Does unfiltered beer give you hangovers? Always keen to test a theorem and highly optimistic for the null hypothesis Fuggles merrily quaffed away tonight courtesy of Charlie Mcveigh of Draft House, Jasper and the team from Camden Town Brewery and Justin Carter (who kindly got me in the door at the last minute).
I'm a huge fan of what Camden Town are doing. An artisan twist on traditional beer styles - contemporary, with being try-too-hard. I'm mostly in love with everything I tried tonight. Being in much polite company I can't supply you with photos, so please open your imagination instead and enjoy the below. Or better still, seek them out for yourself in the soon to be opened brewery tap at Camden.
We opened with the Gentleman's Wit - a lemon and bergamot wheat beer where the lemons are roasted to release the oils. This pale almond cloudy liquid was fresh, zesty and immensely drinkable. Definitely the session beer of the night. The Hells had been matured for 6 weeks in tank at Camden town, and 6 hours later, pretty much decanted into our glasses. A proper kellarbier with spicy floral notes that remind me so much of heather honey.
Then onto the bottled wheat beer, a heffe weisser, brewed using traditional german yeast and very few hops. There is an interesting story behind the yeast, which Jasper tells far better than I would ever attempt to, but the character of the yeast is the embodiment of the beer. A variety of malted barleys balance the wheat to create a darker, sweeter and very quaffable variant of wheat beer.
And finally onto the hoptastic finale. I'm not sure we were ever told how many IBUs were in this beer, but alot. However, this chestnut coloured IPA had a richness that complemented and toned down the strident bitterness of the (9?) hops and resulted in a full and satisfying IPA.
Mention also should go to the chef, for the quite awesome foot long pork scratchings and even better pork belly. Fuggles is all at once quite satiated with good beer, food and company and will be visitng draft house again very soon.