The Durham Brewery and Shilling Brewery in Radenthein, Austria have made a collaboration American Pale Ale. This is the beginning of an exciting collaboration of Austrian and English breweries.
The Durham Brewery Beer Club Newsletter
Sir John Barleycorn's Closet (opened)
17th June 2014
Brewery Twinning Special Report
Sir John and Steve are spending some time in a brand new brewery in Radenthein, Carinthia. The proud owner of Shilling Brewery, Uli Bacher has been providing the customers in his restaurant with our beers for some years. Austria is not normally known for exciting beer but Uli is known locally as the beer king and he has a selection of beers to rival any outlet anywhere.
Durham and Shilling have produced their first collaboration with an American style pale ale. Admittedly, not ground-breaking in England but in Austria, American hops are unknown and difficult to obtain. The recipe and hops were provided by Steve, Uli made the beer on his new plant. And what a plant! State of the art German computer controlled technology takes most of the strain out of brewing and ensures top quality beer. Uli is able to brew twice in one day – on his own!
Sir John is going to tell us some of the differences in brewing and drinking.
Well Steve, the most noticeable brewing difference is the ability to alter the temperature of the mash. The traditional English method is to put malt and liquor together and leave for an hour or so for malt starch to turn to sugar. Continental brewing usually starts at a lower temperature and finishes at a higher temperature than an English mash.
Fermentation is usually made at a lower temperature than we do and takes longer. The beer is lagered. CAMRA has put drinkers off lager, but when well made, it is as good as any ale. Our collaboration beer is an ale, and fermented with a conventional ale yeast.
We are getting technical, Sir John, how is the drinking different?
This is interesting Steve, and illustrates our differences in culture. Generally, the English ale drinker likes beer to be clear and not too cold. Of course, there are exceptions, but let’s not get too intense about this. The Austrian drinker demands cold beer, but does not mind if it is hazy.
That’s true Sir John. Shilling beer is not filtered or fined. Looking around the restaurant we can see lots of hazy beer. This would be difficult to do in England. The collaboration brew was fined though. Finings are virtually unknown in Austria, but we have brought a bottle and successfully introduced the practice.
We wish Shilling Brewery every success and look forward to getting their bottles in our shop.
Shilling website: www.shilling.at
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Steve and Sir John