In 5: Balanced, Easy Drinker, Hoppy, Tasty, Strong
Ten points for guessing what happens when you get three top beer writers together for a couple of days in a brewery? Well, surprisingly enough they get drunk! Oh yeah, and they make some beer too. Although it seems that the clever schedulers at BrewDog got the order the wrong way round when they invited them over to make a specially commissioned brew – they let them do the drinking before they did the working. If our drunken cookery after a night out is anything to go by – oven left on, burnt toast, cold cans of beans – we weren’t expecting much from this special edition BrewDog brewed by some half cut, hungover beer lords.
Just hanging out with my mates
We know most of our readers aren’t exactly beer experts and don’t worry, we’d never heard of any of these people before we set up Brewskie. Thankfully, through the powers of t’interweb, and with a lot of help from Twitter and the Blogsphere we can find out; what they’re drinking at any moment in time, what beers they like, when they’re going to the toilet, who they’re drinking with, when they fart… you get the idea. Trust us on this though, they really know what they’re talking about and if they like a beer, you can guarantee it’s going to be worth drinking.
They can obviously talk the talk, but are they master brewers who can really walk the walk?
Well first things first, we can assure you that although A-Very Brown Dredge sounds like something they had to do to the Thames once all the Victorians had finished dumping in it, it really is a mighty fine beer.
It pours like a lovely fresh pilsner with lots of little bubbles that keep it alive throughout the experience. Our first impressions were that this is a very BrewDog beer with that same distinctive, hoppy, raw, citrusy taste that explodes in your mouth. However with this beer there is something a little different, something more. A bit like the Combined Harvest that we enjoyed so much, there is a real balance of flavours which stop any one aspect of the beer from getting too carried away and taking over. This balance of flavour, with a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste and just a touch of sweetness, thrown in with the fact that it is ludicrously tasty keeps you coming back, and back, and back for more. For a beer weighing in at 7.5% it is a real achievement to have created such an easy drinker. We just wish we’d ordered more!
The only question we have is; where was our invite to this beer brewing party (and the royal wedding come to think of it)? Lost in the post no doubt… We wait in anticipation for the next brewing session, and a shiny golden ticket!
Dredge A-Very Brown Brewskie – don’t mind if we do thank you.
This article is copyright © 2013