One of my Beer52 brews, and a new brewery to me – Barney’s Beer.
Barney’s are based in Edinburgh – Scotland’s capital city – housed in premises that were formerly the Royal Veterinary School. It’s now a ‘creative hub’ but it has a long history of brewing as the site was home to the historic Summerhall Brewery before becoming the Veterinary School. It’s a convoluted history, but Barney’s founder – Andrew Barnett clearly has an eye for history.
This brew is, I understand, a single hop version of Barney’s popular ‘Volcano IPA’ brewed with the exotic Japanese ‘Sorachi’ hop.
It pours a pale apricot colour, with a rich white head. The nose is bread, artisan bread, mind, none of your white sliced. There’s something fruity in there, apricot and pineapple maybe.
And the flavour is equally complex, very dry, very bitter, with apricot and black pepper.
The more I taste Sorachi beers, the more I like them, they’re all challenging, complex and really refreshing.
And on a summer’s day, that’s what it’s all about isn’t it?