It is my understanding that a few if not all of the Fuller’s and friends collaboration beers were first pilot brewed at the collaborator’s brewery, before then being brewed at Fuller’s. My question is should these pilot batches be added as separate entries in the database? My position is that they should be separate.
The case for separate entries
- Different brewing kit - The brewing kit makes a difference in the resulting beer even when the same recipe is used. Even the size and the shape of the fermenters, have an effect of how the yeast ferment the beer.
- Precedence - There is precedence for the same recipe brewed at different breweries having different entries. Dogfish Head / Victory - Saison du Buff springs to mind. I’m sure i could find other examples.
- Branding - When i had the Moor Rebirth pilot back in August it was branded as Moor Rebirth without mentioning Fuller’'s
- Tweaks - This one is speculative. But i would imagine that small recipe tweaks would have occurred between the two batch, otherwise when is the point in doing the pilot? Also was the yeast used the same? This could make a big difference to the beer.