I have met some very nice people through beer, some very passionate people, driven people, people obsessed.
And a few rather tipsy people too.
But some of the nicest, and truth be told, most obsessed have been home brewers.
They strive for perfection, put their heart and soul into making the best beer that they can.
Andy (@tabamatu) is one of the best – here as proof are a couple of my previous reviews.
This is a lovely beer, perfectly weighted, it’s an absolute joy.
The malting is pecan pie rich, packed with toffee and biscuits, honey and roasted nuts, and the hops – Lots of C hops and a helping of Simcoe – are big and crunchy and zap you with their sherbet fizz, orange marmalade, lime leaves and red autumn leaves.
All of this is held together in a deliciously sticky woody resin.
But what makes this beer a thing of beauty, a beer that’s head and shoulders above many others is the balance.
From the peachy jelly sweet smell to the rounded mouth filling bitter sweet finish, you know you’ve got something really good in your glass.
Thanks for letting me try this Andy, it’s stunning.
*This beer won Silver at the London and South East Craft Brewing Competition