On the 7th of november was the Alvinne homebrew gathering. 12 homebrewers (myself included) served 20-something beers. This is the event I mentioned that I brewed the two versions of Hop-Nest IPA for. The event was a smashing success! The tasting room at Alvinne was quite full of thirsty homebrewers and non-brewing-beer-lovers. I didn’t know what to expect from the event so I was pleasantly surprised to see such a good crowd.
There were many good beers there, so my taste-buds were happy. Glenn also whipped up some great soup. Romanesco-Cauliflower soup with Melchior, mussels and a touch of pesto drizzled on top. You can find the recipe here. Back to the beer though. The highlights for me had to be Uli’s geuzes. If you don’t know who Uli is, he is one of the most passionate and creative beer lovers you’ll ever meet. He spends much of his time roaming the pajottenland buying up lambic from the different produces. The rest of the time he is back in Germany blending these lambics into wonderful geuze or aging them with different fruits, dry-hops, or other interesting ingredients. Perhaps my favorite of the day was a geuze dry-hopped with East Kent Goldings. Really spectacular! Uli said he also dry-hopped a geuze with Nelson Sauvin hops for a bar in Italy, but forgot to save any bottles for himself. I sure hope he does that again as NS is now my favorite hop.
Speaking of Nelson Sauvin, Hop-Nest was very well received. It was nice to hear people commenting positively about the beer, not knowing that it was mine. Its a great feeling when someone says “hey, you gotta try this beer” and you can say “thanks. I brewed that.” The Brettanomyces Clausenii version was not as well received as its more normal brother. On its own I think that it is quite nice, but when stacked up next to the regular version, it pales in comparison. Its hard to pin-point, but it seems to be missing something. It will be very interesting to see how it progresses though.
Thanks to all the homebrewers who participated in the event and all the enthousiastic beer drinkers who consumed our brews. Of course Glenn and Davy deserve a big thanks for putting this event on and putting homebrewing in the spotlight, something that doesn’t happen too often here.
If you are interested in knowing more about some of the beers that were served and seeing many more photos (including one of me with way too much hair and apparently no chin) check out William Roelens blog (in dutch only)