Arrivederci Andrea

By Chris Black

New Beer!

Name: Spaghetti Western

Style: Brown Ale

ABV: 5%

Hops: Target, Bramling Cross, Chinook, Stella, Nelson Sauvin, Simcoe

Malt: Pale Malt, Dark Crystal, Chocolate Malt

Available from: 18th Novemeber

Last week we honoured the departing of one of our brewing team by letting him loose on the mash tun. Andrea has been with Fyne Ales for the last three months and has been working as an assistant brewer. Sadly for us he is moving back to his sunny homeland of Italy at the end of the week.

Andrea has been working in the brewing industry for 4 years, at breweries such as Toccalmatto (Italy), Fanoe Bryghus (Denmark) and Straydog (Equador). Brewing as a Gypsie brewer, under the name Aleph, Andrea has done a number of different brews around the world. Before he left we felt it was only right to let him brew a beer on our kit.

Over a few beers and some guidance from our senior brewers Malcolm and Chris, Andréa developed a recipe for a brown ale with a seriously hoppy kick. Andrea was inspired by the aroma of our house yeast and our extensive stores of hop cones to make a classic British ale with a modern hop profile.

We started with a rich malt base of dark crystal and chocolate to give the beer its deep brown colour and a toasted malt flavour. To hop the beer we tried a technique which we had never used before, turning our mash tun into a hop back, to essentially make a hoppy tea. The experiment was mainly born out of Andrea not wanting to clean out the copper but also as an experiment in finding a new way of hopping our beers.

The results were pretty spectacular. As the hops were added to the hot wort the brewery was filled with the pungent aroma of hops as steam rose off of the mash tun. Plenty of Chinook, Nelson Sauvin, Stella and Simcoe hops filled the air with sweet smelling orange zest fragrance.  The beer will be dry hopped in fermenter to add to the flavour and build the hop character further.

Andrea’s beer is definitely shaping up to be a bit of a belter for the cold weather. The beer will be ready in bars from 18th November and will be available in a limited run of mini-casks from our online shop.

Arrivederci Andrea