Modern British Brewery # 2 – Left Handed Giant

You can find beers (many hazies) from Left Handed Giant Brewing Co. in three locations across the city of Bristol.

Let’s get to my imagines taster tray…

Bristol Gold Festbier – “Bristol Gold is a celebration of all things Lager, brewed as a nod to the historic annual Oktoberfest celebrations, and inspired by many travels through Germany. We used traditional German malted barley and the finest Tettnanger hops, to create an export style lager that is rich, yet balanced and refreshing.”

Cheeseburger Cavalry – “back in full force! Hoppy, zesty and deliciously crisp, with a delightful tangerine hue.

Citra and Mosaic doing their thing, bringing splashes of orange marmalade and fresh pine, backed up by a full, biscuity grain character and an assertive bitterness.”

Solitude Milk Stout – “We’re always excited to see Solitude coming out of tank, brewed with coffee beans from our good friends at New Cut Coffee.

With Chocolate malt and Roasted Barley in the malt bill and additions of Hazelnut and Madagascan Vanilla, Solitude drinks like a silky hazelnut ganache with a robust, roasty backbone.

Dark Mild – “Every beer has a time and place and this Dark Mild with notes of; English hedgerow berries, smooth caramel and lightly roasted malt, with a rich mahogany hue, will be taking pride of place to see us through many cold evenings.”

Modern British Beer Brewery # 1 – Salt Beer Factory

Turn to page 97 of Modern British Beer by Matthew Curtis for our first stop, Salt Beer Factory.

They are located in the village of Saltaire and they name all of their core beers after textiles. Speaking of, let’s dive into a taster tray.

Jute Session IPA – “Jute as a textile is one of the most accessible and versatile fabrics in the world. Over the years it has been used for fishing, manufacturing, household items and even clothing. Similarly, the goal of our session was to brew an accessible beer suitable for all occasions.

We put our spin on the traditional IPA, using a mix of Australian and American hops, keeping it naturally hazy and packed full of flavour. Jute is a crisp, light and refreshing session IPA. Initial aromas and tastes of citrus followed by a slightly bitter melon-rind finish”

Denim IPA – “1. A hard-wearing cotton twill fabric, typically blue and used for jeans and other clothing.

2. A hop-charged IPA utilising a blend of 3 hop products to pack in big, bold hop flavours.”

Hessian – “1. A strong, coarse fabric made from hemp or jute, used for sacks and upholstery.

2. A dark & roasty beer infused with coffee, cacao & vanilla.”

Pray for Mojo – “A punchy IPA fermented with Kveik yeast.”

Modern British Beer

There has been quite some noise coming from the British craft beer scene. Not that we can get much of the beer here or travel there of late but maybe we needed to get this book from Matthew Curtis first to re-acclimate us to what is going on the UK.

Kind of a “How it Started, How’s It Going” view.

Modern British Beer is available but only via CAMRA’s (Campaign for Real Ale) website for those in country. For those anxious to order in the U.S., try these three retailers: WaterstonesBlackwells and Book Depository.