Blog March 18 2014
Caribbean Chocolate Cake
A beer that has caused much debate in the brewery over the last few weeks is our collaborative brew with Cigar City – Caribbean Chocolate Cake… mainly over the correct pronunciation of Caribbean between the English speakers and Ryan – who is American and therefore doesn’t speak English. We can’t write about this beer without first talking about Cigar City and their brew master, Wayne Wambles. Cigar City are an award winning brewery based in Tampa, Florida and have consistently been producing great beers since first opening their doors in 2008. They particularly specialise in the use of wood in their beers and we wanted to capture this in our brew. Cue Wayne a quiet, unassuming brewer who has similar home brewing beginnings to Ryan. Wayne worked with us on an indulgent recipe that would be like nothing we’ve done before - instead of putting the beer in wood, we’d be putting wood in the beer. Billed by Darron as “the most expensive beer in the world… ever” this Tropical Stout is packed with experimental hop varieties, specially imported Dominican Cacao nibs and about a forest worth of Cyprus wood. This beer is a true example of what can happen if you leave two hugely creative brewers with complete free reign - it’s the ultimate anti-recession blockbuster! With an impressive roster of favours such as orange, dark chocolate, coconut, tamarind, lemon, coffee and even vanilla wafers this beer is one of our most complex and interesting creations to date and we can’t wait for you to try it. Ryan’s even talking about a special Jerk spiced edition now… Somebody stop him!