Brew 42 : Black Lava

‘Black Lava’ was one of my first commercial brews, at the end of 2016. I brewed it again in late 2017 as ‘Xmas Black Lava’ throwing incarefully adding another dimension to the brew with some seasonal spices. For both of these brews I erred on the side of subtle with the liquorice and vanilla, as is my wont. For the 2018 brew of this beer I decided to increase the l+v just a tad. Of course, using liquorice root and vanilla pods you are a bit at the mercy of the extent to which those natural ingredients impart flavour (compared with the more known element of bottles of vanilla essence etc).

This will be a cask only brew. One firkin destined for The Victoria Inn, one for a beer festival at The Black Buoy Inn, Wivenhoe, over the early May bank holiday weekend, and the last one at a fest at The Dove Street Inn in Ipswich later in the month.