Craig McCormick, head brewer for Glen Affric, met Liverpool Beer Collective member, Neil Ashton, outside their rather imposing building overlooking the Birkhead Tunnel, ready to weigh out the grain bill for mashing in on the collboration day.
After plenty of stirring and a bit of sparging, the wort was ready. A super-hazy, almost gloopy sweet broth and the oats had really played their part in making the brew thicker in body!
The wort was then transferred to the kettle, where it was boiled for hop additions; naturally, during the boil, the honours of digging the spent grain out of the mash tun were shared, making them ready for collection and use by a local farmer as animal feed.
The brew included copious amounts of lemon and lactose with the oatmeal, with the aim of giving a summery, refreshing but slick-bodied experience of a citrus-shake pale ale, between 4 and 5% in strength.
A huge thank you to everybody at Glen Affric for helping this idea come to fruition and thanks to head brewer Craig for being an excellent host. Neil had a great time and learned lots of new things about the brewing process! Oh, and one final bit of excitement for you all - Glen Affric canned beers are coming soon!
Glen Affric Brewery and the LBC give to you: Morning, Lemon
[If you wish to place an order for this collaboration brew, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org - supplies are very limited].