The concept for Collabageddon is simple: 12 breweries, each paired up with two others to create one “home” collaboration and one away, resulting in an innovative and eclectic mix of beers that launch across a variety of venues nationwide in a true celebration of our wonderful beery community.
We’re delighted to have been paired up with absolute lager masters Utopian Brewing for the “away” leg of our Collabageddon journey, and have already visited their state-of-the-art brewery near Exeter to be guided through our first decoction mash, a fantastic learning experience and what these brewdays are all about (as well as of course the obligatory sharing a pint or three!). Together we have created a Nelson Sauvin single hopped lager which we got brewed nice and early to allow time for traditional lager maturation techniques to take place. Thank you to Jeremy, Richard, Ben and all at Team Utopian for their impeccable hosting and a brilliant day.
And in a few weeks, we can’t wait to welcome Bristol’s Good Chemistry Brewing to the steel city where we’ll be co-creating a dry hopped pineapple pale ale! Plenty of oats and wheat to give a plenty of body to a beer that’s packed with punchy pineapple and dry hopped with the combo of Sabro, Talus and El Dorado, which back up the character of the fruit as well as providing luscious notes of zesty pink grapefruit and a hint of creamy coconut. Tropical vibes and good times await!
These beers, along with ten more brewed by our fellow Collabageddon compadres, launch across the country on Friday 17th November, so save the date! Head to Elusive’s blog for full details of all the breweries, beers and venues getting involved, and keep an eye on their social media too as they’ll be the first to share any updates. We’ve copied the list of beers and venues as it stands below too!
Do let us know what you’re excited for and where you’ll be drinking them on November 17th – you’ll find Team Abbeydale at the Rutland Arms! And a huge thank you to Andy and Ruth at Elusive for having us involved – it truly is a privilege.
THE MATCHUPS & BEERS
Abbeydale x Good Chemistry – 5% Dry Hopped Pineapple Pale
Baker’s Dozen x Merakai – 6% Millionaire’s Shortbread Stout
Elusive x Baker’s Dozen – 6% New Zealand Black IPA
Glasshouse x Red Willow – 4.5% Session IPA
Good Chemistry x Utopian – 4.8% Smokey Brown Ale
Merakai x Glasshouse – 7.2% Oatcream IPA
Moonwake x Tartarus – 5% Black Lager
Polly’s Brew Co x Elusive – 3.8% West Coast Session Pale
Red Willow x Sureshot – 6.5% Red Rye IPA
Sureshot x Moonwake – 6.5% New Zealand NEIPA
Tartarus x Polly’s Brew Co – 6.5% Passionfruit & Coconut IPA
Utopian x Abbeydale – 5.2% Single Hopped Lager w/Nelson Sauvin
Inn Deep – Glasgow
Indie Craft Beer – Kendal
The Woodworkers – Belfast
The Black Cat – Liverpool
GRUB – Manchester
Red Willow – Macclesfield
The Rutland Arms – Sheffield
The Canal House – Nottingham
The Kings Head – Stamford
Tilt – Birmingham
Radio City Social – Chelmsford
Kill The Cat – London
The Green Goddess – London
The Nags Head – Reading
Fuggles – Tonbridge* & Tunbridge Wells*
Beer No Evil – Worthing
The Bookshop Alehouse – Southampton
Craft Republic – Barry
The Bread & Roses – Plymouth
*starred venues will be pouring 6 beers each*