Our latest beer which you may have had the pleasure of trying recently, is a collaboration with our friends at Hand Drawn Monkey in Huddersfield. We brewed this super hoppy 6.8% IPA at our brewery for cask, and this week Sam and Adam went down to their brewery to brew it again for keg.
Adam, Sam, Tom and Rob all loading the brew with delicious hops.
Barrel of Monkeys is a deep red colour from the solid malt backbone needed to handle the high amount of hops we used. A punchy fruitbowl of aroma is followed by citrus and tropical fruit flavours with a resinous mouthfeel. Think Fruit Salad sweets with a bitter kick. We used Columbus, Simcoe, Citra, Kohatu and the stickiest Nelson Sauvin we've ever come across, in quantities much higher than we usually do.
Sparging enough malt for a 6.8% beer takes a while.
Weighing out the hops.
This wasn't even all of them.
Rob and Tom were great hosts, we had a brilliant day getting covered in hops and trying to shoe-horn as many into their copper as possible. If you're in Huddersfield you must check out their beer shop, which now features 15 keg lines and loads of great bottles. Look out for Barrel of Monkeys on cask for it's re-opening night on Saturday 30th August.
We should have the kegged version of this great beer available in a few weeks, follow us on twitter for updates.