Breweries

Jaxon

Stancill Brewery

Stancill Brewery completes expansion

After enjoying a record-breaking start to 2017, Stancill Brewery has been operating close to capacity in recent months and in order to meet rising demands for its award-winning ales, the brewery has invested in a new universal tank.

The new 30bbl tank will enable the brewery to increase the number of weekly brews it produces and capable of producing both ale and lager.

Strong and powerfully hopped: Introducing Stancill’s new IPA.

One of the first beers to be earmarked for Stancill’s planned line of canned beers is a brand new, as of yet unnamed IPA. At 6.2% it is the strongest beer produced to date by Stancill Brewery and will use more than three times the typical amount of hops used within a regular brew!

It’s not just the quantity of hops which have been added to beer which makes Stancill’s new IPA one to look out for, but the brewing process used. Featuring four different hop varieties, the beer has been brewed using the aromatic Simcoe, Mosaic and Eldorado hops which are complemented with Amarillo hop flavours added during the dry hop process. The new beer is set to be launched in early August.

Jaxon: The sequel

One of Stancill’s most popular specials of 2016 was developed by apprentice brewer Jonathan Brown after rising to a challenge to create a beer based around his own tastes.

The resulting beer was Jaxon, a well hopped brew which featured delicate spicy notes. Named in honour of his first son, Jaxon, the beer proved to be an instant hit but as many readers will know, brewers all strive for perfection!  And with twelve more months’ brewing knowhow under his belt, Jonathan decided to revisit his original recipe, applying some of his newly acquired skills to the original recipe.

The result is a new incarnation of Jaxon: the original hop combination has been developed to feature a triple hop combination of Cascade, Styrian Goldings and Mittelfrüh varieties, adding greater depth to the aroma and tastes of the beer, resulting in an aromatic, well-flavoured beer. One of the first to inspect the new beer was Jaxon who was given the VIP treatment during his special visit to the brewery to see his dad hard at work perfecting Stancill’s latest summer special.

Jaxon (the beer!) and the new IPA will be available at Stancill’s pubs throughout Sheffield during August. CAMRA members can benefit from a 20% discount on production of their CAMRA card at all Stancill Brewery pubs: The Horse and Jockey, Wadsley, The Norfolk Arms, Grenoside, and the newly opened Albion on London Road.

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Blue Bee Brewery

We have two of our personal favourite beers back for August. The first of these is Born in the USA, 6.0%. This IPA combines three great American hop varieties: Mosaic, Citra and Ekuanot which together give big tropical fruit flavours and resinous notes.  Secondly is Ginger Beer, 4.5% – perfect for the summer this pale ale is packed with fresh root ginger to give a fiery ginger kick leaving a lingering spicy finish.

On top of this we have a couple of brand-new beers to keep an eye out for. Firstly Space Invader, 4.7%, a porter brewed with rye malt and Sorachi Ace hops; expect a dry roasted malt flavour backed up with a slight hints of coconut from the hops. On the pale front our single hopped IPA will be Nelson Sauvin IPA, 5.0%, showcasing this fantastic New Zealand hop which has bags of grapefruit flavours. Finally, another New Zeland hopped beer but this one is a little less strong: Dr Rudi Pale, 3.7%, is the perfect session beer for the sunny weather with light citrus and lemon grass flavours.

Josh Jepson

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Abbeydale Brewery

We are writing this month’s Beer Matters submission live from Sunfest! We hope those of you who came down had a great weekend, as always it’s such a highlight of the year for us and we hope that the eleventh Sunfest lived up to everyone’s expectations! We are so pleased to have had Cavendish Cancer Care on board as our charity for this year too – look out next month for confirmation of how much we raised for them over the weekend.

The Sheffield Beer Census has just been released, and we are delighted and proud to see us top the list of “most seen” breweries, with Moonshine flying the flag for us as the most popular beer in our fine city too.

In new beer news, we have some real treats out this month. Firstly, we’ve teamed up with the guys at Brewdog Sheffield again to create a mango and lychee pale ale, with oodles of fruit complemented by New Zealand hops. Cold Conscience, 4.5%, available in both cask and keg, has been named by local band Alvarez Kings who have recently played at the wonderful Tramlines festival!

