Great to have Colin and Chris from @saltbeerfactory in today for a double collab brew day with our Jake!
These former colleagues have teamed up to brew a Pale Ale brewed with 100% Munich malt, as well as an Export Stout on this fine Monday.
Hurry up and join us, your participation is required.
Today's fresh release, Participate In This Area, insists that you revel in its soft, pillowy body, as well as its blend of succulent fruit flavours and striking, resinous hop notes.
It was dry-hopped with Citra, Nelson Sauvin and Simcoe - three hop varietals that each lend elements of their own unique personalities to this flavoursome, 6.7% IPA. Nelson's pungent, savoury resinous character immediately grabs your attention before giving way to thick flavours of juicy mango, orange sherbet and tangy lime.
Those resinous notes linger into the finish, alongside a little fresh pine, a squeeze of navel orange and a light touch of marmalade bitterness. It is also one of the softest IPAs we have produced this year, with a full, smooth body that holds everything together neatly.
Pick it up now from our online store, where we've also had a re-stock of our signature DIPA. shop.cloudwaterbrew.co/products/participate-in-this-area
Tonight at @cloudwaterunit9, we're joined by beer author @jeff.alworth for a showcase of incredible beer from Oregon.
Jeff is one of the pre-eminent experts on beer in America's Pacific Northwest so we're stoked to have him in Manchester, and we've flown in beer especially.
Join us from 6.30pm to take part in the Q&A with Jeff hosted by our founder Paul Jones and enjoy a carefully-curated selection of 6 beers from various Oregon breweries. Ticket link in bio.
But if you can't come along to the event, you can still drop in for a drink from 3pm.
We'll have the following on draft:
Breakside Wanderlust IPA, 6.2% golden IPA
Breakside What Rough Beast, 6.8% modern IPA
Cascade Garden Party 2017, 9.8% blend of Blonde and Wheat Ales with chardonnay grapes, Meyer lemon zest and elderflowers
Cascade Sang Rouge 2015, 8% blend of Red Ales aged in red wine barrels
Ecliptic Capella Porter, 5.2% American Porter
Ecliptic Starburst, 7.8% West Coast IPA
Gigantic The Tighten Up, 6.2% IPA with tangerine and pineapple
Gigantic Fantastic Voyage Gewurztraminer, 6.6% Brett Saison with fresh-pressed gewürztraminer grapes
pFriem Pilsner, 4.9% Bavarian-style Pilsner
Upright Little Beers (w/ Aslan), 3.6% Session Wheat Beer
Upright Four Flower Flora, 5.5% blend of barrel-aged botanical Saison with yarrow, calendula, hop and hemp flower
We'll also have the following beers available in bottle to drink in or take out:
Breakside Sun Ripened, 7.5% Golden Ale aged in California chardonnay barrels and conditioned on white nectarines and chamomile flowers
Breakside The Body Electric, 6.4% mixed-culture sour aged in oak barrels from Oregon wineries
Breakside Stay West, 7% West Coast IPA
Cascade Primordial Noir 2017, 10.5% blend of Imperial Red Ales aged in bourbon oak with cherries
Ecliptic Phaser, 6.5% hazy IPA
Ecliptic Oort, 8.5% Imperial Stout
Ecliptic Carina, 5.5% peach sour
pFriem Flanders Red, 7% oak-aged sour Red Ale
pFriem La Mure, 6.49% white wine barrel-aged sour with blackcap raspberries and marionberries
pFriem Oude Kriek, 5.6% Lambic-style ale aged on cherries
pFriem Pruim 2019, 6.3% Lambic-style ale aged on plums
We brewed up something very special today with @beerswobeards.
Based in Edinburgh, this group of passionate and knowledgeable folks are doing great work to bring together women with an interest in beer, providing education, support and social activities.
Our collaboration will make its debut at their first festival, @wib_fest, which takes place October 10th to 13th.
This unique festival covers a series of talks, tastings and tap takeovers at venues across Edinburgh. Check out the schedule and get tickets at beerswobeards.com/events
For today's fresh drop, we've decided to shine a light on a delicious, niche style of beer.
