Camden Town Brewery Barrel Aged IHL
Style: (Barrel Aged) Lager
Size: 660ml (Bottle)
I’m a Hells Raiser.
Or at least I was. I have to admit that I handed over some of my hard earned earlier in the year to further Camden’s cause. One of the reasons I did this was because of my first experience of IHL. Camden launched the beer with a ‘7 days of IHL’ celebration back in November 2014.
The 4th of November was a rainy Wednesday night when my former housemate and I headed to the pop-up Temple of IHL at an art gallery space hired by Camden. The event was dubbed ‘Art of the Craft’ and Camden had brought together Nick Dwyer, the man behind Beavertown’s incredible artwork, longtime Camden collaborator Thomas Slater and Alec Doherty of Partizan Brewing‘s illustrated identity. The first highlight was hearing Alec regale the confused crowd with the story of the Cardiff Giant, a famous hoax from 1860’s America.
The second highlight was the beer. After being lucky enough to meet the ever approachable Jasper Cuppiage, Founder of Camden, some of his effervescent staff and drink 5 cans of IHL I left a big fan of both the brewery and the beer.
Camden take IHL and put it in Bourbon and Tequila barrels for 6 months. They have also taken the artwork from the IHL cans and re-imagined it for the bigger 660ml bottles. I vaguely remember trying a very small amount of this at a tasting Camden did with Beavertown and Left Hand Brewing for London Beer Week, but I must have sampled 13 different beers that night and can’t recall my reaction to this one.
Enjoying from a full size bottle this beer is excellent. Time in the barrels softens the hop aromas and flavours, adds extra smoothness and ups the alcohol content. If this is an example of what Camden can do with a barrel ageing program, the future could be bright after all.
Note: I did a full post on my views on the Camden Town – AB InBev deal on December 22 and can be accessed using the links on the right hand side of the page