The Grim Reaper – Not a reference to Halloween – cheesy we know – but a reference to the barley harvest. We met the lovely Rebecca Hill of North West Farm yesterday morning and she confirmed what the Maltsters are saying. It’s a grim harvest this year; Yields are 20% down and the tricky nitrogen content is at a high not seen since the early 1970s, bad news for hazy beer.
2012 will most certainly sort out the wheat from the chaff as a myriad of breweries wrestle with limited malt supply and the technical abilities to avoid crazy hazy beer. Don’t worry – Sunny Republic is on it and the Pacific Pales will be as bright as a daisy.
On another topical note and just in time for the ghoulish festivities we met Arnold yesterday. Not a natter bat but one of Sunny Republic brewery’s residents nonetheless.