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740: Big Hug Brewery | Red Rye

20220213_114649The brewery: ”Big Hug Brewing came together in 2014 and was founded by three friends – Matt, Dan and Chris. We use the word brewing rather than brewery because we don’t own one….Some people call it cuckoo brewing, some people call it gypsy brewing, some people call it contract brewing, some people call it nomad brewing. We prefer the term hobo brewers but whatever you want to call it… its what we do. So we are Hobo’s…..a homeless brewery who work with some of the best in the business. People that we now call friends who have helped us develop and allowed us to use their experience, knowledge, facilities and time, coupled with our own unique recipes to bring you some great beers that we hope you enjoy. “

The beer: “Our most complex beer that marries together different flavours and hues from 6 different malts, including Rye and Crystal Rye. Vibrant red in colour with a good body it combines well with the assertive US hops of Mosaic and Columbus. The end result gives flavours and aromas rich in mango, lemon citrus and earthy pine with the rye helping give a slightly dry, spicy finish. Pairs well with rich flavours, BBQ and smoked dishes and brewed as our seasonal winter range with our friends at Portobello Brewing.”

Nice drop this. Another great offering from Westow House during my stay in Crystal Palace for the February 2022 term. Accompanied a lovely if pricey (to me) Sunday roast. 5% A.B.V.