This week of Drinking Other People’s Homebrew has been a bit of a sausage fest to be honest. So it was good to try a beer brewed by a lady, Sean Colohan’s better half, Carla Naltchayan. It was a Golden Ale brewed with Seaweed and Sorachi Ace hops. The seaweed was delicate and soft and the Sorachi Ace gave it some lemon sherbert. Lovely Summer Ale. Ridiculously drinkable.
The first one from Sean himself was a Pale Ale with Citra hops and grapefruit rind. It’s as dry and refreshing as that sounds. They are both very well made beers and at 4.8% and 4.9% fairly sessionable but, apologies Sean, Carla’s edges it!
Later on in the evening I had the well hopped Rum and Raisin Cascadian Dark Ale. Sean had given me a taste of this before at Skelly’s Beer Festival in Ballymahon but it was nice to be able to take my time with it. Some of the brewers at that event had opined that they would dial the hops back a bit but I’m sticking by my first impression. It’s a killer Ale.
The last of Sean’s beers is a wheat brewed in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot, which didn’t sit well with him as he likes to brew ’em a bit quirky and hoppy. It’s true to style, clean and easy to drink. I could nearly have put away a bigger glass of it. Keep an eye on this lad Roger Rotheroe, he’s going to give you a run for your money in next year’s competitions! I really enjoyed doing this, it’s fantastic to see the talented brewers coming up with new and exciting recipes, it will be interesting to see which of them is first to launch a commercial beer. Sláinte!