For our first brew of the year, and with the IDB Homebrew Competition coming up we decided to indulge our interest in local beer history by brewing a Scottish Export or 80- as its also known.
Whilst brewing our second collaborative brew with Cat Asylum, a historic barley wine, we thought it fitting to drink a historic barley wine!
Having got on so well with Henry of Cat Asylum Brewing earlier this year, we decided to return to brew another historic beer together. This time a barley wine!
With the temporary return of our erstwhile brewing cooperator from his adventures in China (which perhaps he may post sometime concerning his brewing endeavours) we decided to brew a beer with some particularly fragrant and alkaline sichuan peppercorns he had brought back. Something we had been contemplating trying for a while. The result, hampered somewhat by a lack of freshly harvested hops (we had to make do with 2015 harvest) is a refreshing affair with a subtle and not overwhelming tingle from the peppercorns but with their characteristic taste well blended with the flavour of the hops.