We’ve been overwhelmed by the response to Bob’s Virtual Brewery and there have been some really great and unusual suggestions for the type of beer that you are going to produce. We’ve had people wanting Imperial Stout at one end of the colour spectrum to American style Triple Hopped IPAs at the other.
There’s still time to tell your friends about our little project, but they’d better be quick to join as we need to start the voting process in a couple of weeks’ time. I’ve outlined the timescales that we need to be working to and as promised, everyone who has bought a share in Bob’s Virtual Brewery will be given voting rights at every stage.
At every stage of the process, we will e mail out a survey to the virtual brewers with all the relevant options listed. The first decision is the most crucial – the style of the beer you are creating. This will be made over May Bank Holiday Weekend and the poll sent out on Friday 3rd May. I’ve used the CAMRA ‘Good Bottled Beer Guide’ as my reference and listed below every category that has been suggested already. So with examples from our website where relevant, here are the runners and riders;
Best Bitter – Wincle, Sir Philip
Bitter – Stonehouse, Station Bitter
Golden Ale – Lymestone, Foundation Stone
Fruit Beer – Coach House, Blueberry Bitter
Lager – Windsor & Eton, Republika
Stout – Titanic, Stout
Old Ale – Hobson’s, Old Henry
Honey – Conway, Honey Fayre
Dark Mild – Coach House, Gunpowder Mild
Wheat Beer – Stonehouse, Wheeltappers
Lambic/Geuze – A Belgian style wheat beer fermented by wild yeasts
Smoked Porter – A rich dark beer with subtle smokiness from peat smoked malt
We are working to quite a tight timescale and the plan is to have the beer bottled and ready to drink at our launch party at the start of July, a month after the brewing process starts. Once we’ve agreed the style of beer, we can then fine tune the recipe for Strength, Colour, Flavour and finally the Name and Label Design. We’ll keep you in the loop as much as we possibly can via all the usual methods and we will offer 4 people the opportunity to come to the Lymestone Brewery in Staffordshire and launch the brew.