I have joined the ranks of Ron Pattinson, Martyn Cornell and Velký Al, among other beer writers/bloggers. I have made a beer happen!
It all started last February when Gazza Prescott, from Steel City Brewing Co. was here on a visity. We met at Zlý Časy and where talking about the impact the crisis had on the financing of independent theatre, or something like that, can't remember that well, when somehow the talk drifted towards beer. Among many of the things we discussed was The Grim North, the result of Steel City's collaboration with the Catalonian micro Marina, which was quite well received when it came out.
I asked Gazza if he would like to do something like that here. It took him a few milliseconds to answer yes. And then I asked Hanz, ZČ's owner, if he would like to take part, too. He answered even quicker. We got to talk about what sort of beer could be made. At first, I thought about one of those crazy Scottish IPA's from the 19th century Ron was talking about in his blog, but Gazza said he'd like to do something more Czech, and he was right. We picked Baltic Porter, there aren't that many strong dark lagers around even though there is quite a tradition with them.
Kirsten England, of Let's Brew Wednesdays fame, was kind enough to send me a Baltic Porter recipe that Gazza tweaked a bit, before it was sent to Pivovar Kocour, where we went to brew it last weekend.
And since we are sitting and drinking, I should tell you a bit more about the pub at Kocour. It's really worth visiting. It has one of the most beautiful bars in the country. Outside there are farm animals running about. Once they realise their plans to add some accommodation within the facilities, it'll be a great weekend destination for the whole family.
We were back at Kocour before 9. Had one of the best breakfasts I've ever had, the home made paté and a pint of SUB-Nahradník in the gentle morning sun. When we said our goodbyes there was a special bond among us, one that was somehow deeper and stronger than before, and you could see in everyone's eyes the look of "Fuck! We must do this again some day!".
*SUB-Nahradník, a temporary replacement for Sumeček, which had to be put in the bench due to the lack of Amarillo. Not as good as the Catfish, but like a good reserve at Basketball, it can hold the game while the stater gets its rest.
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