Beer Wars – the Sheffield Varsity “Brewing” Challenge
At Thornbridge we are keen to encourage aspiring brewers to try and make new and exciting beers. With Brew Team 2013 we gave the opportunity to two teams, one from each of the Universities Real Ale Societies, to come up with some exciting new beer recipes. We assigned each team with one of our brewers to help them with their recipes and the brewing and then we let them turn their ideas into reality in our Hall Brewery.
Sheffield Hallam University were first up and after narrowing down their options they decided on a recipe for a 5% Spiced Red Ale named Karha (a name that means a mix of spices for a specific purpose), the beer was well hopped with English, Slovenian and American varieties and has Chai spices to accentuate the flavours. They brewed at our Hall site working closely with our brewer Ben Wood, who had helped them develop the recipe, to create the final beer
The University of Sheffield followed Hallam the next day with our brewer Matt Clark on their side as they brought their brewing team of their Real Ale Society. They named their beer Brearley as a tribute to Harry Brearley, the Sheffield born metallurgist who is credited with having invented Stainless Steel. The team created a 4% Amber Ale flavoured thoroughly using an array of New Zealand hops.
The beers will be launched in early March across all good pubs in Sheffield and will be available at the SIBA BeerX event at Ponds Forge from March 14th (see www.beerx.org). The Bath Hotel (66-68 Victoria Street, Sheffield S3 7QL) will have both beers available side by side from the 6th March so that both teams will be able to see their beer creations being enjoyed by drinkers and will have the opportunity to vote on their favourite