Collabfest 2019 Part 1

BrewDog’s Collabfest is back and it is bigger and better than ever:

  • 78 beers
  • 16 countries
  • 4 days
  • Hosted in all European BrewDog bars

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If you want the details on last years event, check out my #Collabfest2018 features;

Unfortunately this year I was not well prepared! The event actually totally slipped by my radar given the business of life with exams, working and sleep getting in the way! Therefore I actually missed the formal 4 day event. I was absolutely gutted – the bars are packed during the festival and it creates a great experience and gets people talking about beer (both positive and negative conversations) which is exactly what I love to see. Luckily, the festival might be over, but I managed to slip into the Glasgow West End location for a few drinks – looking to sample any remaining keg leftovers! When I got there, I peered through the window and saw that there was about a dozen beers listed under #Collabfest2019 – phew!

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I quickly ordered a flight – unlikely previous years I hadn’t studied the menu, so selected based on collaborating brewery and bar location, it was great to see so many familiar breweries working together for this event. Note all beers were draught serves – how good does the flight look!

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Mandatory “Blue Stack” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.23 (at time of writing)
  • Partnering Brewery: SixºNorth
  • Partnering BrewDog Bar: Aberdeen
  • ABV: 6.6%
  • Type of Beer: Saison
  • Beer Description: Blueberry Saison
  • Serving: 1/3 pint
  • Comments: A soft raspberry coloured beer,with a thin white foam head starts this flight. It has a funky aroma from it and instantly knew it was a going to be a saison from SixºNorth who are big brewers when producing this style of beer. The beer itself is a thin bodied beer with quite a tame flavour profile for this brewery. I get a hint of blueberry at the end, which has a tart, lactic lift and ultimately cleanses the palate.
    Maybe this was a deliberate attempt to appeal to the masses for this event? Saisons can be palate splitting. Typically, I’m not a saison fan, though this was actually enjoyable for me – probably because the funkiness was on the gentle side of the spectrum
  • Diagnosis: 3.0/5

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Mandatory “DunDeath” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.71 (at time of writing)
  • Partnering Brewery: Dead End Brew Machine
  • Partnering BrewDog Bar: Dundee
  • ABV: 6.6%
  • Type of Beer: Farmhouse ale
  • Beer Description: Raspberry and Passion fruit Nordic Farmhouse Ale
  • Serving: 1/3 pint
  • Comments: From a brewery that I know in person, having met them at Beer Makes Glasgow. I was really happy to see this brewery on the taplist – a great brewer that makes some phenomenal beer. This brew had the most incredible visual appearance, it was a bright vibrant berry colour with a moderate off white foam head. This was certainly the sexiest beer I have seen in a long, long time. It has a complex, sweet yet sour aroma – reminiscent of my youth in a sweet store. On sampling this beer is delightful, fresh with juciness from raspberries passionfruit and orange, with a slight fizz. There is a completing dry sour note which pleasantly contrasts with initial the sweetness. Juicy, rich and sour!
  • Diagnosis: 4.5/5

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For more on Dead End Brew Machine check out Meet the Makers and one of their fantastic beers; Death II

 

Mandatory “Top Banana” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 2.21 (at time of writing)
  • Partnering Brewery: Speyside
  • Partnering BrewDog Bar: Union Square
  • ABV: 4.4%
  • Type of Beer: Witbier
  • Beer Description: Belgian Witbier
  • Serving: 1/3 pint
  • Comments: Another familiar Scottish brewery! I continue to be impressed by the partnering breweries that have been brought together. This is what makes this festival truly amazing, great exposure to breweries from all over the country. This beer has a deep mahogany appearance, dark, but despite the rich colour it is almost transparent, with minimal head. On the nose, surprising little comes through, but after a gentle swirl a hint of chocolate is apparent as a few bubbles are agitated on top of the brew. On sampling, this is a thin bodied beer with no carbonation. Unfortunately I get a dominant bitterness (presumably coming from the chocolate) but all I can taste is the malts that are so deeply roasted, any other flavour profile was lost on my palate. I get an artificial indescribable taste on my palate that eventually cuts through the bitterness right at the end of sampling – I presume this is meant to be the banana? Not for me!
  • Diagnosis: 1.0/5

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For more on Speyside check out Tropical Forres

 

Mandatory “Dead Sunshine” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.77 (at time of writing)
  • Partnering Brewery: Pyynikin Brewing Company
  • Partnering BrewDog Bar: Tampere, Finland
  • ABV: 9.0%
  • Type of Beer: Stout
  • Beer Description: American Stout
  • Serving: 1/3 pint
  • Comments: Spoiler alert: Damn this is a big American style stout!
    This beer has a jet black appearance with a medium sized mocha foam head. On the nose, flavours of black forest gateaux with comes through via deep fruit and chocolate tones. On the palate , this beer features a lingering warming bitterness, with pops of sweet berry notes meaning that this beer doesn’t get overwhelmingly bitter. It has a gorgeous boozy warmth too, which coats the gullet. As the nights draw in with the clocks due to go backwards, who the hell wouldn’t want to drink this beer. It is perfect for this time of year we are quickly approaching.
  • Diagnosis: 4.5/5

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That’s all for part 1! For a flight – three strong picks considering it was a random selection and actually quite a deviation from the typical IPA style that I go for, with this featuring a stout, farmhouse, saison and witbier! Part 2 will be coming up soon!

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