Last Thursday evening, 25th May, we launched our new approach to what originally was known as Beer School. Previously, these were more an in-house gathering focusing primarily on Monk beers; going forward what we would like to do is get more playful, adventurous and “global” by turning these gatherings into informative, interactive and fun beer exploration sessions. Ideally, these sessions will reflect upon something we might be doing in our own little brewhouse (and we would love you to always come and check us out) BUT will also reach out into the wider world of craft beer to compare, contrast, illuminate and showcase various approaches to beer styles and brewing processes.
We kicked off our first session with a ‘snapshot’ look at the intriguing diversity of American IPA styles that now adorn craft beer shelves. Obviously we had the Monk ‘Extra’ IPA in the mix along with our current Rye IPA (dry hopped with the just released US ‘Fortnight’ hop), but teamed alongside some quirky beers like BrewDogs ‘Grapefruit’ IPA and Modus Operandi’s Sonic Prayer IPA, a brand new Red IPA from Mismatch Brewing Co (a nicely balanced and tasty beer) and a new release from a recently departed Monk ‘young old-timer’ Otherside Brewing Co’s ‘Orange is the New England’ Black IPA (which kinda sounds like an old Billy Bragg song).
All in all, it was an engaging and entertaining way to spend a couple of hours – all of us gained and learned something from the experience and had a few laughs on the way. So now we are looking forward to the next session at the end of June which will be another ‘snapshot’ exploration into the Belgian brewing tradition. The Monk will humbly throw forward respectively a Belgian Strong Golden and Strong Dark Ale into a mix of similar Belgian inspired beers…………interested? Join us!