Every winter for the last few years I've brewed a lager as it is relatively easy to brew in a garage or other cold area & raise the temperature to lager fermentation temperature - around 12-15°.
In September Taste Cumbria came to Cockermouth & took over Main Street for a weekend. More importantly Jennings Brewery opened up a large room for a beer festival. The bar was split into two: half Jennings Beers & half other Cumbrian breweries.
My Cascade hops had grown in Altrincham for a few years, before being dug up & grown in a big trug for a year & last spring I planted them in my garden in Cockermouth.
Having brewed so many session AIPA style beers recently a full flavoured stout was in order. My previous stout using date molasses - Olbers' Stout - was a hit with friends as well as me, so I used its recipe as a basis for this one only I wanted it bigger, fuller.
I've gone back to an electric brew system again after using gas for a year or so, but my wife wants the kitchen back & making food when mealtimes cross my brew time just makes the brewday even longer.
The Stockport Beer Festival is in its 30th year & I reckon I've only missed one in 19 of the last ones - despite living in Wiltshire, Somerset, Hampshire & now Cumbria for most of that time.
My first brew in the new house in Cockermouth & our kitchen is still too small to do anything else when brewing is occurring. Encouragingly the hob here doesn't have a toast rack annoyingly over it preventing large brewing vessels being placed on it & god-knows what bugs raining down from it.