The original BrewCon by the National Homebrew Club is back on 5th October 2019 for the fifth time! Since their inaugural event in 2015, they have brought you: the fundamental ingredients of brewing, pushing the boundaries on what you can achieve in a glass of beer and broadening your brewing skills to achieve even more in improving your brewing ability.
For their 5th event, they’ve decided to do something different. This year they’re Raiding the Rascals.
Yes, that’s right, they’ll be taking over Rascals’ HQ, hosting a more dynamic open plan event in a live & kicking brewery. Not only that but as usual they have a fantastic line-up of speakers from these various backgrounds:
Ron Pattinson – Historical Beer Researcher
Marshall Schott – Brülosopher
Philip Woodnutt – Wicklow Hops Company
Mini Talk sessions
Featuring the return of the Bag ‘o’ Cans on the couch & introducing the Rascals Pizza Oven
We’ll also be pouring a very special beer on the day: a winner of The National Homebrew Club competition whose beer we have brewed here! And this is his amazing beer:
Congrats to Phil Smail whose Super Split is on tap right now at Rascals HQ. “I was living in Seattle about 10 years back and a friend of mine gave me an IPA at his house,” Phil explains when talking about when he began homebrewing. “He asked me what I thought of it and I said it was great. Turns out he’d brewed it himself. That was my lightbulb moment for me and that was the point I became a brewer. I haven’t looked back since. My colleagues appreciate my hobby too as it turns out!”
Phil has been a member of the National Homebrew Club of Ireland for about five years. “I’m with North County Brewers; we meet in both Swords and Malahide every month. I’ve entered other competitions and been lucky to win medals in previous years in the Irish Nationals.”
For his Super Split recipe Phil has this to say: “The beer is a balance between the orange and the vanilla, just like the SuperSplit ice pop. The orange should be upfront with the vanilla backing it up. Apparently you can get the renamed Splits in supermarkets now, but I’ve never seen any. You want a bit of sweetness but nothing too crazy. Believe it or not I added a 440g jar of Seville marmalade. I added that and the lactose for the last 5 mins of the boil. I did throw in orange peel from a couple of oranges at flame out. I think most of the flavour comes from the orange extract and marmalade.”
Call in to Rascals HQ and try it our for yourself! And you might still be able to get some tickets for Brewcon here.