Friday was a good day. A more than satisfactory flavour panel and a trip to London for The Institute of Brewing Distilling Southern Section annual banquet would have been a cause for positivity but finding out that my beer Cornish Pilsner had won World’s Best Lager made it very special. Being an ale brewery with a mash tun and using whole hops should have really put us at a disadvantage so that makes me even more pleased.
The recipe for Cornish Pilsner is a celebration of Saaz hops and was inspired by the Monsieur Rock recipe developed by Jean-Marie Rock and I. I’ve just sent Jean-Marie and e-mail thanking him for the inspiration. The win comes at a very opportune time as we are just rebranding the bottled beer and bringing the beer out in keg.
In other news, the 2013 vintage Connoisseurs’ Choice beers have been finalised and are in production. This year’s offering is:
Single Brew Reserve with Premiant hops (A pale ale dry hopped with Premiant at 4.5% ABV)
Honey Spice IPA (a hop forward pale ale with Cornish honey and Malabar peppercorns at 6.5% ABV)
6 Vintage Blend (6 different cellar-aged beers from 2007-2013 blended together to make a one off beer at 8% ABV)
More details will of course follow later.