Winter Limited Editions

Winter Limited Editions

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We are open, brewing and delivering as usual and it is so nice seeing the odd customer pop in.  Our drivers are getting to know the back streets of Essex very well and we thank all our online customers for their support.  To brighten up your January we have brought back our extra-pale blond ale from early last year.  FLAXEN (blond ale) was a big hit and we now have it available in mini-cask, minipin and polypin.  We are waiting for bottles to come back and hope that will be soon.  Keep an eye out.  FLAXEN (blond ale) is a crisp and refreshing straw coloured ale with a long hoppy finish.  First brewed last March we decided to bring it back as it proved a real hit.

On the other end of the colour spectrum we’ve got our deliciously dark DEVOUT back in bottle too after a brief hiatus.  This 4.5 stout is a sumptuously smooth winter warmer with a bittersweet finish and we have that in 500ml bottle, 9pt mini-cask, 18pt minipin and 36pt polypin.

With plenty of stock of our core beers, we have something for everyone.  Why not try a mixed case if undecided or fancy a variety.

CHRISTMAS OPENING TIMES

CHRISTMAS OPENING TIMES

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Our brewery shop will be open for collections through to Christmas Eve:

OPENING TIMES

MON-FRI 9am-4.30pm

(THURS 9am – 6.30pm)

SAT 10am-1pm

Christmas Eve 9am-1pm

25-28th December CLOSED

31st Dec 9am-1pm

New Year’s Day CLOSED

Pre-order your beer online and select I WILL COLLECT at check-out. We will prepare your order for you and alert you when it is ready. We have ample parking and offer a contactless transaction and exchange of goods.

Thank you for supporting your local brewery

BISHOP’S ALE now ON SALE

BISHOP’S ALE now ON SALE

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Bishop’s Ale is now available in 330ml bottle and mini-cask.  We have companion stemmed glasses with our esteemed figure head on and neat little gift sets for Christmas.  All available on our web-shop and at the brewery which is open to the public Monday-Friday.
Alex says “I don’t get the opportunity to brew barley wine style beers very often, but a while back Nelion fancied trying to recreate the original Ridley’s “Bishop’s Ale”.  Fortunately, a few bottles of the original survived at Bishop Nick, and despite being 14 years beyond their best before date, we stood well back and cracked one open to sample it.  It was a bit of a taste sensation, sweet toffee, figs and raisins, and owing to it’s age and the inevitable effects of oxidation, it had a striking resemblance to Pedro Ximenez sherry.  It’s still early days for the new “Bishop’s Ale”, but very early samplings have the same malty sweetness, hints of dark fruit and a balancing bitterness – no doubt a bit of ageing will allow further flavours to develop.  It should be a good choice with dessert or after dinner on a cold evening.
Who knows what Christmas will bring this year?  We have tried to prepare for all eventualities by brewing three different ales to cater for both home and pub drinking.  With the assumption that more beer will be consumed at home, we’ve decided to be a bit brave this year and have brewed two strong ales – “Bishop’s Ale”, weighing in at a hefty 7.5%, and “Rejoice” at a slightly more modest 5.6%.  However, don’t worry if you’re looking for a slightly lighter ale, we’ve also decided to re-brew the popular hoppy golden 3.8% “Crown” this year.  Both the “Crown” and “Rejoice” are in cask and we are waiting on bottles whereas the “Bishop’s Ale” is out of the tank, some of it is in little pins for the pub trade, and the remainder is now available in 330ml bottles and mini-casks.
Some of our fans who were brought up on Ridleys have sampled the Bishop’s Ale and give it the thumbs up.  We have created a giftable stemmed glass to go with it and a smart gift set including two bottles and one glass which would make a perfect present for Christmas.
Brewer’s blog

