Bottling Vitesse Noiraletalk
Is it really two years since I was last at Hardknott Brewery when we brewed the first batch of Vitesse Noir? Unfortunately, scheduling issues prevented me from making the trip up when this (third) batch was brewed but luckily Dave and I synchronised our diaries well enough for me to get there last Wednesday when the bottling run was planned, so i think the ‘brewed in collaboration with aletalk’ still holds good.
Things have really changed since my last visit… Expansion into the unit next door, many more fermenters, more staff and a sparkly new bottling machine all the way from Italy. Maybe bottling the latest batch of Vitesse Noir wasn’t going to be such a hardship…
All we had to do was move the beer from this tank into these bottles, using this machine
Of course most but not all has been bottled, there are one or two kegs too – if you know where to look. There was a keg at The Leeds International Beer Festival (which tasted fantastic) and tomorrow (9th October 2013) I understand there will be a keg at The Rake in Borough Market (London SE1 9AG) where Dave from Hardknott Brewery and beer writer Adrian Tierney-Jones will be hosting a brewer versus writer event to launch both Vitesse Noir and the latest edition of Adrian’s book 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die. More details of which can be found on Dave’s blog.
I do have one more photo from my day at the brewery to share…. but I’m awaiting the word from Dave before i can publish… Oh & if you see me at The Rake tomorrow, say hello.