Thanks to Mike Tempest & Iain Clarke of Wild Weather Ales for hosting a visit by West Berkshire CAMRA members on Saturday 29 November, 2014.
|Iain Clarke & Mike Tempest - photo from preparatory visit 18/11/14|
|Lower right - Chiller unit with two fonts dispensed beer from KeyKegs|
|New pumpclips feature designs by Caroline Downey|
|KeyKegs are packaged inside a cardboard outer.|
|An empty globe from a KeyKeg- gas pushes beer from the foil bag without coming into contact with it.|
|Mike Tempest (centre) + Polypin, Kilderkin and Firkin casks|
|2 litre glass growlers keep beer fresh for 4 weeks|
Sundowner, a 3.4% ABV refreshing golden ale 'with subtle floral and fruity notes' had plenty of flavour and was one of my favourites on this visit.
Another ingredient in beers from Wild Weather Ales is malt supplied by Warminster Maltings.
The planned final beer for our tasting visit was Blizzard, a winter seasonal Double IPA at 8% ABV. Served from KeyKeg, this was dangerously easy to drink with a tangy bite to balance the rich flavours.
By special request, Iain disconnected one KeyKeg and connected up the Cumulo Citrus KeyKeg so that growlers could be filled for two in this group. This was a bonus for everyone as there was now a chance to sample this 6% ABV wheat IPA hopped with Citra.
As Cumulo Citrus is over 5% ABV, the two litre growler cost £18 (£13.50 refills available). A growler of lower strength beer costs £15 (£11). Bottled beers are also available for £2.50 including Black Night.
Wild Weather Ales - www.wildweatherales.com