Collab with Jay Krause from Quantum - Dec 2016
Earlier this year whilst checking Twitter I was greeted with the sad news that another excellent Stockport brewery, Quantum Brewing Co., was ceasing production. Quantum was setup and owned by Jay Krause – an excellent brewer and local beer celebrity who is moving on to bigger and better things as a brewer at Cloudwater in Manchester.
The news not only came as a shock to me but was also quite emotional as we have history. Back in 2013 when Thirst Class Ale was still a twinkle in my eye, I entered a homebrew competition ran by the Beermoth in Manchester – I won and the prize was to brew the winning beer with Jay at Quantum – a great day and one that probably got me started on the path to opening a brewery myself. I’ve also enjoyed numerous other brewdays at Quantum and have regularly kept in touch with Jay.
When word got out Quantum were closing, the organisers of Manchester Beer & Cider Festival (MBCF) got in touch and asked if I’d like to do a collaboration with Jay to ensure there was some Quantum-influenced beer on sale at the festival in January. I was up for it, and so was Jay, so we set a date and it happened on Tuesday this week.
The beer we’ve brewed is a yet-to-be-named American Amber Ale which will weigh in at around 5.8%. We’ve thrown in plenty of crystal malts to provide an underlying sweetness that will be well balanced with the fruity citrus flavours from a very healthy dose of American ‘C’ hops. The beer will be dry-hopped next week to add additional hop aromas.
The beer will be available on cask at MBCF and we’ll also be casking, kegging and bottling plenty more of it too and these will be available to the trade in January. If any trade customers would like to pre-order please get in touch!
All in all we had a top day – Jay is always a pleasure to be around and we brewed what promises to be an awesome beer. See you all at the MBCF bar in January!