The Oxford Brewers got together once again at the Marston Scout Hut in central Oxford for their annual Taste and Swap meeting.
This year’s meeting was a little low on numbers for one reason or another, but even with a lower than usual turn out we still had an excellent day.
Rob Neale, The Malt Miller, brought along a vast selection of malts and hops. The hops were made into hop teas so that their aroma, and those feeling a little adventurous taste, could be assessed. It prompted some interesting conversations.
The group also got an opportunity to uncap the group’s collaborative brew, a black India ale, which seemed to fulfill our hopes and aspirations for it. It turned out to be quite hefty in body, a good mix of malt and hop flavour with a pronounced hop nose, not overly hoppy, which was surprising for the amount of hops that went into it.
The group then moved onto tasting a number of the beers the group members had brought along. There was a mix of beers