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Day 4 – Ticketybrew – Rose Wheat Beer

Four days in and I’m impressed. One of the things that is always concerning is the freshness of the beers in this calendar. Since it takes so long to get all the beers, organize them, and then ship them you are often left wondering how fresh they might be. This year all the beers have had best before dates on them, and, all the best before dates are a still at least a few months out.

Yesterday’s dark lager from Finland wasn’t that bad and it was nice to move to something a little more malt rich. Today we move off in another direction and get a Rose Ginger Wheat Beer from Ticketybrew out of Manchester, or more specifically Stalybridge,  in the UK.

Ticketybrew was founded on February 14th, 2013 during the day. That evening they brewed their first beer throughout the night. Founded by husband and wife team of Keri and Duncan. Since a young age, Duncan had been interested in acting and over time found that this wasn’t for him. Keri had been working in career that she didn’t really enjoy and wanted more flexibility to spend more time with her kids. So, they brainstormed and as beer had been a great passion of both of theirs, they decided to open a brewery.

Ticketybrew was founded on a base of commitment and love. They love to try new things and to brew different beers. They have continued to grow since their founding but are still a relatively small brewery. They brew a wide range of beers from the Rose Ginger Wheat Beer we will be trying today to a Salted Caramel Coffee Stout. Their beers try to highlight different variations on styles and unique ingredients. They also label all their bottle by hand. The beer from them today is available in bottle or cask and is bottle conditioned still containing leftover yeast sediment in the bottle.

Wheat beers are different from the German weissbier style. These beers can typically display more hop character and less yeast character than their German counterparts. Clean fermentation allows for there to be more graininess from the wheat that is complimented by the hop bitterness rather than the flavours that may be imparted by the yeast. This beer contains hops, rose water and some ginger spice as well that will certainly provide a different and interesting twist on the standard wheat beer flavours.

Historically this beer is an American craft beer variation of the German weissbier using cleaner yeast. Certain yeast strains can provide esters which impart some flavours of their own to the beer. This style would use yeast where the esters can be moderate to none. These yeasts, unlike those typically used in the German weissbier, present with no banana notes and no clove phenols but may have a slightly crisp finish.

These styles of beer can be in the same range of flavor and balance as the blonde ales but, as wheat is the primary malt ingredient, with a greater wheat malt characteristic that may present as bready, doughy, or grainy. With the variation on this style including both the use of rose water and ginger, I’m really excited to see how this one comes across.

Appearance – Hazy golden in color as I poured in the yeast sediment that was at the bottom of the bottle. It was a clear golden yellow color before pouring that in, but hey, that’s part of the fun of these beers.
Smell –  Smells of rose water, ginger, and cardamom with some hints of a sweet fruit, possibly plum.
Taste –  Tastes sweet right off the front and that rose water flavor comes through beautifully with hints of cardamom. The ginger is subtle but provides a bit of a peppery spice. The wheat malt isn’t overly noticeable but comes through on the finish.
Mouth feel
– Medium body, medium carbonation. Sweet with a subtle crispness on finish.
Overall – A very delicious beer. The wheat characteristics aren’t overly noticeable but they are present and provide an overall good base for this beer. Really a showcase of the flavours of rosewater and ginger.
Do I like it?
– I very much liked this beer. I felt that the use of rosewater really provided an interesting and flavorful beer. The ginger gave a nice peppery spice to it. Overall the beer really came through for me and I rather enjoyed it.

 

Craft Beer Advent Calendar – Day 13

Beer 13

So begins the second half of the CraftBeer advent calendar.  The first half of it was rather good.  As a recap on the countries we have visited so far we have: Norway, Finland, England, United States, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Mexico, Iceland, Brazil, and the United States.  So, thus far we have visited 11 unique countries on 4 different continents!

Today’s beer takes us back to the United Kingdom, this time to Perth in Scotland!  Perth is located to the north of Edinburgh, 42.8 miles away and within the city we will find the brewery who has made us our beer today – the Inveralmond Brewery.

Founded in 1997, this brewery has certainly made a name for itself in Scotland.  The head brewer, Ken, officially joined the brewery in 1999.  A year later he smuggled some yeast to Scotland from the Czech Republic giving the brewery the claim of having the only “official” Czech Pilsner in Scotland.  In 2002, they won Champion Beer of Scotland, no easy task, and continued to grow from that point on.

In 2009 they had grown too big for their original space and laid the ground work to build their brand new brewery.  They moved into the new brewery in 2011 and have continued to expand their production from brewing 8000 pints at a time to now brewing over 32000 pints at any given time. When their local team, St. Johnstone, made it to the Scottish cup for the first time in 130 years, they brewed a special blue beer to show their support.  They are truly a Scottish brewery through and through.

The beer we have the pleasure of tasting from them today is their Blackfriar Scotch Ale.  It’s named for one of the three ancient orders of monks who are central to the history of Perth.  The monastery of the Blackfriar was built in 1231 and was the location of the assassination of King James I by traitors.

Scotch Ales are strong ales which are traditionally known as a “wee heavy” in Scotland. Scotch ales are typically very malty and balanced with hops to land somewhere in the middle ground between sweet and bitter.  This particular beer has been brewed with not only barley malts but also wheat which will give it a heavier, creamier feel.  Balancing with four different kinds of hops this brew promises to have a number of flavor notes and I’m excited to see what it tastes like.

Rating: 78/100

Appearance:  Copper brown beer, clear, 1” of head that retains well.
Smell: Chocolate notes as well as the floral notes of hops.  Smells a bit of caramel as well at the very end.
Taste: Malts come through at the beginning with a creaminess that comes from the wheat malt.  Balances really well with the hops providing a mild bitterness to combat the sweetness of the malts.  Flavours of chocolate come through from the chocolate malt used in the beer.
Overall: Creaminess is really pleasant and goes well with the richness of the malts and the balance of the hops.  This beer has flavours that work well together with the specific body of it and I really found that I was enjoying the beer while drinking it.   The use of wheat and barley malts was really smart and added a lot of character to the beer.
Do I like it: I’m not a huge fan of this style of beer. While I wouldn’t necessarily seek this one out at the liquor store, I did enjoy it and would be happy to drink it given another opportunity.  I feel the hops came through really well to balance the sweetness.  Overall, a beer I really enjoyed.