Let yourself be distracted by something Shiny
Colston Crawford finds something Shiny is coming to the Derby Winter Beer Festival.
THERE could hardly be a better showcase for a new local brewery than to be one of only two with a bespoke bar at the Derby Winter Beer Festival in the Roundhouse this week.
But that's the situation Pedro Menon finds himself in for the official launch of Shiny Brewing, which he operates from newly built premises behind the Furnace Inn, in Duke Street.
The pump clips are suitably shiny, in silver, and Pedro has had a bar commissioned to match for the festival.
He actually debuted the first brew on New Year's Eve at the pub and says he is still at the experimental stage.
Judging by how superb the his hoppy 3.7% bitter New World was when I tasted it this week, there could be some great results when he gets good at it.
Using American hops, this is a fabulous beer if you like plenty of hops and a good one, too, if a fragrant aroma is an important part of the beer experience for you.
Also at the festival from Shiny are Golden Man, a 4.1% golden beer, Four Wood, a best bitter at 4.5% and Obsidian, a dark mild.
"I've done seven beers now and every one different," says Pedro.
"I don't want to repeat any for now. If you find a good restaurant, you don't necessarily have the same meal each time.
"I need to learn my equipment and my recipes and to see what people like. Every one of them has been someone's favourite so far."
Pedro, who went on two separate courses to learn the rudiments of brewing, doesn't intend to sell his beers at any pub in the city other than his own but they will go further afield, as part of his drive to bring new, different beers to Derby.
"I'll swap my beers with other brewers further away from here and bring theirs back," he added.
"I know that people will go on a crawl in the city and they don't want to keep finding the same beers. I want them to know they will find different beers at the Furnace."
It strikes me the Shiny beers themselves could be just as big an attraction.