A while back a good friend of mine, and fellow all-grain brewing artisan challenged me to a home-brew taste-off, one sunny Friday afternoon in July we assembled a selection of our favourite brews and staged a tasting event.
Copious quantities of beer in a myriad of styles were presented, and so we settled in to studiously work our way through these fruits of our labour, in suitably contemplate fashion. The day was a complete success, by the end of it neither of us could quite form a cohesive sentence, but hey ho, you only live once and it was the weekend! As for the final tally, it was a remarkably close run thing, excellent beers from both "brew-houses". Fortunately I clinched it with an American style IPA (India Pale Ale) made with Mosaic hops, called "Mosaic Man" - it was showing particularly well on the day a real fruit bomb. Great fun all round, we vowed to hold another brew-off in the Winter sometime and rope in some more (willing) victims as arbiters.
The winning beer below; as you can see, it's a fine specimen and tasted as good as it looked.