What makes a great IPA? You've got to get the water right for starters, either by getting incredibly lucky with your local geology or by adding the required mineral balance. Then there's the barley - where's it grown? What's the soil like? Did we have a wet summer?
Add the roasting, the yeast, the fermentation temperature and a myriad of other variables, and suddenly it's all a bit complicated.
There are lots of things you shouldn't really do to a cask ale. Spending seven weeks on a boat, being rolled around on the sea and subjected to swings in temperature are just a few of them, we broke pretty much every rule in the book. But to our pleasant surprise and all-round relief, the beers coped admirably with everything we threw at them.
The three qualifying rounds, one each for our Indie, Punk and Alternative categories, were hotly contested, but in the end there were just four places available in the Grand Final at Bannermans. The three winners from the earlier round (The Darren Hendrie Band, Skeletons and We Came From The North) were joined by The Alibis as the judge's favourite wildcard entry.
The Great Edinburgh Beer Experiment sails on! Or not, as the case may be...
Submitted by Bannermans on April 23, 2013 - 11:41
Looking forward to tomrrow evening.. the final is here! Doors are at 8pm.. The finalists are - The Darren Hendrie Band, Skeletons, We Came From The North and The Alibi's.. It's going to be a top night of music, see you at the front!
Submitted by Bannermans on April 22, 2013 - 11:37
Do you know your IPAs? The blind tasting challenge has been going well, with quite a few winners.. if you want to take part just come along to Bannermans on Mondays at 7pm (throughout April) and if you can correctly guess which IPA is which out of three samples we will buy you a pint of your favourite... Simple!
Submitted by The Theatre Royal on April 17, 2013 - 22:48
We are all thouroughly looking forward to our quiz night this sunday.
£10 for a table of four, money goes to charity. Lots of prizes (including ipa!).
Come along and test your knowlage...
Our three casks of experimental IPA have now been on board the Scottish Fisheries Museum's lovingly restored Reaper (left) for just over a month. They've been gently rocked (and more violently pitched on a couple of occasions), subjected to swings in temperature (although the Scottish spring has been significally cooler than equatorial waters) and generally exposed to all the hazards of life