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Last night was the launch of the Bottle Rocket beer club, and we got off to a great start.
Graeme from Tempest was on hand to guide us through an impressive and diverse range of styles.
This was the set list and running order:
Bomber 6.8% IPA
Dios Mio, 6% Jalapeno & Lime IPA
In the Dark we Live, 7.2% Black IPA
Red Eye Flight, 7.2% Mocha Porter
Passionfruit 4% Berliner Weiss
Longer White Cloud, 10% Imperial Pale
All the beers were tasting great, enhanced by Graeme's expert knowledge and insight. I particularly enjoyed the transition from the dark, heavier beers with the refreshing and cleansing passionfruit Berliner. It resets the palate like a sorbet between courses. Nice trick.
Standout beer for me was Red Eye Flight. A chocolate porter brewed with whole bean Fazenda Pantano Brazilian coffee beans, roasted by Steampunk Coffee in North Berwick. It's completely brilliant, and everything you'd want from this dark and rich style. World class even.
Tasting aside, the night was everything we'd hoped for. Going through the feedback forms I'd left out, there's lots of positive comments and some great ideas we're going to take on board for the next one in December. Watch this space for announcements about that soon.
Many thanks once again to Graeme and Tempest, the staff of The Skylark and to all the new Rocketeers. See you again in December.
Saturday 2nd July finally saw us open our doors after 3 months of renovations and waiting for electric connections.
And what a day it was! We'd planned to open at 11 am but, as we were making final preparations and sweeping up, people started to walk in at about quarter-past 10! We couldn't turn them away, we'd waited long enough.
Later that morning we got a visit from the Mikkeller Running Club who ran from the Hanging Bat on Lothian Road to our shop (via the Sheep's Heid!).
We even had a queue out of the door at one point. Needless to say, we were delighted with the reaction from everyone and grateful for every beer sold. Cheers!