Beer Haiku Friday and More British Brewing Adventures

Beer Haiku Friday gets topical today with a short poem called “Recession Toast“:

Here’s to still having
A job to complain about.
Here’s to those that don’t.

Keith Galbraith has also advised that Galbraith’s Ale House has been invited to England to brew beer for Wetherspoons. He says “we will be brewing 3 x 15,000 litres of Mr. G’s Luncheon Ale (3.7%) at Everard’s Brewery in September for Wetherspoons October beer festival. Mr. G’s will be available at their 723 pubs throughout England. Wetherspoons have particularly requested it.”

Congratulations to Keith and his brew team.

Glass Tips: Beer Haiku Daily and Keith Galbraith

Beer Haiku Friday and Galbraith’s SPA

Today’s beer haiku is simply titled “ahhh“:

Anticipation.
The aroma of hops as
my beer fills my glass.

And now a beer review which Blogger, in its infinite wisdom, has failed to publish the last two times:

Keith Galbraith, owner and head brewer at the iconic Galbraith’s Ale House in Auckland, is not a man who is easily puzzled in life. However, during a recent trip to Britain he sampled a selection of beers from a range of micro-breweries which all seemed to have a particular quality he thoroughly enjoyed. At first glance, there did not seem to be any linkages between the breweries or the beer styles and this puzzled him. After some persistent research, Keith found the connection – all the beers used one particular malt. This high-quality malt grew on the chalky soil of the Salisbury Plains and was traditionally floor-malted nearby. Something about the soil seemed to make the resulting malt ideal for brewing.

Miraculously, Keith managed to obtain some of this malt and has used it o create his latest seasonal beer, Salisbury Plains Ale (5.5%). SPA is broadly in the old-school pale ale style and I had the chance to sample it at Galbraith’s last week. I don’t wax lyrical about a beer’s colour very often but the appearance of the SPA is exceptional. It is lustrous and seems to glow from within. There is a huge, luscious, deep, rounded malt sweetness in the glass. Just as you begin to worry it might be all mouth and no trousers your palate is suddenly aware of an exceptionally late real hop bitterness.

SPA was outstanding. I would recommend trying it with the new Scotch Quail Eggs which are probably my new favourite bar snack in the world. The introduction of the Scotch Eggs is timely as my usual snack, the Pork Pie, is sadly having to be removed from the menu. Good Bye Pork Pie.

Glass Tips – The great Beer Haiku Daily and the legendary Keith Galbraith

Beer Network News – Galbraith’s SPA

Keith Galbraith, owner and head brewer at the iconic Galbraith’s Ale House in Auckland, is not a man who is easily puzzled in life. However, during a recent trip to Britain he sampled a selection of beers from a range of micro-breweries which all seemed to have a particular quality he thoroughly enjoyed. At first glance, there did not seem to be any linkages between the breweries or the beer styles and this puzzled him. After some persistent research, Keith found the connection – all the beers used one particular malt. This high-quality malt grew on the chalky soil of the Salisbury Plains and was traditionally floor-malted nearby. Something about the soil seemed to make the resulting malt ideal for brewing.

Miraculously, Keith managed to obtain some of this malt and has used it o create his latest seasonal beer, Salisbury Plains Ale (5.5%). SPA is broadly in the old-school pale ale style and I had the chance to sample it at Galbraith’s last week. I don’t wax lyrical about a beer’s colour very often but the appearance of the SPA is exceptional. It is lustrous and seems to glow from within. There is a huge, luscious, deep, rounded malt sweetness in the glass. Just as you begin to worry it might be all mouth and no trousers your palate is suddenly aware of an exceptionally late real hop bitterness.

SPA was outstanding. I would recommend trying it with the new Scotch Quail Eggs which are probably my new favourite bar snack in the world. The introduction of the Scotch Eggs is timely as my usual snack, the Pork Pie, is sadly having to be removed from the menu. Good Bye Pork Pie.

Brewery Worker/Bar Person – Galbraith’s Alehouse


Galbraith’s Alehouse requires a fit and motivated person to assist in the day to day running of our small brewery and to help out on the bar in our busy pub. Initially 2-3 days will be spent in the brewery with the rest of the week being spent on the bar. Bar work will require some nights to be worked.

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