Bat Oat of Hell by Weird Beard Brew Co
DDH Oat Pale, 4%
Pouring a deep orange with a slight haze, as you would expect from the oats and wheat. The aroma is citrus and tropical fruits, which follows onto the palate and coats the mouth with each and every sip.
The live tasting of this beer was on 22nd October 2020 #BeerBods
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Weird Beard Brew Co might not sit in London’s craft beer heartlands, but they are as much a part of the city’s scene as any South or East London brewer. Hailing from Hanwell, West London, Weird Beard have been creating flavour forward interpretations of their favourite beer styles since 2013.
Weird Beard is the archetypal British modern brewing story. After picking up a number of awards, garnering high praise from many a beer geek for their home brewing efforts, Gregg Irwin and Bryan Spooner, the hairy-faced brewing geniuses that met at a Brewdog event at the Euston Tap, decided to turn their hobby into their livelihood and started brewing commercially in Spring of 2013.
With a name like “Weird Beard” we’re pleased to report that both Gregg and Bryan have ample facial hair. Whilst Gregg’s is slightly more groomed, it is Bryan’s less conventional hairy appendage from which the brewery takes its name. After being called “weird beard” for many years, the originally intended insult (this was before hipsters or Movember made any type of facial hair cool) worked perfectly when they were searching for a name.
Still only a team of 4 people, this hasn’t slowed Weird Beard down, they seem to produce more beers and beer styles than many of their much larger counterparts. The quality of these beers and their particularly standout branding has meant that they’ve always been a popular choice for beer aficionado across the country.
For tonight’s beer, we have Bat Oat of Hell, a double dry-hopped oat pale ale. Weird Beard introduce it for us.
“This is a beer for all occasions. Just on the upper end of a session beer, at 4% but with a full-on flavour and body. Pouring a deep orange with a slight haze, as you would expect from the oats and wheat. The aroma is citrus and tropical fruits, which follows onto the palate and coats the mouth with each and every sip.”
Weird Beard have been quietly going about their business for 7 years now and the beers they churn out continue to be the highest quality. Multiple awards and a supremely loyal following locally has meant that they are slowly but surely putting their little corner of London back on the beery map.