Food & Wine October 2014

XT Brewing Co.

At our October meeting we had an interesting talk by Jane Heywood, a young lady who works for the XT   Brewing Co. They are based in Long Crendon on the road to Chearsley and is fronted by two black gates. The Brewery was started by Gareth Xsafaris and Russell Taylor and will have been open for three years in November and produces 5,000 pints per week. They have four fermentation tanks and will shortly have a fifth available. The Beers range from 1 – 9 (light to dark) XT3 and 4 are their flagship beers. XT1 is a summer beer made from USA and UK hops. XT9 is called Black Velvet.   XPA 5-9 are really strong beers. This year they will be making a Christmas Beer.

They make speciality beers to mark special occasions.  XT14 was a beer made in connection with WW1.   XT13, a RedAle, was made from USA and New Zealand hops. A new Camelian beer will be ready next week. The beer is permanently available in Cross Keys and The Bell public houses in Thame and The Whip in Lacy Green. They have a relatively small staff who are all kept very busy. They have entered many competitions with pleasing results.

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I am not a beer drinker but Jane advised me to try XT1 which I enjoyed and reminded me of a lager. XT3 was also acceptable as it was not too strong. The men seemed to go for XT9 which they likened to a Mackinson and XT 6 was also popular. Jane invited the members to travel to the brewery where she would be pleased to give a tour of the premises.

Eileen has started a challenge for members to make snacks each month from produce which is in season. This month Eileen had made some butternut squash muffins which were enjoyed with the beer.

In November two members will be talking about various types of rice and in December we will be having a Spanish party with the Music and Spanish Groups invited to join us.   Next month Eileen will be asking for volunteers to make items for the party. We now have a programme booked for the next six months which looks very interesting. The programme may be found in the new edition of PReVIEW and of course on the calendar on the website.

Cynthia George.