Last night we ventured forth to Camden for our second night of beer-matched-with-something-tasty at Brew Dog. Last time it was cheese and this time it was meat.
Brew Dog have worked with a small charcuterie company in London – the only one in London we’re told. These guys brought Picco Salumi premises in N1 off the previous owner 6 months ago and are rebranding as Cobble Lane Cured. Everywhere I can find they are referred to using the previous business name, including on Brew Dog’s own site. However, it seems they’re trying for a name change – so thought I’d mention that here.
Interestingly, Islington seems to be fostering a bit of a food movement according to an article in the Evening Standard from September 2013.
The evening began and ended with beer and meat. Over the course of 3 hours, we slowly consumed enough beer, bread and salami to keep us going for the duration.
As part of this meat-fest, there was some cured lamb (a violin of lamb was mentioned – this had to do with how you slice the cured meat if I’ve remembered correctly) that split opinion and a pepperoni that packed a punch. The following photos show meats #2 and #3 both of which were my favourites.
Brew Dog beer matching begins
Brew Dog beer matching continues
The beers went from very drinkable into the slightly murky territory of 18% alcohol content – those pokier beers don’t always appeal to me. We had the Punk IPA and Dead Pony – both two of my favourite Brew Dog beers, all would go perfectly with a beer stick.
This is what’s known in the business as a beer stick
All the meat all the time – we purchased beer sticks. They’re good for fishing trips.
Along with the inevitable excitement of beer combined with awesome cured meat, it was also exciting to find out that Cobble Street Curing invite the general riff raff that is the public into their kitchens to see how the process works. Suffice to say, I know at least one bearded Canadian who will be taking them up on that offer.
Another sunny Sunday, another beer tasting on the balcony.
This time it’s a collaboration with Brew Dog and the Tate, using Lichtenstein for the bottle design.
From the bottle: brewed with rye and US hops, this is a vibrant yet refreshing take on the American pale ale style.
It’s good, hoppy. For me, it leaves a slight liquorice flavour on the back of the mouth. It’s very effervescent. I find it hard to describe the rye flavour – there is something about it that reminds me of rye breads, but it isn’t overtly rye or dark. I’ve known lots of rye beers to be darker in colour.
On a purely aesthetic note, the Lichtenstein inspired label design is awesome. On the beer itself, the first sip I thought it was too bitter for me, but the taste mellows on the second sip. Perhaps it’s the rye in it, but the flavour coats the mouth – and whilst it’s nice, I’m not sure I’d drink more than a half if out. I think maybe the rye gives it a heaviness that adds to that conclusion as well.
From the bottle: “This German style Weizen is a cloudy beer brewed with wheat malt and a fragrant yeast. Please enjoy the banana like flavour and light taste.”
Woke me up like a kick in the teeth. Sour smell and strong first taste, softening in the after taste. Have to say, first sip I wasn’t sold – consequent second and third have won me over.
An acquired taste I’d say. I personally am not getting bananas – but each tastebud to its own eh!
I like it. Got a cloudy apple juice look to it. It’s got a creamy finish and texture in the mouth. Slight lemony flavour, get a tiny bit of coriander/herbyness (similar to Hoegarden).
Hitachino Nest Beer Amber ale from the Kituchi Brewery Ibaraki, Japan. 5.5%.
“This amber ale is a reddish brown beer brewed with a rich malt and bitter hops. Please enjoy the well-balanced flavour and taste.”
Perfect post-sushi beer for me. It’s light so feels perfect for summer time drinking, has a mildly bitter aftertaste which adds to the overall flavour.
We’re sharing one 500ml bottle between two, but definitely suitable for quaffing to oneself. Ruddy drinkable.
Little bit of a caramel taste to it. Not hoppy. It’s a nice amber ale.
Next up, another Hitachino Nest. Japanese Classic Ale, matured in cedar casks. 7.5%.
“This Japanese classic ale is a recreation of the first Japanese beer made in the Edo period. Please enjoy the Japanese taste. Aged in cedar barrels like the old IPA style method from England.”
A bit bitter for me on the first sip, but softens after that. Least favourite of the two, but would still order again.
I quite like it. Slight bitter note.