Nothing like blogging about another blogger's post to make for a cheap and cheery Satuday's post when there is mowing to do. Stonch took the tour at Harvey's recently and has this news:
One interesting piece of news emerged during the tour: later this year, a new five barrel microplant will be constructed within the brewery's confines. A new, deeper well has been sunk for the purpose, to draw water more closely resembling that used in the brewery's early days. Miles plans to brew from logs inherited from his predecessors. Although Harvey's today is known for it's low strength beers - John Hop at 1% abv, anyone? - he'll be embracing higher gravities as he plunders the old recipes. A mild ale with an original gravity of 1055 is likely to be the first. Even when doing something new and exciting, Harvey's looks to the past.Fantastic. Fabulous! I am over the moon!!! What would the world be like of the established brewers took on their own heritage like this? How many Victoria brews do Coors or Labatt or InBev have locked away in their recipe books, not to mention licenses and buy-out agreement files. This should be the next big thing - brewing like it was 1899, to borrow a phrase from Prince. Long standing craft brewers could join in, too, to make their 1980s beers once in a while.
What can we do to make it happen? Maybe start the Society for Ales of Antiquity?