News from Boojum Brewery
It was a great relief to get our doors open for Beer and Buses and we had such great support from everyone who came. So massive thank you to the team that ensured we had a bar, beer, cellar, tables and chairs, fire alarm, new electrics, new loo, plus all our friends who volunteered to work over the weekend.
We had a good selection of beer and stouts and sold 2 kegs of Stouty McStoutface the very batch we helped brew! Feedback from customers has led to us having a shorter coil installed on our stout line as it was just a tad too cold.
On Halloween our brewkit arrived and we have been spending the past few weeks learning our way around it with lots of cleaning cycles and a few test brews along the way. I’ve had a go at a New England India Pale Ale – NEIPA – with lots of oats for creamy mouth feel and head retention, it’s conditioning at the moment and looking promising!
At the moment we are opening on Fridays and Saturdays and have a great crowd in on both days enjoying our guest beers and cider.
We are exploring the world of dark beers and stouts now we are in winter and on tap right now is Gingerbread Stout from Hardywood Craft Brewery in Virginia. It weighs in at an impressive 9.2% and our customers have been enjoying it in thirds or halves with a complimentary chocolate to bring out the flavours. We are really interested in pairing beer with different foods and are looking forward to when we can offer local cheese boards to accompany the beer.
In November we had a day as volunteers at Vibrant Forest – where we got some great tap room training and took part in a collaboration between Vibrant and Emperor’s Brewery (who only do dark beers), it was a fascinating day and a highlight was the whiskey and wort which warmed our cockles for sure! It’s definitely something we are going to serve now we have our brew kit.
We hosted our first community event with the Outdoor Swimming Club having a talk from a visiting professor, followed by a brisk backstroke in the bay. It’s important to remember this is a Cultural Regeneration project ( it’s not just about beer… honestly!) so we are happy to have the space used for different community purposes, just get in touch.
Julie Jones-Evans – Brewster