In 2015, Steel City managed to brew 7 times.
Dave decided this was a frankly ridiculous state of affairs, so with grit, determination and sheer hard work has managed to get 2016’s tally to 4…
The final brew of the year is a collaboration with Imperial brewery of Mexborough (well, Dave has emptied their hop store a few times now…), a strong stout featuring Steel City’s favourite sugar, dark muscovado. In keeping with the ‘Black Metal series’ the beer is named Mayhem, after the band but also making passing reference to Theresa Mayhem PM (ooh, little bit of politics there…). Mayhem weighs in at 6.66%, and is 66.6EBC and 66.6IBU. A little bit more politics in view of America ‘Trumping’ the UK in the mad decisions stakes, a special version for the Shakespeare is dry-hopped with American and English hops and named ‘Dumb & Dumber’.
After the death of the minikit earlier in the year, a borrowed boiler was put to use for ‘Nigel Fromage’s Schokolade-Kirschkäsekuchen‘, a Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Imperial Stout which should end up well over 10% ABV. The brew features lactose, cacao nibs, cherries and shortbread. A pin will be making its way to the Boardwalk for Chris & Kate’s grand opening whenever that may be, and the rest will be bottled, available from Beer Central, Hop Hideout and Cotteridge Wines.
Speaking of Black Metal, the long awaited collaboration with Black Metal Brewery is finally happening in December, no details yet apart from it’ll be an Imperial Stout.
Finally, Dave and Gazza were pleasantly surprised to be invited to the European Parliament British Pub & Beer Group xmas reception in Brussels. Unfortunately there’s no Turkey’s Voting For Christmas left to send… Might have to brew a new one and call it ‘Economic Suicide’…