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  • 29 October 2014

    Head Brewer Heads to Norway

    We’re one of five UK breweries to be featured at Norwegian beer festival ‘What’s Brewing’. The festival is being hosted by our friends at Lervig Aktiebryggeri at Tou Scene, an ex-brewery, in the south-west coastal town of Stavanger.

    Better known as the ‘oil capital of Norway’ Stavanger is aiming to create a world class beer festival and by the looks of the beer list they’ve succeeded. 28 breweries representing 9 countries are showcasing 218 different beers over the two day event. Earlier this month we shipped kegs of Wild Wheat, Green Juniper & Hemp Double IPA (collab with Lervig), Damson Stout, IPA, Oat Wine (collab with Wild Beer Co.), Iti, Sundown and Brodie’s Prime Export. Also from the UK will be beers from Beavertown, Buxton, Magic Rock and Siren.

    Norwegian alcohol laws actually forbid anyone involved in the organisation of the festival from ‘advertising’ the attending breweries but fans and bloggers are not restricted by the same rules, you can view a list of breweries and beers on Norwegian blog 'Die By The Beer'. The list includes the likes of Nøgne, Mikkeller, Birra Del Borgo and Brouwerji De Molen.

    The festival runs from Friday 31st October to Saturday 1st November, both Head Brewer Matt and Ben from Sales will be in attendance over the weekend.

  • 08 October 2014

    New Beers for Autumn

    Several new beers will be on sale this autumn, three of which will be launched at The Independent Manchester Beer Convention later this week.

    Sundown, a hoppy red ale at 4.5% abv, Wild Wheat, a Brett fermented oak aged wheat beer plus the next in our series of oak aged beers, No3, an Imperial Porter aged in bourbon casks with whole damsons at 9.5% abv, a preview in keg of what will be released in bottle before Christmas.

    Also released in bottle before Christmas will be No 4, a matured version of Brodie’s Prime Export which has spent 12 months in bourbon casks.

    You’ll also see the return of some limited edition favourites; Damson Stout and Motueka Lager.

    Indy Man Beer Con, now in its third year, takes place in Manchester’s Victoria Baths between Thursday 9th and Sunday 12th October.

    Twelve of our beers will be featured over the Thursday and Friday sessions:
    Iti 3.5% cask
    Sundown 4.5% cask
    Damson Stout 4.5% cask
    Cumbrian Five Hop 5.0% cask
    NZPA 6.0% cask
    Brodie’s Prime Export 8.5% cask
    Wild Wheat 4.8% keg
    Motueka Lager 5.0% keg
    IPA 7.0% keg
    Green Juniper & Hemp Double IPA 7.5% keg
    Oat Wine 8.8% keg
    No3 Imperial Damson Porter 9.5% keg

  • Delegates sampling beer

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  • 04 September 2014

    National Brew Pub Finalist

    Good Pub Guide logo
    The Beer Hall bar

    Every year The Good Pub Guide present a number of national awards to pubs which the editors consider the best in the country. The awards range from the prestigious 'Pub of the Year' through a range of other categories.

    Our brewery tap, The Beer Hall, which features in the guide, was shortlisted as a finalist in 'Own Brew Pub of the Year'.

    Finalists are described as "demonstrating an excellence above and beyond even the other entries in the Good Pub Guide itself" so we're delighted to have been selected.

  • Bottles of Green Juniper & Hemp Double IPA
    Selecting hops for the brew
    Mike from Lervig pitching yeast into the wort

    In collaboration with Lervig Brewery of Norway we have brewed a special one-off beer as part of The International Rainbow Project 2014 which is now in its second year (some of you may remember last year’s Parma Violet IPA).

    This year’s project sees 7 UK breweries, each paired with a different European brewery, randomly assigned a colour of the rainbow and together challenged to create a beer inspired by that colour, whether it be abstract or not.

    Breweries & their colours:
    Magic Rock + Evil Twin (Denmark) - Red
    Beavertown + Naparbier (Spain) – Orange
    Buxton + Omnipollo (Sweden) – Yellow
    Hawkshead + Lervig (Norway) - Green
    Partizan + Mikeller (Denmark) – Blue
    Wild Beer Co + Toccalmatto (Italy) – Indigo
    Siren + De Molen (The Netherlands) – Violet

    In July, Mike Murphy, Head Brewer at Lervig, joined us to brew the green inspired beer. The brewday actually took place on the Saturday of our Summer Beer Festival, giving drinkers the opportunity to watch the brewers at work.

    Juniper berries, hemp seed and a shed load of hops were amongst the ingredients used. The result - a 7.5% double IPA with mouth smacking bitterness and aromas of pine. Heavy hopping from American varieties Simcoe and Mosaic mean the beer’s bitterness units reach 100 IBUs, traditional for this style of beer. (IBU = International Bittering Units, a measure of the actual bitterness of a beer as contributed by the alpha acid from hops).

    The limited edition beer will be available in cask, keg and bottle and will go on sale following the official launch of all 7 rainbow beers at Beavertown Brewery on Saturday 13th September. Subsequent launches are being held at: The Hanging Bat, Edinburgh - Sunday 14th September from 7pm and North Bar, Leeds - Thursday 18th September from 6pm.


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