Brewer’s Blog – my favourite time of year!

Brewer’s Blog – my favourite time of year!

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Hello everybody, it hasn’t escaped my notice that I haven’t written a blog for ages. It’s been a little hectic over the Summer and Autumn and brewing activities have occupied every spare hour – not only did Bishop Nick have to keep up with the usual late Summer demand for sacred ale, but it also had the small matter of a large contract with Wetherspoons to distribute “Divine” nationally. As the flurry of “Brew Day Experience” visitors found out – Friday was “Divine Day” for the last 10 weeks. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves helping me brew the stuff, especially the bit where I had to crawl about on my hands and knees to gather up the spent hops (see attached photos, taken by James the brain surgeon on a visit in early September).


Anyway, I hope everyone is enjoying the “Divine” these days. We have enjoyed getting to know this beer much better ourselves and have given it a minor tweak of the recipe by adding a little more crystal malt to increase the body and nuttiness and also increased the hopping levels. Judging by it’s increase in popularity, we may have won over a few more customers.

Now it’s now December and we have the elephant in the room that comes to visit annually called the “C-word”. This year we have brewed two extra special ales for the festive period (both available in bottle) – “Prancer” at 4.5% and “Crown” at 3.8%. They are very different in character – “Prancer” is a more traditional, full-bodied deep ruby coloured ale, brewed with crystal rye malts and the English Challenger and fruity Bramling Cross hops – perfect with your main course and pudding. “Crown“, however is a lighter golden ale, hopped with the citrusy Comet and floral Cascade hop and designed to refresh you or to be drunk with your starter or just a bag of nuts, whatever takes your fancy…Bottles, minicasks, minipins and polypins will be available in our brewery shop and remember that the shop will be open Monday to Friday 9.00a,-4.30pm and we are open SATURDAYS from 10am to 1pm from this weekend through to the 21st December for all your beery gifts, including our excellent tankards.

If you don’t hear from me for a while, it’s because I’ll be wrestling with that elephant, so have a good C-word and I’ll see you all when the dust has settled.

Christmas gift pack

Christmas gift pack

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New this year is this compact 4-bottle Christmas gift pack. It’ll make a perfect gift for husband, son-in-law, fiance, neighbour, teacher…. and trust us they’ll prefer it to socks! Online we sell these containing our two limited editions and two core beers and in our brewery shop you can fill them with beers of your choosing. With fun and festive branding your job is done – an easy winner. Buy yours now. Only £12.50

PRANCER available

PRANCER available

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PRANCER is our hero Christmas beer and it certainly packs a festive punch. A rich ruby ale at a comfortable but hearty 4.5%, Prancer is guaranteed to pull you through the coldest night. This beer conjures up all that is fabulous about this time of year – lovely sweet flavours of your favourite festive fruits and sticky toffee and biscuit. This beer will go down well with your mince pies and sausage rolls and see if you can engineer a little roaring fire to sit beside while you’re at it. Happy Christmas!

CROWN now available

CROWN now available

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CROWN is one of our new Limited Edition brews for Christmas. It is a refreshing and easy-drinking Golden Ale at 3.8%. With uplifting aromas of citrus fruits and florals Crown is crisp on the palate and has a biscuity malt backbone. A perfect alternative to the heavier festive ales on the bars at this time of year this one will go down well with your starter or Christmas nibbles. We have a limited stock in cask and it is part of our Christmas promotion so we anticipate it selling quickly. We also have plenty in bottle so order yours now for the cabinet – you never know who might pop round. This Crown is most definitely fit for a king.