses of lumiary brewers has been an experience, note learning curve.    I’d much rather take the subtle but harsh advice of them though than piss-artist neighbours just out for the buzz.

Brewing in recent weeks has come on leaps and bounds, culminating in the nailing of a particularly irritating and nagging water issue. This was the “Learning/Reminding myself” that water company’s have the liberty to change the chemistry of the water allll to frequently.    Solved with a little help from here by installing Reverse Osmosis might seem extreme, but considering you can write on a chalkboard with the water locally, might give you a clue to the reason why.

I am finally feeling like I am getting close to what I have brewed at times.    The pleasure in creating the brew that became “Dark Conspiracy” at Eddie Gadds brewery – sharing the experience with good friends,  and seeing them laughing and joking on the release night was pleasure by the truck load – then seeing comment on the excellent Pubs and Beer Websitehere – a neat experience and insight into the world of a brewer.

This is what beer’s about: the social lubricant.  Where I read that, I don’t know, but the years of traveling around beer and the people that I have the fortune to spend time with – and then reading it in the recent edition BeerAdvocate magazine, “beer is a democratic beverage” – yes it is.  and, I for one hope it stays that way.

Where this ramble started and ended, I have no idea why, or how.   Except I wanted to say thanks to all that bought the new Cantillon, the Drie Fontein, De Dolle, and the Dupont.  Then went to light my inbox up with “when is the Port Brewing/Lost Abbey? in?”, “Is it True?” and “can I order one of everything please!”

When, 1st week December, yes it is, and yes you can, but when it’s on the site.

Thank you so much!

Then a 11.30am meeting on Sunday in London with Mr Evans and Beckett, for Battle of the Brains, yes the BBC two show.  Well, fun it was.  Save for the taps in the loo and the message watch out for the high water pressure, ON THE BACK OF THE DOOR!?  after one had liberally doused the area that a man shouldn’t.  Clever huh!

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Port Brewing Hop-15

Saturday, last, my bimonthly home brew day is usually fueled by various brews aquired on my travels- we did enjoy this!!   Port Hop 15 is….

“Welcome to San Diego- Home to Hop Heads on every corner and THE best place in the world to live if you enjoy Humulus Lupulus and the smell of a well hopped beer. This is Southern California, it’s the place where Blind Pig started the Imperial IPA revolution and San Diego Brewers have continued to be at the forefront of its’ evolution.

Today, fans of Double IPA come from every corner of the globe in search of many of the world’s best and most incredibly well hopped beers. It’s no secret that you can find many of them at Pizza Port as well. Like you, we love these beers and mostly we enjoy the happiness they bring us. So we brew all kinds of them. Beers like Hop 15, Lou P Lin, Hop Suey, Poor Man’s IPA and Doheny Double IPA. We even buy kegs of other Double IPA beers because we love hops so much. Since the very first batch of Swamis IPA hit the taps back in 1993, we have had a love affair with these resinous green cones. They inspired us to brew Hop 15 and since that original batch was tapped, this has always been one seriously hoppy beer.

First brewed in 2002 to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Pizza Port in Solana Beach, Hop 15 was imagined and designed by Tomme Arthur and Jeff Bagby. It was to be a celebration of 15 years of “Good Beer Brings Good Cheer.” So there are 15 different hop varieties that are added to the beer every 15 minutes. Over the years, Hop 15 has racked up numerous accolades. It has won two silver medals at the Great American Beer Festival. It also was named Alpha King in 2004 and received a first place award at the Bistro Double IPA beer festival in Hayward, CA. Hop 15 remains won of the stickiest most resinous beers we have ever tasted and for that, we are thankful it is on tap at our brewery each and every day.

Malts- Two Row and English Light Crystal
Hops- We use 15 Different Varieties on a strictly don’t ask don’t tell policy
Yeast- White Labs California Ale and Proprietary Yeast Strains

Original Gravity- 1.086
Terminal Gravity- 1.014
9.7 % ABV

Draft- Available in Southern California 22 Oz Bottles and Cases- At Port Brewing San Marcos and Pizza Port Carlsbad, San Clemente and Solana Beach and wherever better beers are sold.”

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available in the UK – with beermerchants.com!