The beer itself, as stated is a toffee porter, infused with caramel and brewed to 5% strength. The aromas are definitely of a beer that seems to be tooth-achingly sweet, but delivers a much more restrained sweetness than anticipated. Toffee, milk chocolate and some lightly toasty notes all come through in the flavour, along with a nutty, rich and sweet finish. Maiden Porter is still definitely a competent dessert beer, or perhaps something to round a few other beers off with at the end of the evening.
How did the LTB and AD Hop idea to do a collaboration beer come about?
Gaynor: Initially we'd wanted to do a beer collaboration with a local brewer because we wanted to learn more about the actual process and stages involved in making beer and to understand the steps involved from start to finish, including promoting the finished product.
Where/why did the idea to do a caramel/toffee porter come from?
Angela: We had a meeting at one of our members houses to discuss the invitation to brew with them (with beer and cheese obviously included at the meeting to get things going!), it was around Autumn and we thought of doing something seasonal, so we formed the idea of cinder toffee/Apple caramel, we gave this flavour idea to Anders from Ad Hop and he decided to do it as a porter style (possibly because of the other materials he had available).
How do you think the beer turned out in the end?
Gaynor: Although porters are not really my preferred style I was pleased with the finished beer. It's sweeter than I'd normally choose but I feel that was appropriate for a toffee porter. I felt you really did get a toffee/caramel flavour coming through, but there was still a pleasant background bitterness which made the beer have quite a complex character which I liked.
Do you have any other collaborations or plans to make a beer with another brewery lined up at all?
Gaynor and Angela: We'd definitely like to do a further collaboration with another brewery and to perhaps try a different style.
Hi Anders, what made you decide to make a beer with LTB?
We think LTB is a fantastic initiative. They spread very positive messages about craft beer and have also been very supportive of AD HOP. We have done loads of collabs with other breweries and it just felt right to do one with a group of people we like and believe in what they are doing, rather than just doing a collaboration with another brewery. It turned out to be a great little project. We had fun in every step and LTB contributed in a fantastic way throughout. From recipe discussions/design, through the brewday to head-scratchings around the appropriate balance of flavours of this quite unique toffee flavoured porter.
You got any other collaborations lined up?
Yes, two confirmed and a few more in the planning stage. We keep the lid on them though until at least the brewday!
Now that you have permanent premises, can we look forward to a more steady output of beers from you guys?
Absolutely! Lack of space has been a great headache for us, and now when we have a “proper” brewery set up we will brew loads. Later this year we are also planning to invest in a much larger kit.
Are there any other exciting things on the horizon for Ad Hop?
We are working intensely with developing and testing new recipes and methods. There will be a whole range of new sours released this year. We are also planning a big push to get into bottle shops across the UK.
For those wanting to try the Maiden Porter, there are a few more dates following the events held at the 23 Club, Brewdog and The Grapes, Roscoe Street, Ship and Mitre for the other launches across the northwest:
Also available at
Tap and Bottles, Southport and Dead Crafty, Liverpool.
Also on Saturday 7th May - Wigan Central (Wigan) and Port St Beer House, (Manchester) from 1pm onwards. This will also be a Ladies that Beer social event and the beer will be on Cask as well as keg dispense for the Wigan Central launch.
Go check the beer and Ladies that Beer out!
Ad Hop Brewing
Ladies that Beer