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Lockdown Blog #5: Hops

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Lockdown Blog #5: Hops

Hops. We’ve become a bit obsessed with the hops we’re growing in pots outside the office windows, just nicknamed “Spud and Renton” by one of our customers. But though we’re loving seeing the plants grow – sometimes by as much as three centimetres a day - this variety is not what most people think of as the ‘real’ deal. It's a specially-bred, dwarf or hedgerow variety called "Prima Donna" that we’re growing in our beer garden primarily for decoration and shade, though we will definitely try brewing with it once mature, because this tiny hop apparently packs a big flavour punch (rich, citrus character, flavours of orange peel and...

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Lockdown Blog #3 - Keg or Cask beer?

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Lockdown Blog #3 - Keg or Cask beer?

Keg or Cask? Which do you prefer? It’s a bit like asking whether you like salt and sauce on your chips or if you prefer salt and vinegar. Each has its strong advocates. And there’s plenty of people who are not entirely sure of the difference between cask and keg beer and if one is supposed to be the ‘real thing’ while the other isn’t quite authentic. Cask beer was considered to be the connoisseur’s choice in the UK, but over the years it became less popular with publicans, as it has a shorter shelf life than kegged beer and...

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