“Contains only water, hops, malt, yeast and knowledge” it says on the handsome label on the handsome bottle of David and Martina Rodger’s Northbound 08 Kolsch Style.
That’s fine, but there’s something missing that could be added to the list.
It goes like this: “Contains only water, hops, malt, yeast and knowledge, creative brilliance, daring, ingenuity, integrity and passion”.
That’s more like it.
David Rogers is a Master Brewer, and it shows. The Northbound beers are thouroughbread creations, exemplars of the styles they select: that 08 Kolsch, for instance, is a pitch-perfect drink, so beautifully balanced, refreshing and intriguing that it fair takes your breath away. It’s a masterpiece.
But then, so is the 26 Pale Ale, the 47 India Pale Ale, the 60 Crystal Amber, the 34 Oak Smoked, the 33 Sticke Alt, the 70 Magum IPA.
Mr Rogers is set fair to be a power in the land, and Northbound is yet another brick in the wall of Derry’s food and drink renaissance.
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