Meet the Brewer: Black Iris
Alex Wilson from Black Iris talks us through how they started out and their award-winning milk stout...
In 2011 in a tiny rented brewery behind the infamous Flowerpot pub in Derby. Then in late 2014 we got our act together and moved to a brand new custom brewery in Basford, Nottingham. Since then we’ve expanded production and diversified our beer range and launched our keg beers for the first time.
Wild Beer Co are one of my all-time favourites. Their innovation is fantastic but backed up with incredible drinkability. But recently I've also been very keen on beers from Chorlton Brewery.
Proudest beer moment:
Personally, I'm most proud of our Rise and Shine Coffee Milk Stout. I love dark beer and this one uses coffee from our friends down at Delilah Deli in town. It also won us a bronze in the Speciality Beers category at the SIBA Midlands Beer competition!
Secret to brewing:
Balance. Being able to think big but also deliver on drinkability, which I think is a fine art.
Thoughts on craft scene:
It's just a great place to be. Recently, I was up in Berwick in a tiny micropub drinking Cantillon in the sun, which a few years ago would have been much less likely. Availability and knowledge have gone a long way.
Favourite beer style:
I have a massive fondness for sour beer, hence my particular love of Wild and Chorlton. Black IPA is another favourite and I love the combination of bitter hops with sweeter malts.
Guilty drinking pleasure:
Hot tip for NCBW:
The Kean’s Head is a no-brainer! I'm also really excited about the Kraft Cavern collaboration pop-up!