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NATIONAL BEER DAY

Love Beer, Love Fuggles Alex Grieg from Fuggles Beer Café tells us about one of his favourite subjects… Fuggles in five words: Beer, Meat, Gin, Cheese, Whisky

A day in the life of… Glenn Whatman, 29, is a brewer at the Old Dairy Brewery in Tenterden EARLY START My day starts by waking up to BBC Radio 6 Music nice and early. Living in Tenterden allows me to take a leisurely stroll to work, picking up a coffee on the way to enjoy when I get there. I get to work for 8.30am, sometimes earlier if I’m brewing. MORNING RITUALS The days when I’m not brewing my morning involves a lot of emails and paperwork, ordering stock, developing and updating brew sheets and recipes, and researching the latest beers and trends. BREWING BEGINS On a brew day the first thing I do when I get in is heat up the mash tun, ready for brewing. Then all my focus for the rest of the day is dedicated to this. Here at Old Dairy we brew a whole range of ales using a single infusion mash (mixing water and malted barley) to produce wort (hot sugary malty water). We then boil the sugary wort – this includes three to five hop additions in this 60-minute process. This sugary, hoppy wort is chilled to 20°C and the yeast is added. The beer is then left for a few days to ferment and once this is done it is chilled further to 6°C and allowed to condition. After a few days of conditioning in the tank it is then ready to rack into cask or bottle. QUALITY CONTROL There are so many factors that come into play when making beer. To help consistency there are certain times when you take readings and measurements – this enables you to keep on track and know that you’re getting it spot on. But when the readings are wrong and it doesn’t go your way, you have to

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improvise, which is never a bad thing. Also using quality ingredients helps. BEER IDEAS With so many different styles out there it’s easy to get inspiration, but not quite as easy staying sober while doing it! Also ingredients play a major part in developing different beers. New, exciting hops are popping up all the time so I like to play around on the 50L test kit and see what people think. TRIED AND TASTED I do get to do a lot of tasting as part of my job, but sometimes it’s not as nice as you’d think, especially when you’re hung over and having to sample the beer before it goes out in the morning! TOP TESTING My favourite part of the job is making and brewing my own recipes on the little test kit. Although not all of the test brews come out as I planned, it’s trial and error, and great fun. All the little sample brews I do get put in the shop for people to buy and tell us what they think. LAST ORDERS I try to finish around 5.30pm but my days vary in so many ways every day is unique. My evenings are spent socialising with friends and researching (drinking beer)! www.olddairybrewery.com

What are your top three beers and why are they so popular? We sell a huge variety, to be honest, and we tend to find the hoppier, paler beers sell really well as well as some of the rarer types we get in from Belgium, particularly the Trappist beers. What’s your personal favourite beer you serve and why? Such a difficult question as we’ve over 100 in and

we constantly change the range so I’m always trying new beers. The easiest way to answer would be to pick the first beer I loved from Belgium – Moinette Blond. More recently the Brew By Numbers Double IPA was stunning. What beers on tap do you serve? We’ve 20 beers on tap, six of them being cask ales – with Tonbridge Coppernob always being on alongside five rotating lines. Our 14 keg lines feature some great beers from Belgium, such as Brugse Zot, and a rotating range from the UK, Belgium and Holland encompassing styles from pale ales to stouts to sours! What bottled beers are available at Fuggles? A lot! We try to keep a balanced range in so there’s something for everyone whether you want the latest hoppy pale from Beavertown or something more traditional from Westerham. With over 100 in stock there’s plenty to choose from including some real rarities and one-offs alongside some brews we’ve been aging in our cellar.

28 Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 2AP, 01892 457739, www.fugglesbeercafe.co.uk

Times of Tunbridge Wells 8th June 2016  

Read the June 8th 2016 edition of the Times of Tunbridge Wells

Times of Tunbridge Wells 8th June 2016  

Read the June 8th 2016 edition of the Times of Tunbridge Wells