This month saw the return of Tap Takeovers at Bison Beer in their bottle shop found in Brighton Laines, East Street. Bison Beer opened up almost a year ago this month and this is not the first tap takeover they have held but maybe this time they have one of the best Brewers, some would say in the world!
The Kernel comes right out of the big smoke in London. Evin has his brewery based in Bermondsey and it’s always about the beer with The Kernel. Evin used to be in the business of cheese and about 6 years ago turned his hand to brewing and now The Kernel is a very well know, popular and one of the great breweries of England.
Things kicked off at 8pm on Thursday night, I know a school night, but come on it’s the Kernel, gotta get carried away! The guys from one of Brightons top restruants 64 Degrees brought the food with four parings for the beers Evin was dishing out on tap and in bottles. The parings were all cheese based, I wonder if Evins love for cheese influenced this!
First up we were greeted with the Table Beer straight from the tap. It was the 3.2% version – the AVB changes for this beer with different batches but always remains low. I have had this one before but still think it’s one of the great low AVB session beers out there. This was paired with califlower roasted with lime and a cheese dip, the citrus came through a treat!
Their Amber once again from the tap like with most of The Kernels beers hops and AVB changes for batches as we found out they have 6 brewers and each one tends to get to brew every other week which is an interesting concept considering their beers seem to be consistently good. The Amber was brewed with Citra for this edition.
As the night moved on we ventured into the bottles, their Saison aged in Burgandy Barrels which for me was fantastic. I’m not always a big fan of Saisons as I always find them a little hit and miss but this one hit the right notes, good level of sourness, wine notes and refreshing. The second of the bottles was the Export India Porter which poured jet black with a tan head which hung around. Pretty fresh with a luxurious creamy feel to it and bitter finish, another beer with a chanable AVB. Sam from 64 degrees brought round another paring which this time was generous slice of cake with mascarpone which turned out to be my favourite if the parings of the night.
Evin spoke through out the night about various aspects of his business, beer, brewery and how he made the switch from cheese to brewing beer. Evin did not want to entertain questions that would influence other options or choose favourites, Evin likes people to make up their own minds and stated that he does not have favourites in any aspect. This caused anyone asking questions to have to think about the way they asked to get a response or an answer that they were looking for.
The meet the Brewer nights are going to continue with some others lined up so keep your eyes peeled and for £15 it’s a steal with some food from one of Brighton’s best restaurants, great beers and good company. The plan is for them to continue at the Bison Arms once it opens.
A final note, I managed to nab a bottle of Brew By Numbers new Double IPA a fantastic beer brewed with Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe. Beerillant balanced and hides its 9.2% very well. Find it, drink it!