Extra Special by Good Chemistry Brewing
Extra Special Bitter, 5.6%
This is a rich, and sweet malt bomb of a beer and homage to a timeless beer style. Bramling Cross hops bring the balancing bitterness with flavours of hedgerow fruits.
The live tasting of this beer was on 30th April 2020 #BeerBods
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Good Chemistry Brewing was founded in Bristol back in 2015 by beer enthusiasts and couple Bob and Kelly. The brewery has grown to become a firm favourite amongst the drinkers of Bristol with its mix of modern and traditional style beers.
“We’re interested in creating good chemistry in its broadest sense – not just in the quality of the beer we brew, but using that to allow us to celebrate community and relationships across science, the arts, music, food, and social experiences, as well as beer & brewing. We might be biased, but we think Bristol is one of the best cities in the UK, and we’ll shout about that as much as we can.”
Bob heads up brewing and is a bit of a beer geek. Back before having a brewery of his own he spent years doing temp jobs just to fund his brewing experiments. He eventually took the plunge and started brewing professionally first for Great Western Brewing, then Wiper & True. Nowadays, you’ll find Bob hidden in his lab doing science and of course brewing Good Chemistry’s newest beers.
Kelly looks after the business side of things. It comes from her entrepreneurial parents and has led her to create multiple dynamic and innovative ventures such as Good Chemistry and The Festival Elderflower Company (perfect for when you’ve had too much beer).
The team, now 6 strong, have developed a die-hard following in Bristol over the past 5 years. In 2017 they opened their own taproom at the brewery and at Christmas 2018 they opened their first pub, The Good Measure, in Redland. This is where you’re able to try all of the brewery’s newest brews and definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in the area.
Tonight’s beer, Extra Special is a rich and sweet malt bomb of a beer. True to a classic Extra Special Bitter using Bramling Cross hops to bring a balancing bitterness to the hefty malt backbone. The pour is dark amber with a full rich mouthfeel, flavours of hedgerow fruits from the hops help to lighten things up. Extra Special indeed!