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More about blending

February 16, 2012

I Hardcore YouHardcore IPAI wrote earlier about blending beers. I think it is a good way to learn more about beers and to create new flavours. It does not have to be beers of different styles. Brewdog and Mikkeler recently released the beer  ” I Hardcore You ” which is a dry hopped blend between ” Hardcore IPA (ABV 9,2 %)” from Brewdog and ” I beat yoU (9,75 %) ” from Mikkeler. Both beers are Double IPA’s and also brewed at Brewdog in Scotland. Cooperation between brewers has become a trend (at least in Europe) so called collaboration beers.

It would be nice to see  cooperations between some SA craft breweries as well.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Christoff Marais permalink
    February 16, 2012 6:02 pm

    So how would you go about blending? Selecting beers or flavours that should work together?

    • February 16, 2012 9:19 pm

      First have an idea what you want to achieve, let say bring some spice into a beer and then just try. Two different IPAs could join together very nice but also a weissbier and a smoke beer. Sometimes even a porter and lambic could join together nicely.
      An idea:
      Blend Hammerhead IPA (Triggerfish) and King’s Blockhouse IPA (Devil’s Peak ) and see if you get some new flavours compared with the original. Keep track on the mix (do not just pour in the glass) 10-90%, 20-80% and so on
      Blend Christmas Edition Slow (Darling) and Van Hunks Pumpkin Ale (Boston) to get a well balanced Christmas beer.
      Blend a stout and a lager to get a black and tan

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