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When you need a good beer in Baghdad…
Imagine that you, as a beer lover, are stranded in a city where the only available beers are canned, stored at temperatures above 40 C and brewed by two of the world’s biggest breweries. That happened to us a couple of years ago, when we were working in Baghdad.
What could we do to get a thirst-quenching beer full of flavour? There was only one solution: brew our own!
So our brewing journey began. We learned a lot: some like it hot - beer does not! Fermenting in a hot desert climate appeared to be the biggest challenge. We got over it and were soon hooked on the process of brewing refreshing beers, tasty and aromatic. Beers made with the best ingredients, conditioned in the bottle, with no added sugars and no filtration. And they tasted 👌. Which got us thinking...if we can do that in a city like Baghdad, then we can do it back home as well, in lovely rural Suffolk. Which is what we are doing now. Follow us to find out more about us and share our passion for the best hand crafted beers!
There are four main steps that The Krafty Braumeister in Leiston does different:
Grinding the malt grains fresh on brewing day
Strictly no use of sugar or other supplements
At the Krafty Braumeister brewery we buy whole malt grains. In this way we avoid long storage time for crushed grains. We grind the malts only just before brewing. That ensures that the full flavour of the grains end up in your beer and don’t evaporate through long storage of crushed grains.
Step infusion is the brewing process applied by The Krafty Braumeister. During the mashing process we increase the temperature of the brewing liquor in several steps ranging from about 40 C up to 78 C. This process prolongs the brewing process but makes sure that all the sugars of the grains get into your beer.
At the Krafty Braumeister we use a very traditional way to condition (carbonate) our beers. Before we fill bottles and kegs with our ready fermented beers we add unfermented wort (=liquor consisting of malt and water which is the basis for any beer) and a tiny bit of fresh yeast to the fermenting vessel. This step ensures that carbonation continues in the bottle or keg and produces CO2 in a natural way, adding refreshing fizziness to our products.
This step prolongs the maturation process of the beer for at least two weeks (depending on the beer style sometimes even much longer). To save this time a huge number of breweries force-carbonate the beer by adding CO2 from a gas cylinder. In our opinion the force carbonation process interferes in the natural maturation of beer and does not allow the beer to develop its natural aroma.
Pure beer is the quality requirement at The Krafty Braumeister. We do not add sugars or other supplements to our beers. All the sugars in a “Krafty” derive from the grains. We do not use finings to clear up the beer nor chemicals to speed up the fermentation process.
“Krafty” beers are pure and therefore a bit cloudy. The cloudiness is natural as well as a tiny residue at the bottom of each bottle. We do not filter the beer for that reason to maintain all flavours and aroma in the beer.
Whenever you drink a Krafty, you will enjoy refreshing full flavour and aroma german beer styles offer – brewed in traditional way in the coastal town of Leiston in the heart of Suffolk.
Tony Green, CAMRA Ipswich, was so nice to provide information as follows:
Just recently a microbrewery was located in the premises of the Volunteer. It seems that the (then) landlord of the Volunteer ran it in 2010 and may be even after that. Oddly enough, the brewery's website is still online (http://www.daftmonkbrewery.co.uk/) though probably only because it was registered as a long-term site (it expires in December 2019). According to the App “Ratebeer”, Bad Habit was a 4.7% golden ale, Bishop's Ballsup was a 4.0% bitter and Mr Figgins was a 7.4% spiced ale.
The only other record of brewing in Leiston was found in the 1844 White's Directory, which listed George Gildersleeves as a brewer & spirit merchant. In 1855, the same directory listed him as a brewer & beerhouse keeper. According to the records, he was at the White Horse in 1839/1840 and then moved to the Royal Standard in 1841, where he's recorded up to the census of 1861. His wife alone is recorded in the 1851 census, so he probably died between those years. So from those dates, he may well have been brewing *at* the Royal Standard.
There must inevitably have been more brewers in the town before that; almost certainly all based in pubs, as it was the norm before the 19thcentury for pubs to brew their own beer, since only a few commercial brewers existed before that time. Though records from that long ago are few and far between and that is why
I like to ask if anyone knows more about the brewing history of Leiston. I’ll be grateful to hear from you. Please get in touch!
Blue & White - Traditionally handcrafted Bavarian wheat beer (Hefeweizen), light body with banana and clove flavours derived from the yeast. Effervescent carbonation - a most refreshing quaff for balmy days. Suspended yeast gives this beer-style its characteristic cloudiness. Be sure to rouse the bottle with a gentle swirl when you pour. Be sure to drink it fresh and chilled to savour the creamy mellow mouthfeel.
Ingredients: Malted Wheat, Malted Barley, Hops, Yeast and Water
Red &White – hand crafted in small batches in the tradition of the top-fermented “white” (Wiess) beers of Cologne. A bit hazy in appearance it offers full flavour and aroma, as it is an unfiltered living product conditioned in the bottle.Best enjoyed when stored cold and drunk fresh.Pure delight, sip by sip!
Ingredients: Barley and Wheat Malt, Hops, Yeast and Water
The “Green Pine Cone” German Brown Ale is brewed with an exciting mix of barley malts. Our festive winter ale offers a light sweet malt character. Traditional noble hops add subtle spicy fruity tones. The traditional recipe originates from the West German town of Duesseldorf, where people call it “Altbier”. Enjoy this ale slightly chilled!
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Unit 4A, Eastlands Industrial Estate, Leiston/Sufolk, IP16 4LL
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