This hazy, deep straw-coloured ale is a new kind of beer for us. Brewed in collaboration with Anderson Craft Ales, and using only hops grown at nearby VQH Farms, we named this one YXU (London's airport code) to emphasize it's local nature.
YXU is a wonderfully unusual beer! With a malt bill consisting of 40% oat flakes and brewed with English yeast, it has a rich, full-bodied character while retaining a light, citrusy flavour. Bready and cereal malt flavours and aromas dominate at first, yielding quickly to a light citrus and slight pine hop character. After that, all kinds of fruity notes linger....I'm not sure why I can taste strawberry, but it's in there! What also lingers is the head on this one- the creamy and off white foam lasts forever.
Making this one with our friends at Anderson and VQH was a ton of fun, and the fact that this delightful beer was the result makes the experience even better. We may have been crazy to attempt a mash with that much oat in it, but it worked...and I hope we're crazy enough to brew this one again!