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CRAFT BEER: Cloudwater Brew Co

CRAFT BEER: Cloudwater Brew Co

OJO!! La próxima semana nos llega un cargamento de Cloudwater Brew Co, una de las mejores cerveceras del mundo 😉 Entre las delicias que tendremos, podréis probar:  NW DIPA EKUANOT, NW DIPA CITRA y NW DIPA GALAXY.

Para los que aún no les conocéis, os dejamos un interesante post del manchestereveningnews.co.uk:

Meet Cloudwater Brew Co – the Manchester brewery voted among the best in the world

Cloudwater Brew Co is the only UK brewery to ever make RateBeer’s top 10

RateBeer annually release their top 10 breweries list , and this year there was a surprising entry.

The only UK brewery ever to make the cut, Manchester’s Cloudwater Brew Co was listed at number five after just two years of trading.

It was a huge achievement for the young brewery, which took home a total of eleven awards at the ceremony including best beer in Manchester (with their DIPA v9), top 100 beers in the world (DIPA v3), and a number of mentions in the best beers by style.

The accolade signals the wider picture of a thriving independent brewing scene in Manchester. Brewers like Track, Runaway and Blackjack – to name just a few – create some astounding brews. So why is it that Cloudwater gained international attention before the rest?

Inside the Cloudwater Brew Co, Manchester (Image: Andy Lambert)

Paul Jones first opened the outfit in a small industrial estate with his small team in 2014. From the offset, Jones made no secret of his ambition.

“We’ve got a lot of examples in our short history that prove fortune favours the bold,” he says.

“We’ve certainly benefited from maintaining and building on that confidence… I think that’s one of the factors that help to make us successful.”

Paul Jones, director of Cloudwater (Image: Andy Lambert)

Their confidence didn’t go unnoticed, not least among other brewers. It’s safe to say the new kid on the block put a few noses out of joint in the tight-knit Manchester beer scene.

“I think people were quite cynical about the size of the brewery when we started,” Jones admits.

The norm in the UK – and certainly Manchester – for new breweries was largely home-brewers setting up on a small-scale professional kit, he explains.

(Image: Cloudwater Brew Co)

“I think a misconception was: we’re a bit too big for our boots.”

“[Other brewers thought] what did we think we were doing with this scale, and what were we doing as a British brewery to publicly state our ambition, how dare we.”

But that was never going to deter Jones.

Cloudwater Brew Co from the outside, in Piccadilly Trading Estate (Image: Andy Lambert)

“I think those early misconceptions came through because I think people failed to see the experience that was already built into our starting team … I think we had something like 60 or 70 years of retail experience between us.

“From our point of view, it would have been insulting for me to turn to [my staff] and say: I know you’ve been working in breweries for years, but why don’t we work on this small scale just so that we don’t offend someone miserable in Manchester.”

Their ambition inevitably flows into the beers, which Jones explains are modelled on the best breweries and beers in the world.

“We’re always looking for the best example in each style. For example we just released a helles. The best helles in the country right now is Thornbridge with Lukas. We think the best style example full stop is somewhere between Augustiner and Tegernseer.

Cloudwater’s Mittelfruh Helles (Image: Andy Lambert)

“Even though it’s preposterous for a two-year old non-German brewery to say, ‘we’re going to try and close the gap between never making helles before, and those that we classify as the best examples’, we’re still doing that.”

“It’s the confidence to say we don’t know how far we can go,” Jones continues. “why impose a limit on your ambition?”

And with such impressive accolades already under their belt, it looks like Cloudwater’s confidence is well placed.

CRAFT BEER: Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale!

CRAFT BEER: Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale!

Hace unos días nos hemos hecho con unas cuantas latas de Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale y su “prima” la Double Dry Hopped Fort Point de Trillium Brewing, una joya de craft beer!. Para que os hagáis una idea de la maravilla de cerveza que es, os dejamos una review de nuestros amigos de pintsbitesandflights.com –> Ven a probarla al PEZ TORTILLA de la C/ Cava Baja, 42 – 28005 Madrid

TRILLIUM BREWING COMPANY’S GALAXY DRY HOPPED FORT POINT PALE ALE
January 15, 2017
Over the past couple of years, New England has propelled itself into the upper echelon of the craft beer world. This surge is due in large part to a specific style of beer, the India Pale Ale. In fact, the phrase “New England-style IPA” has become synonymous with unfiltered, hazy beers that assault the palate with fruitful, tropical, and juicy flavors. This style of beer has turned a nation of casual beer drinks into fervent and zealous hop-heads, eagerly anticipating the next big New England IPA to hit the market, the way Apple groupies wait for each iteration of the iPhone.

One could make the case that this all started with the Alchemist’s Heady Topper DIPA, but I would make the case that two breweries in particular really put this style of beer on the radar of American beer drinkers, Tree House and Trillium.

Located in a neighborhood of South Boston from which the titular beer takes its name, Fort Point, it is the city slicker to Tree House’s country kid. Trillium Brewing Company was founded back in March of 2013 by the husband and wife duo, JC and Esther Tetreault. The beers brewed at Trillium represent a feeling of love and passion the Tetreault’s have for their community, which is apparent in the quality of their offerings as well as the names they give to their beers. So many of their beers are named after actual streets or places in the city of Boston, paying homage to the support the community has give to the Trillium Brewery. Most would agree: it sure is easy to support a local brewery when they are putting out spectacular beers like their Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale.
Trillium’s pale ale has several different varieties including regular Fort Point Pale Ale, Double Dry Hopped Fort Point, Mosaic Dry Hopped Fort Point, etc. Their Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale (which will hereby be referred to as GDH FPPA) is a version of their base Fort Point Pale Ale that is dry hopped with Galaxy. Dry hopping is the equivalent of Emeril Lagasse taking a bit of a spice and doing the whole “BAM!” bit. It’s a extra dose of what gives the beer its fruity and tropical flavor thrown in towards the end of the brewing process.

GDH FPPA, per Trillium’s website, comes in at 6.6% ABV, uses American 2-row Barley, White Wheat, C-15, Dextrine malts, and contains Galaxy and Columbus hops. If that doesn’t mean anything to you, then I don’t what to tell ya.

Anyway, this beer comes in 16 fl oz. cans which was a recent change from the massive bottles the beer used to come in. This has been a welcomed change by many (me) as they are now more conducive to taking into the shower and packing into your golf bag. Pouring the beer into their arch rival Tree House’s glass results in a series of chemically-induced flashes of eternal hellfi… a completely opaque, deep orange looking beer. It’s like grapefruit juice in the glass. There is about half a finger of head on the pour as well. You care about this for some reason.

The aromatics of GDH FPPA are Jamba Juice in nature. There is a lot of orange, mango, and pineapple scents tickling the nostrils. When you’re recreating this tasting with guests or a loved one, just say things like “tropical aromas” and “emitting from the glass” and “why are you leaving so soon?”.

All kidding aside, this is, in my opinion, the best pale ale I’ve ever had. The beer is perfect. It is full bodied, even for a pale ale, and has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. To the casual beer drinker (or any beer drinker who was just handed a glass of this), it feels like an IPA. Melodic notes of mango and other citrus flavors excite the taste buds. Basically, it tastes like it smells: FREAKING DELISH! The finish is dry, but it leaves you with a quick, hoppy, herbaceous bon voyage, like a kiss from a loved one as they embark on an open-ended journey, reminding you of what will make the wait worth it. Trillium’s GDH FPPA is simply one of the best. It’s the type of beer you share with friends in order to suck them into craft beer fandom.