Of Myces and Men is a funky barrel-aged pale ale brewed with Maris Otter malt and lavished with Goldings and Fuggles throughout the boil. It was open fermented with Epochal’s house yeast culture before a secondary fermentation with many more Goldings and Fuggles in barrels chosen for their expressively funky fermentation character. Finally, blended with fresh beer and refermented in the bottle, a special beer emerges.
Epochal say “This beer is our first opportunity to showcase the wonderful hops of Brook House in the context of our Scottish barrel fermented pale ales. Brook House take a great deal of care of their hops, both in the growing and the processing, which gives them a punch you’d be surprised by if you’re used to calling English hops ‘twiggy’. It pours a yellowed gold with a large, rocky head of foam. The aroma is musky, spicy, flecked with petals of peony and ripe pears. The palate is full but light and with a rich, chewily complex bitterness. To me, it’s a thrilling expression of these classic hop varieties and of what happens when they’re combined with complex wood fermentation.”