This weekend True Grist members and their families met in Cambridge on a perfect Saturday, to enjoy the weather and share food and beer. This was our first summer barbecue, an event which is sure to become annual tradition. Our special events coordinator, Matt F. and his wife Jackie hosted us in their lovely, hop-filled backyard (thanks guys). Amongst the highlights were a cask ale made just for the barbecue (the recipe is on our forum), spent grain bread (recipe also on the forum), smoked brisket and smoked sausages, salads, cookies, even more homebrew, and more.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the cask ale which went off without a hitch. Chris K. brewed the beer, Peter C. acquired the cask from Together We’re Bitter (where he is head brewer) and provided instruction for its use. Chris K. also made a nice cask stand. Thanks guys! The cask ale went down incredibly easy. It was a English bitter, with a medium body, brewed with English base malt and yeast. The lower carbonation and warmer temperature really allowed the fruitier English yeast to shine. The beer was a deep amber with light toffee from the caramel malt, a touch of roastiness from the roast malt, balanced with legacy hops. You had to be there..!
Thanks to everyone who attended for the food and drink contributions, and thank you again to our hosts! We hope everyone can join us again next year!