#ISBF4 #EvilKegFilth 5-a-side Collab series No 5 : Neptune Brewery & Twisted Barrel Ale (Q&A)

It’s strange. How fate puts people together isn’t it? As far as I am aware, Les & Julie O’Grady and Carl Marshall didn’t know each other in October 2014. They met, that year, at our first bash at St Sebastian’s – sitting at adjacent tables in the “food area” – and got on really well.

Next year – almost like a planned “date”, same again. A friendship established. Brought together by beer. Good people gravitate.

It’s – to me – a bonus that they happen to have independently moved on to both brew exceptional beer. It’s almost a side issue to me. They’re good people, first and foremost. And I’m proud to know them all as friends.

Let’s say “friends with benefits”! Benefits that YOU get to try #ISBF4!

So, being – by quirk of fate – put together in the #ISBF4 #EvilKegFilth 5-a-side Collab series, it was time for a Q&A… Take it away guys! First up, Les at Neptune…

Introduce yourself and the brewery : –

“Neptune Brewery started in 2015 in Maghull, Liverpool on a 200 litre kit. A year on this was upgraded to a 6BBL & this year a further 2 F.V’s were added making four in total.” 

What/who inspired you to start brewing?

“I was inspired to start brewing when the ‘craft beer’ movement was gaining momentum. The beers that I was drinking and the scene in general was something I wanted to be part of. Being friendly with some of the more established brewers locally helped a lot.”

What is the ethos of (your brewery) ? 

” We aim to produce consistent beers that people will come back to time again. Our tagline is ‘Brewed to Enjoy’ which hopefully people do…”

What are the benefits of brewing collaboratively?

” Brewing collaboratively allows both breweries to bounce ideas off each other especially around beers that other brewery do so well.”

We are incredibly grateful that you agreed to take part in our #EvilKegFilth 5-a-side Collab Series. You’ve been to ISBF (and even sit together! 😁) How do you think ISBF compares to other festivals you’ve been to. 

” ISBF has a special atmosphere that other festivals lack, mainly due to the organisers passion for both the beer and the cause.”

Also getting beers that are specially made for the festival give it an edge over other festivals of similar size.”

What was your reaction when you found out you were paired with (your collab partner) ?

“Oh no, not them! :-)” 

What inspired the beer? 

“An opportunity for me to get out of my ‘comfort zone’ and creating something different.”

What did each brewer add to the recipe?
“Malt bill & hops from Neptune and Twisted Barrel’s ‘expertise’ on using spice and the style of beer.” 

Cask v Keg. Thoughts?
“Beer is beer, doesn’t matter what it’s dispensed from as long as it smells and tastes good.” (Bonus points for the correctly nailed answer!) 

What are we to expect from the collab beer?
“Something that Neptune haven’t brewed before which hopefully people will say ooh that’s interesting.“
 
You’ve collaborated with a number of breweries, is there anyone else
“Yes, but I’m not telling!”
Secrets eh? Cheers our Maghull Maestro!
And now, over to Carl….
Introduce yourself and the brewery : –

“Twisted barrel ale is a 6bbl brewery based in a creative arts village (Fargo village) in Coventry. A 5 minute walk from the town centre.
We have a taphouse on site which is open from Friday through to Sunday. With it being a completely vegan brewery it is open to everyone.
At the moment we have myself (Ritchie) as head brewer and Carl as brewer with multiple part time bar staff and directors.”
What/who inspired you to start brewing?

“It all started when we (Ritchie and Chris) started a podcast. It was called ‘All hail the ale’ we could talk about the beers but had no idea how they were made. So we thought ‘lets learn to brew’ that took us from hombrewing to where we are today.”

What is the ethos of (your brewery) ? 

“We at Twisted Barrel ale like to be inclusive to everyone from producing beer that everyone can drink to welcoming everyone into the taphouse with open arms. We are more folk than punk.” (LOVE it!) 

What are the benefits of brewing collaboratively?

“Learning new techniques. Everyone does things differently and what you can learn from another brewer/ brewery. Also its a great way to catch up with old friends.” 

We are incredibly grateful that you agreed to take part in our #EvilKegFilth 5-a-side Collab Series. You’ve been to ISBF (and even sit together! 😁) How do you think ISBF compares to other festivals you’ve been to. 

“From my experience (Carl) it has a lot more relaxed vibe. People seem to want to talk and sit with each other. I havent seen anyone not leave with a new best friend yet!” 

What was your reaction when you found out you were paired with (your collab partner)?

“Awesome. Mainly because we were due to brew with them after they visited us for a collab.”

What inspired the beer? 

“I think that was a combination of us both. Les not doing a saison before and us wanting to add spices to it.”

What did each brewer add to the recipe?

“Well Les brought the brewery and the ingredients and Carl brought the chopping and the mashing in.”

Cask v Keg. Thoughts?

“Both are awesome.”

What are we to expect from the collab beer?

“Interesting flavours. A LOT of interesting flavours!” 

You’ve collaborated with a number of breweries, is there anyone else you’d really like to brew with

“There are so many awesome brewers and breweries out there in the UK and the rest of the world. It would be rude to rule any out.” 

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