Hole In Time – ‘For the pub, by the pub’

Written by Josephus Ross

img_4501Hole In Time is a new beer brewed exclusively for The Hole In The Wall in Southsea and is simply put, a hoppy session pale ale. But for us it represents a ‘Hole’ lot more.

 

We first visited the Hole In The Wall 6 years ago (a mere blip by contrast to its most devoted of regulars) and even on that first visit were immediately won over by its charming decor and excellent beer selection which have made it one of the key venues in our drinking lives ever since. In fact it’s probably fair to say that there’s a good chance Staggeringly Good would not exist without this excellent watering hole. That’s because many of the influential meetings that were the inception of our brewery, took place around one of its wisdom steeped tables cradling a pint of something wonderful.

 

That being the case, when they asked if we could work with them to create a new house beer we jumped at the chance. We discussed everything they wanted in detail from style and strength to colour and character.

 

The end result is we believe, a glorious 4.3% session beer packed with a world of Hops from the US to New Zealand that pops with fruit character whilst remaining true to its classic bitter roots. A beer designed for the pub, by the pub.

 

This is a beer brewed for pub drinkers. It’s the beer that says ‘Get out of the house and be with friends’. The beer with which you spend time around tables putting the world to rights with old friends or complete strangers. The beer that wants you to be social, not online but face-to-face. The beer that celebrates the hours that pass like minutes. That joyous ‘hole in time’ that only exists in a truly great pub.

 

Hole In Time is launched on the 10th January 2017 @ 7pm at The Hole In The Wall, Southsea (FB Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/1187050338011033)

 

We really hope you enjoy it.

Let’s be clear about Isinglass

Written by Josephus Ross

WE WILL NO LONGER BE USING ISINGLASS IN OUR BEERS! Here’s why…

You may not be aware but there is a slimy translucent sludge being added to beer. It’s called isinglass but in literal terms it could be more accurately described as fish swim bladders, or maybe better still… Fish guts. Gross!

That’s right breweries are putting fish guts in your beer! It’s a by-product of the cod and sturgeon fishing industry and more often than not it is what makes your beer clear. Most beers clear naturally over time but pubs need it clear quicker so they can sell it as most of their punters are unaware of the facts.

As you may already know all of our bottled beers are completely vegan friendly but did you know that some beers, particularly out of cask contains this fish slime. We’ve been asked on many occasions by pubs to add this stuff to our beers to help them clear quicker… but no more! Enough is enough and now you all have a right to know the facts.

Now Without wanting to get too scientific about the process, the particles in these fish guts have a charge that attracts the suspended yeast and proteins that make beer cloudy which in turn makes them heavier and drop out of the beer. Hence you have clear beer. The problem is that a great deal of that suspended material contains a big chunk of the flavour and aroma of the beer.

Put it this way, If you were drinking a lovely tasty pint of ale and someone came over to you and said ‘hey, how about I dump some fish guts in your pint, yeah it won’t taste as good but it’ll be really clear’ I think most of us in our right minds would tell that person in no uncertain terms to go do a little dance out the door. But the reality is that this is exactly what is happening right now in your beer and it seems many people are unaware of it.

Unfined beer (Beer without fish guts) on the other hand is completely natural and just like many good ciders is cloudy (It will actually clear naturally if left in a cool place undisturbed for a few days). However there are HUGE benefits to unfined beers in that they keep much longer (hops suspended in the beer act as a preservative), they contain beneficial vitamins and proteins, they are vegan friendly and perhaps most importantly, they taste & smell way better.

This is why at Staggeringly Good Brewery we are making a big commitment to quality. We’re proud of the beer we make and it seems like a sin to add this horrendous material to our beer only to strip out some of the stuff that makes the beer good in the first place. So Staggeringly Good shall forever more be a 100% vegan friendly brewery producing unfined, naturally hazy and fuller flavoured beers that everyone can enjoy. Awesome right!?

Well here’s where you come in because the buck doesn’t stop with us and all the other quality breweries that have made a commitment to unfined ale (Moor Beer Co., Vibrant Forest and even the big boys like Guinness). No it’s up to you, noble DinoRiders to demand a better quality product!

Be informed & Help to inform others.

  1. Tell your pub landlord you ‘don’t want fish guts in your beer!’.
  2. Don’t listen to idiots telling you that a beer is off because it’s cloudy. From now on we will be putting  Vegan friendly, naturally hazy stickers on all our pump clips so you know that if your beer is cloudy it’s meant to be that way.
  3. If your beer smells like shit and tastes bad refuse it. 
  4. If your beer is served warm, refuse it.
  5. If that beer smells good and tastes good there’s a pretty solid chance that it is good.

So now you have the facts. Unfined beer is completely natural, quality beer with Staggeringly Good flavour. Now it’s up to all of you to spread the word and support our cause. Tweet this message and let your friends know to demand better quality beer with #NoMoreFishGuts!

Thanks for reading.

Double Barrel Feverpitch

Written by Josephus Ross

There are few things in our British culture that can inspire as much heart-felt outspoken passion as beer. In this country beer is almost it’s own religion and unfortunately like most religions it can be scrupulously over analysed to the point whereby instead of bringing people together, it starts to divide them. Also like religion when people start preaching at me that any one way of doing things is right or wrong, my hackles start to go up.

I’d say in the current climate nothing divides beer lovers more than what I believe to be two arbitrary definitions. They are of course Craft Beer and Real Ale. The now infamous Brewdog once said that these definitions should be as simple as ‘…beer brewed for taste versus beer brewed for volume…’ and that would be a fair definition if we were all being grown up about it.

However the very fact that there is a distinction made in the first place has led to misinformation and subjective opinion standing in the way of simple satisfaction. Surely it’s as rudimentary as ‘Am I enjoying this beer in my hand. (YES/ISH/NO – delete as appropriate). But such has become the aggressive, outspoken tide of opinion that you could be mistaken for thinking that there is a war raging between real ale and craft beer lovers – and you may well be right. It’s a sad trait in many of us that if we like something we’ll always find a way to justify it. But if we don’t, we’ll find ways to falsify it.

Now it seems many have ‘picked a side’ and going to the pub can often mean an earful from someone who’s become confused as to what beer should be about. But having listened to the bleatings of both sides for years I have come to a conclusion… It is nothing to do with beer at all. Strangely it seems there is an allegiance being formed to the storage and delivery vessels that beer comes in. Basically Keg ale vs Cask ale.  To summarise further Cold beer with high carbonation (Keg) vs Cool beer with lower carbonation (Cask). After all what we are drinking is fundamentally the same thing. It’s brewed in the same way with the same core ingredients. There are obviously differences as to how beers mature in each vessel but ultimately it’s the brewers job to understand those differences and to make a great beer regardless. Yes temperature and carbonation do have an effect on the taste and aroma of a beer and as such there are differences between cask and keg ale, but ultimately the consumer just needs to decide at the bar whether he/she likes the taste or not. There is no right or wrong about it.

However the thing I find most confusing of all is the aggression that surrounds this topic. It’s one thing to say that you personally prefer one or the other but it’s a whole other leap of bias to say one is universally better than the other. And also, how the hell can choice be a bad thing? We live in one of the most exciting and eclectic countries for beer on the planet so let’s all begin to celebrate that!

So it’s important for you all to know that if you like our beers on cask, keg, bottle, growler or cupped from the holy font of the VelociRapture himself, we will always do our best to accommodate you. We love beer and we know that all you DinoRiders love beer too in your own unique way. So as brewers it is our job to celebrate that uniqueness and make sure the dinosaur in your hand is the one you love.