Voyager 5, 5.8%, is one of this month’s new additions to the Brewers Emporium, sailing onward straight for sunnier shores and hopped with Mosaic, Amarillo, Cascade and Simcoe for a gloriously fruity flavour… think mango, guava and pineapple, balanced with a piney finish. Joining our Voyager is an all new Salvation, now on number four, which this time is a Jamaica Ginger Cake inspired stout and one we all can’t wait to try. So as long as we don’t accidentally drink all this one before it leaves the brewery, expect to see this in bars around the middle of the month.

Keep your eyes peeled also for Doctor Morton’s Desert Sand, a 4.1% pale hopped with Cascade and Ella. It’s this beer’s second outing with our favourite previous Untappd description being “a Hellfire hoppy pale ale” (thanks Richard V, 2013).

Finally, we hope that by the time you read this we will have installed our second bright beer tank which should help us expand our capabilities for canning, so watch this space! This really is the last tank we can fit into our current premises before we fully run out of room. Don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter at abbeydalebrewery.co.uk to be the first to receive updates on our moving plans!

Cheers,

Dan and Laura

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Neepsend Brew Co

We’ve recently gone into our back catalogue for fresh batches of a couple of beers we’ve brewed previously. Annona is a 4.2% Oatmeal Pale showcasing one of our very favourite hop varieties, Mosaic, to give bags of tropical fruit and blueberry flavours complemented by the smoothness and body the addition of oats provides. This one is a thirst-quenching, seriously drinkable summer pale.

Sharpshooter is another old favourite we last brewed around a year ago that utilises another personal favourite hop, Nelson Sauvin, which imparts grapefruit, gooseberry and big fruity white wine notes. Because of the high demand on this particular New Zealand variety we haven’t had any to play with for some time but have managed to bag enough at least to resurrect our 4.7% NZ Pale briefly for this summer.  Bittered with Pacific Jade and then liberally dosed with Nelson for aroma and dry hopping, the result is a punchy, dry, fruity pale.

We also, of course, have kept the new beers coming. Recently they have included Litchi, a 4.7% Lychee Oat Pale, Hansl, a 6.0% Vienna IPA hopped with five of juiciest US hops around, Tessera, a 3.9% summer pale and Assane, a 4.4% pale ale hopped with Comet and Cascade that flew out of the brewery in record time.

The latest single-hopped IPA, Waimea IPA, is our first time brewing with the New Zealand hop variety of the same name. Apex is a 4.2% American Red brewed with Red X malt for a fantastic ruby hue and not lacking in hop character through large doses of Comet and Summit. Cherry Stout is…well, a cherry stout! 5% with a robust dark malt base and the addition of morello cherries for a subtle fruity finish.

That’s all on top of our one permanent beer, Blonde, which we’ve been struggling to keep up with demand for and brewing twice a week when we can find room in the brew schedule. So all in all it’s been a nice and busy (if sweaty) summer at the brewery!

Gavin Martin

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Bradfield Brewery

Whilst Christmas may seem still a while away, it is very much the top of the agenda this month at Bradfield Brewery. Our brew-to-bottle schedule is a little hectic to say the least and an early start is required to make sure we get enough in stock to meet the festive demand!

Speaking of Christmas – for all those counting down for the festive tipple Belgian Blue – the summery Farmer’s Blueberry Ale, 4.4%, is available to ease the wait! Available throughout August while stocks last!

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Exit 33 Brewing

We have brewed three specials for August. Two Tone, 4.6%, is a pale ale hopped with Citra, Simcoe and Mosaic. It was first brewed last year but we enjoyed it so much we decided to brew it again. Next up we have Simcoe, 4.1%, a single-hop special using both late and dry hopping to great effect. Finally, we have Raspberry Wheat, 4.5%, a fruity wheat beer that is unfined and naturally cloudy.

Furthermore, a new member of staff has joined the team to bolster our new business development and plans are in the pipeline to attend trade shows abroad with a view to exporting.

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Welbeck Abbey Brewery

With summer in full swing we have chosen the ideal time to launch our new and improved minikeg range.  We were overwhelmed with minikeg sales over the festive period, and they have continued to be one of our most popular products this year – so much so that we had to stop production in June when we ran out!