Here's What You Need To Know is a Belgian-style Bitter that balances bright hop flavours and a strong, pithy bitterness with aromatic yeast esters and a subtle, sweet malt profile.
Technically, Belgian Bitter isn't a style in its own right, but this beer takes its lead from the peerless De Ranke XX Bitter, which was a true trend-setter upon its release in 1998. Mixing elements from a Belgian Golden Ale and a modern Pale Ale, it became famous due to unusually high levels of hop bitterness for a beer brewed in Belgium.
It's intended as an exercise in balance and elegance. Zesty flavours of orange and grapefruit lead the way but are underpinned by notes of clove, cardamom and underripe banana provided by the yeast. Those yeast aromatics linger into a long, dry finish that's full of pithy bitterness and it's all held together by a smooth, yet light, body.
You can pick it up from our online store now. Link in bio.
It's also pouring at both Unit 9 and 73 Enid Street this week, where you can grab cans to take away too.
As part of our Indie Retailer Roadshow, celebrating some of our favourite independent beer shops up and down the country, we recently paid a visit to @herefordbeerhouse.
Opened by Jonny and Amélie in 2015, it stands out as a beacon for beer quality in a city where cider still rules.
Jonny comes from a brewing background - having previously worked as head brewer for Brodie’s and lead brewer at Weird Beard - and it shows. Attention to detail and commitment to presenting beer at its best run through everything that’s done at Hereford Beer House.
The beer selection is wide yet carefully selected, ranging from the best of Britain’s new wave to peerless German lagers served in the proper glassware. And, crucially, everything is refrigerated. Customers can grab cans and bottles from the very same cold store where draught beer is stored the entire time its on site, before being served via the direct-draw bar.
Although Amélie does not have the same brewing background, her knowledge is every bit as impressive and the couple have built a strong rapport with a customer base that veers more towards casual drinkers rather than beer geeks. But despite an obvious commitment to doing things the right way, they have faced their fair share of challenges.
“It can be a hard slog at times,” says Jonny. “Around here, it takes people a while to trust new businesses so we're still fighting to establish ourselves and win people over to something they’re probably not used to. But we’re learning too, and although the customers will look to us for beer knowledge, we have to learn from them in terms of the service we offer.
“For inspiration, I look at bars like In De Wildeman and that's what I want to aspire to. It's been there for years and has built a really strong reputation and loyal following on the strength of excellent service and an offering that stands out. In the UK, we seem to be obsessed with growth but with that there’s a risk of diluting the original idea you set out with. We’re working hard to make sure Hereford Beer House becomes a vital part of this community. If you can make it in a town that's low wage and unfashionable, we see that as a major achievement."
We love exploring the balance between bold flavour and drinkability.
Relevant To Our Interests is one of three Pale Ales we've released in recent weeks designed to deliver a range of seriously impactful hop aromas and flavours at a manageable ABV and accessible pricepoint.
This 4.2% Pale blends Ahtanum and Ekuanot in an 8g/L dry hop, resulting in a mix of punchy resinous notes and mouthwatering cantaloupe melon, grapefruit and lime.
It has a slightly fuller, smoother body than our signature Pale Ale to carry the big flavours, and a short finish loaded with citrus makes you dive back in for more after each mouthful.
Grab it now from our online store - order by 9am tomorrow for delivery in time for the weekend. Link in bio.
Enjoy a taste of cherry cola, just like they used to make it back in the good old days.
Our special blend of 12 spices and botanicals is the secret behind the unique and totally refreshing taste of Purple Bobbins.
This 6.5% spiced sour ale is designed to replicate the flavours of a rustic cherry cola. Soured using Bière de Coupage from our barrel programme, this unorthodox beer was blended with both sweet and sour cherry juice before we added our secret blend.
It's mouthwateringly tart and smooth with a palate-cleansing, dry finish. At first, the complex flavour profile is dominated by fresh cherry juice and tangy cola bottle sweets, before the subtle spicing creeps up on you, delivering notes of cinnamon, cocoa powder and a light vanilla sweetness. Sour cherry compote also lingers long into the finish.
Try Purple Bobbins on draft or in can now from @cloudwaterunit9 and at 73 Enid Street next week.