Spiced Dubbel, Twisted Barrel
A Spiced Belgian Dubbel in collaboration with BeerBods
Twisted Barrel Ale launched onto the Coventry beer scene back in March 2014 as the UK’s first ‘pico brewery’.
The inspiration behind Twisted Barrel Ale, arguably the pioneers of the Coventry beer scene, came from New Zealand sometime before 2014. We’ll let head brewer Ritchie Bosworth explain.
“It all started for me whilst I was living in New Zealand where they didn’t really have much of the mass-produced lager I was used to drinking. So I started getting into ales. When I came home I realised all my friends had got into craft beer as well.”
His beer curiosity continued via a podcast called All Hail The Ale. The levels of beer geekery moved up another level when Ritchie and (fellow co-founder) Chris Cooper got home-brew kits for Christmas from their respective partners.
Not content with following other people’s recipes they began brewing their own creations for friend’s weddings and stag dos. This led them to question how hard it would be to register as a commercial brewery. According to Ritchie, it’s actually rather straightforward. Twisted Barrel was born.
In January 2015 the decision was made to take the brewery to another (larger) level and Ritchie swapped life in accountancy for that of a brewer.
Six months later Twisted Barrel opened the doors of their gleaming new 1,000-litre brewery and tap house, nestled amongst a host of other indie businesses, artists, coffee and bookshops. Their tap house is proving a popular local attraction with regular themed events, movie nights, home-brew club, open mic sessions and the opportunity to taste their great beers.
FarGo Village, Home to the Twisted Barrel taproom.
Today the team continues to go from strength to strength. Multiple award-winning beers and a list of collaborations growing larger by the day, including, most notably (until now) an international collaboration with Gorilla Brewing Co from Busan, South Korea.
This week’s beer is another collaboration brew, bought to you by the lovely folks at Twisted Barrel and... yours truly. Yep, this week’s beer, “Darkest Night” is a spiced Belgian Dubbel, brewed exclusively for, and in collaboration with BeerBods.
A few months back we got in touch with Ritchie and co, to see if they would be interested in featuring as our Christmas beer of the week, with the idea of having a beer brewed just for us.
The brew team
The team over at Twisted Barrel did their thing, and produced “Darkest Night”. A spiced Belgian Dubbel that screams Christmas. Ritchie explains the story behind the beer and what to look for whilst drinking it.
“Darkest Night is an ode to two of our favourite things, Belgian beer and festive holiday flavours. We use a blend of Belgian yeast strains to achieve that complex blend of banana, spice and funk on the nose. We accentuate this with the tartness of hibiscus flowers, then balance it against sweet Belgian speciality malts and orange peel.”
“Darkest Night lends itself perfectly to putting your feet up in front of the fire and seeing out the festive period in style”
With ambitions to continue collaborating both locally and on an international level, Twisted Barrel’s fan base is likely to continue to grow. One thing is certain, we’ll always be top of that list.
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