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Northern Monk — Patrons Project 22.04 // Independent North Four // Why Didn't You Tell Me // Ubuntu, "I Am Because We Are" // Tropical IPA
The best kind of chats with friends are those ones where you come away with your face aching from all the laughing and smiling, despite the fact you’ve been putting the world to rights about real subjects. no small talk.
That’s exactly what listening to Why Didn’t You Tell Me feels like – serious topics under a surface layer of fun – and that’s what we wanted to represent in this beer. A big, fun, tropical fruit salad with a serious beer at its core. A grist of super pale barley and oats, infused with lactose, and hopped with Citra and Idaho 7 gives a juicy citrus, creamy IPA. Into that we crammed in 180g/l of fruit to really amp up the tropical flavours – using Mango, Passion Fruit, and Pineapple as a nod to Thierry, Felix, and Tinashe’s Rwandan, Malawian, and Zimbabwean backgrounds for a real cocktail of culture. This beer represents the best of their shared Bantu culture; Bantu peoples are the speakers of Bantu languages, comprising several hundred indigenous ethnic groups in Africa. These groups are spread over a vast area from Central Africa across the African Great Lakes to Southern Africa.
A mix of classic and more modern hops – from Citra to Citra Incognito, Mosaic to Sabro – is joined by the newest of the new, Cryopop™. The latest innovation form hop kings Yakima Chief, Cryopop™ is designed to withstand even the most rigorous brewing processes while retaining a huge tropical-fruit aroma at the forefront, with a hint of fresh-squeezed orange juice courtesy of El Dorado. That hardy Cryopop™ and Citra goes into the whirlpool, followed by a three-stage dry-hop process – including the experimental practice of hopping mid-fermentation to introduce bio-transformational flavour profiles from those hops – all in all, the equivalent of 38g/l . What results is the hallmarks of a textbook DDH DIPA – mouth-watering stone fruit, juicy mango and berries – with glimmering citrus and an uncharacteristically herbal top-notes.