With our new branding spanning across the rest of our product range, we thought it was the perfect time to upgrade the look of our minikegs as well and we think the end result is impressive!  They are vegan friendly and require no settling time, which makes them the perfect companion for a summer picnic or barbecue.  They are available across our core range, which now includes the lager-style pale ‘Kaiser’ and can be purchased locally at our micropub Portland House on Ecclesall road.

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Fuggle Bunny Brew House

The award-winning Fuggle Bunny Brew House is hopping over to Worksop to open the first of many little fuggles!

After a successful launch in 2014, Fuggle Bunny has gone from strength to strength, growing ever more popular.  Not just because this cheeky little character’s adventures are full of fun, but for bringing an age-old tradition bang up to date with its unique story telling, fun and contemporary edge and for creating amazing quality craft ales which are now being sold nationally.  Therefore we thought it was time to spread a little bit of “fuggleness” elsewhere by bringing a bit of fun to a little corner of Worksop, together with some cracking award-winning ales, specialised spirits, wine, prosecco and champagne to our little ale house called Fuggle’s Chapter One, which we are looking to open in the summer of 2017.

Initially we will be concentrating on the drinks side and a few bar snacks, but later on we will be serving sharing boards and platters together with our award winning Steak and Ale Fuggle pie, but let’s walk before we can run!  Keep an eye out for the actual opening day which will not be too far away… Fuggle looks forward to meeting you all soon.

Wendy Steeple

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Welbeck Abbey Brewery

With the summer months upon us our brewery tours are in full swing! We are so pleased to be hosting these again this year, and the turn out so far has been fantastic. Tours will be running monthly and finishing in September so grab tickets while you still can! For details or to buy online visit our website at www.welbeckabbeybrewery.co.uk.

We have some fantastic specials on this month as well. We start with Admiral Keppel, a 4.3% golden English ale brewed with Admiral hops which brings pithy bitterness and the delicate aroma of spiced oranges.

Next we’ve brewed Peachwall, a gutsy American IPA hopped with Sorachi Ace and Azacca for big-hitting tropical fruit flavours and a subtly peachy aroma.  It boasts an impressive 5.2% and is dangerously drinkable.

We finish with the ever popular Tink’s Pixie Dust Pale.  Named after our head brewer James (or who we like to call Tinkerbell the beer fairy), this 3.9% fruity session pale is brewed from a magical blend of hops from three continents and is the perfect companion for a summer day!  Each of our beers tells a story, and you can read more about the inspiration behind them on our website.

Enjoy the summer months!

Abbeydale Schemer

Abbeydale Brewery

How has it got to July, or as it’s known here at Abbeydale “Sunfest month”, already?! We all can’t wait to put Sunfest on at the Rising Sun for the 11th time this year and hope to see (or have seen, depending on when you read this!) many of you there between the 6th and 9th of July. Make sure you try a pint of our beer brewed in support of Cavendish Cancer Care too, with 10p from every pint going to the charity.

In other news! Firstly, we’re very excited to announce we will be brewing three collaborations this month. We will be creating a historical collaboration brew with renowned beer historian Ron Pattison and Jules from Sheffield Beer Week. Look out for our strong Scotch ale coming soon, with some of the brew being kept back and aged in wooden barrels to be released during Sheffield Beer Week 2018! We’re also rustling up another fruity concoction (as yet unnamed) with the pups at Brewdog Sheffield, to be released towards the end of the month. And finally, two of the team are heading over to Barcelona for the return leg of our collaboration with the lovely guys from Insituto de la Cerveza Artesana, who brewed Encantada with us earlier in the year.

Abbeydale Bag O'Nuts

In terms of beers making their way onto bars this month, we’ll have our latest Beerhead, Schemer (3.8%), plotting his way into your pint glass! Dry hopped with Azacca for a hit of mango on the aroma, and a piney, citrusy flavour. The aforementioned charity beer will be on offer too, Triple C, hopped with three different hops beginning with C! Doctor Morton is up to his old tricks shaking his Bag O’ Nuts (4.1% pale) and finally we have a release of Arson (4.4%) with brand new artwork. Expect fruity aromas with hints of biscuit and caramel complemented by a bitter orange finish.

Cheers all!

Laura