Steel City continue to release collaborations as Dave pays off his collab ‘debt’ (and not at all because it means someone else shovelling the mash tun, honest guv). The latest is with Neepsend and Lost Industry, a 5.0% Citra and Rakau dry-hopped sour named Medusa (thus fitting both Neepsend’s mythology theme and Steel City’s metal album theme). Although the beer has a slightly higher final gravity than most Steel City beers, any hint of sweetness is bludgeoned into submission by a citrus acidity somewhere between orange juice and grapefruit juice.
Gavin and Hannah seemed to enjoy their introduction to sour brewing so hopefully we can look forward to Neepsend sours now! 200 litres of Medusa were transferred to a white wine barrel with grapes and will be launched at the Stout Wars event at the Shakespeare on the 4th of May. One keg will be bretted and left until the end of the year.
The next brew was an ultra-short brewlength Flemish Oude Bruin. The unblended Bruin is rarer still, six bottles to be sold by Hoptimism, the rest was blended with a sour blond. Three kegs and 30 bottles of the blend were made, one of the kegs has been bretted and will also appear at the end of the year.