In the last eighteen months or so, a number of new venues have joined the likes of Galbraith’s Ale House and Hallertau Brewbar in making their own beer right on the premises.
Last Friday, Colin the Handsome yet Softly Spoken Scottish Proprietor tapped a keg of Element 5 Pale Ale making Malthouse the first
Somehow brilliantly anticipating that this day would come, I previously visited The Brewery Britomart on
After contacting The Brewery Britomart owners and profusely apologising in the traditional manner (through Twitter), they were kind enough to mail the card back to me and didn’t even max it out buying weapons grade plutonium from
In addition to a few revitalising ales, he ordered pizza. To the surprise of exactly no one, I had the sliders. His pizza was a Quattro Cheese – basically four cheeses and some sauce on a pizza crust. Only, his pizza was unlike any I have seen before or since. Each type of cheese occupied exactly one quarter of the pizza. There was absolutely no mixing: it was like a dance in 1971
The end result was that each pizza quarter was of wildly varying quality. Although the owners subsequently assured me that this pizza construction was not standard practice, it did provide considerable entertainment to the rest of the table. I’m sure it is not related but that particular pizza appears to have disappeared off their expanded menu.
However, Mr Heine, the recipient of the fromage experiment, had the last laugh. After creditably polishing off the pizza and a couple of pints, he headed off home having neglected to pay his share of the very modest tab. Upon noticing this oversight, I rang him. He implausibly claimed to be in a speeding bus in the outer suburbs when I knew he was likely to be stuck in traffic about 300 metres away. After all, he had only been gone for twenty minutes. 
Nevertheless, he promised to shout me lunch when I next visited him if I covered his bill this time. That seemed most reasonable so I happily paid. Then, in a masterstroke, Mike Heine moved to
It is an open secret that I can’t go to
During my various visits, I had a chance to look at The Brewery Britomart operations. The brew kit is small but very cleverly set out. They calculate they can have up to 15,000 litres of as many as 12 different beers on site at any given time. There is a standard range joined by a series of special and seasonal brews. The five coming on tap at Malthouse are:
Monk’s Hip Hop Belgian IPA 7.0% – This ‘fusion’ beer highlights hops and yeast. It was the People’s Choice at SOBA’s City of
Double Dutch Belgian Dubbel 7.1% – Rich, raisin, plum and Belgian dark funk.
Customs 69 IPA 6.5% – Big, bold, hoppy and unsurprisingly my favourite of the foundation range. 
Element 5 NZ Pale Ale 5.0% – Hoppy, aromatic, smooth.
Anchors Aweigh Californian Common Lager 4.6% – Clean, cold conditioned, crisp.
There is plenty of action in the Malthouse fridges too with a new shipment from the North. These include the famous Harviestoun Ola Dubh dark ales which have been aged in whisky barrels. Versions which have been aged in
Joining them are two offerings from our off-beat friends at BrewDog – Anarchist/Alchemist (a 14% “triple hopped triple IPA”) and Paradox Isle of Arran (an Imperial Stout with whisky notes). Finally, from
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