Beer of the Week

Beer of the Week – Workers’ Playtime

wpid-img_20141230_173131.jpgThe beer: Workers’ Playtime. It’s an IPA brewed with a saison yeast.

Where did it come from?: Two places, actually. The wort kit (called ‘‘Session IPA’’) came from Nowra’s HopDog BeerWorks but the chucking of the yeast, the fermenting and the bottling was all done at my place.

What’s it like?: Well, it’s not really like an IPA or a saison. Instead it’s a bit like a rauchbier because there’s a smoky bacon flavour there,

Why do you like it?: Because it has a smoky bacon flavour of course. Not so much that it’s overwhelming, but enough to make things intriguing.

Okay, now you can tell the story you think is funny/interesting?: I think that bacon note is the result of a screw-up on my part. After doing a bit of research it seems that bacon or smoky flavours tend to be considered a fault in beer (unless you intentionally put them in there by using smoked malt of course). The Belle Saison yeast I used is supposed to be spicy and peppery, not bacony.
But phenols can taste bacony, which is what I reckon I’ve somehow introduced to the beer. Other phenol faults include the bandaid aroma – which I have some experience with. That bandaid totally ruins a batch of beer.
But this bacon phenol note? Well, this one just makes it tasty. Reckon I could just tell people it was a rauchbier and they’d be none the wiser.

Anything else?: Yeah, I chose the name Workers’ Playtime because it was meant to be some sort of saison, a beer made for farm workers. Took me a while too – I didn’t come up with it until about a week after it was bottled. By the way, Workers’ Playtime was a Billy Bragg album.

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