Today we brewed yet another of Gazza's little projects, our long-awaited summer beer which, if we're honest, will probably have missed the summer by the time it comes out in a few weeks!
Half Maris Otter and half German Pils malt, this is a super-pale brew hopped with bracts from the two "great" surfing regions, America's West Coast and Australia in the form of fruity Amarillo, uber-citrussy Centennial and "pineapple chunks" Galaxy; Newquay isn't included as there are, as far as I know, no hop farms there and anyhow we don't use British hops except in very rare circumstances.
Extra-pale, dry, citrussy and refreshing, this is the beer for the summer which just ended so please drink it up as we'll be stuck with it otherwise and have to drink it ourselves... which would be just terrible. Honestly.
The name comes from punk band "Eastfield" and the track includes the lyrics below which, having a dislike of the whole macho surfing scene, Gazza wishes he'd written had he any discernible songwriting ability.
"Surfers Against Sewage campaign for clean, safe recreational waters, free from effluents, toxic chemicals and nuclear waste.
Sharks Against Surfers campaign for clean, safe recreational waters, free from surfers..."
Keep off the sand, this is not your land - sharks against surfers
Stay out of the sea, keep the waters clean - sharks against surfers
Don't ride the waves, you'll meet an early grave - sharks against surfers
Put a stop to your tricks, you'll get ripped to bits - sharks against surfers
Beach life isn't cheap, it'll cost you an arm and a leg
In trendy clothes shops and in the open water
Tear down the blue flag and hoist up the black flag
To lead the surfers out to the slaughter