For Beer Collective member Andy, this Liverpool Beer Week colab encapsulates the ethos of what Handyman is about. The Liverpool Homebrew Club (LHBC) were invited to the Handyman to host one of their monthly meetings, this time with a special IPA competition. There were around 20 submissions with all the beers being blind tasted and judged by homebrew club members and local brewers from the likes of Mad Hatter. The winner of that competition would get the opportunity to brew their beer at Handyman. Fortunately (and unusually) for Andy, his recipe came out on top.
Andy met with Ken, Pete (LHBC members) and brewer Colin Stronge on yet another stifling Sunday morning. Colin (formerly of Buxton Brewery and now at Northern Monk and Handyman) has a sterling reputation for knowing how to make a good beer and Andy really couldn't wait to get started; a massive opportunity to nerd-out, ask questions and learn.
We started the day by running through the recipe which was kept was true to the original and simply scaled up. We planned to make a New England IPA with mega juicy tropical flavours of pineapple, mango and grapefruit. When the boil ended we cooled the beer to 80c and started a whirlpool adding generous amounts of Citra, El Dorado and Denali before finally transferring to the fermenter. The smell from hops was fantastic.
Many thanks to the Liverpool Homebrewers, Colin, Suzie, Andy and everyone else at Handyman for making this happen.
The Handyman Brewery and the Liverpool Homebrew Club give to you a big and juicy, hop-forward NEIPA; Handyman x Liverpool Homebrew Club NEIPA
[If you wish to place an order for this collaboration brew, please contact
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