Beer style plays a huge part in how beers are presented, more and more breweries are prepared to take matters of presentation into their own hands, very much suiting brewers and breweries own ideas and direction. Styles like the New England IPA have added another dimension to presentation and many people have now revised their opinions on the kinds of beers they look for and enjoy.
Well its taken 5 months but I’ve managed to get to brew number 8, Friday just gone in fact. Everything and every day since stepping up from brewing on a 100l kit to working with something allowing me to get up to 1,500l into a fermenter has been part of a huge learning curve. You’d be surprised how daunting it is when you start viewing things in 100s of kilograms, 1000s of litres & £100s of hops per brew. I’m slowly coming out blinking into the light. Was I ready? Possibly not, but the beer won’t brew itself – and I’m head brewer!
Once we’d realised the name Stubborn Mule Brewery wasn’t taken the idea to create a range of characterised beers followed pretty quickly.
A few places do it. La Chouffe for one have been doing it since the 70s. We thought we’d try it on some modern beers in Manchester. Everyone knows a stubborn mule so why not bring a few to life over a pint or two.
The only question was to find one that’d represent the attitude and outlook of our brewery: Independent, serious about what we’re doing, just as serious about having some fun with the whole thing.
It didn’t take long for us to realise we’d need to get someone who could draw involved… Read More
Right, it’s been a long, long, long hot summer (night), as far as my eyes could see – as close as it gets around these parts anyway.
After an initial dipping of the toe in the hot wort of Manchester beer making and a subsequent brief hibernation (no one’s gonna tell SMB summers not the right time to sleep, eh?!) it’s time to continue what we’ve been on the road towards for what seems like many, many (many!) months, years even. Read More