Brewer’s blog

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Hello Bishop Nick drinkers, I’m sorry I haven’t written a blog for a long while, but since I last had a jovial chat back in February or March, things took a turn for the worse.  Back then, Corona Virus was just a curiosity happening on the other side of the world, but international travel soon brought it to our shores.  Thankfully we remained operational during the lockdown, indeed we were very busy filling bottles, mini casks and polypins for home delivery and although the brew schedule slowed down, a good few months were spent in the cold room preparing orders for our customers.  During the Spring and Summer we also managed to fit in some limited edition brews – the blonde “Flaxen” (sold out very quickly), the fruity golden “Revelry 2020”, “Prosper” and “Respect”.  The “Prosper” was a favourite of mine – we used copious amounts of Mosaic hops (the first time I had used this variety), and despite it always being a bit risky making a single hop variety brew, it turned out well, with plenty of citrus and pine flavours.  It’s also still available in bottle, as is the “Respect” – a red ale, brewed with rye to give a dry liquorice character and hopped with the robust English Bramling Cross hop.
Moving into Autumn, things have understandably slowed down a bit.  People are back at work, pubs are trying to operate with restrictions and limited capacity and those long warm evenings in the beer garden have turned dark, cold and wet.  The slow down has given us the opportunity to prepare for Halloween and Christmas a bit earlier.  The annual brew of the porter “Witch Hunt” went without a hitch and is now available in cask, mini cask, polypins and bottles.  The bottles arrived today – Nelion and I couldn’t resist a quick sample and it’s got a big thumbs up!  Roasty, nutty, a bit of bitterness and a long dry finish and worth trying.
Who knows what Christmas will bring this year?  We have tried to prepare for all eventualities by brewing three different ales to cater for both home and pub drinking.  With the assumption that more beer will be consumed at home, we’ve decided to be a bit brave this year and have brewed a strong ale –  “Rejoice” at a fairly hefty 5.6% and full of dark fruit and nut flavours with a big bittersweet finish.  However, don’t worry if you’re looking for a slightly lighter ale, we’ve also decided to re-brew the popular hoppy golden 3.8% “Crown” this year (my favourite Bishop Nick beer I’ve brewed by the way).  Both the “Crown” and “Rejoice” are still sitting in the fermentation vessel, waiting to be racked, whilst our third brew for Christmas is still a bit of a secret – watch this space, it could be a bit special…
GREAT TASTE AWARD

GREAT TASTE AWARD

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All three of our core brands now have Great Taste gold stars!

Great Taste, the world’s most trusted food and drink awards, has announced its stars of 2020. Out of 12,777 products sent in from 106 different countries, we were awarded a gold star Great Taste award, which means judges dubbed it a beer that delivers fantastic flavour, for our HERESY Golden Ale.  This is added to the Great Taste stars awarded to us last year for RIDLEY’S RITE and 1555.

Judged by 144 of the most discerning palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as food writers and journalists, Great Taste is the most coveted of all food and drink awards. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to an outstanding product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind tasting.

This year’s winners have been found through a combination of remote judging and socially distanced judging sessions, after the lockdown began just one week into the schedule. This necessitated a swift and comprehensive reinvention of the Great Taste process to ensure that robust judging standards were maintained and the quality of feedback was not compromised, all in time to provide a much-needed boost for food and drink producers during the all-important Christmas period.

In 2019 we were awarded gold star Great Taste awards for our RIDLEY’S RITE and our amber ale 1555. The logo has added value to our business in terms of credibility, opening doors to new retailers, and ultimately increasing sales.  So this award for our golden ale makes it a hat-trick for our core brands.

Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging. Whether it is cake, coffee, kippers or kombucha being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a Great Taste star.

The panel of judges this year included; cook, writer and champion of sustainable food, Melissa Hemsley, cook, writer, stylist and voice of modern vegetarian cooking, Anna Jones, celebrated Spanish chef, José Pizarro, Kavi Thakrar from Dishoom, food writer and cook, Xanthe Clay, and baker and author, Martha Collison, as well as drinks buyers from Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason and Waitrose.

 

NEW LOOK MINICASKS

NEW LOOK MINICASKS

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We love our new look minicasks.  These little fellas have been so popular during lock down that we found ourselves ordering them way more frequently and could justify getting them branded.  And we’re so glad we did.  They look brilliant.  All our core beers available in minicask, minipin and polypin.  Check the web shop for stock levels as it does fluctuate with demand.  They are perfect for BBQ’s and for taking to friends for a get together.  Filled with live beer, they just need to settle for a few hours to ensure a clear pint.  So much nicer to serve than from a bottle and plenty to go round unless you have a thirst on!  A mere snip at £20.  They have a good 6 week shelf life once they leave us and once opened need to be consumed in 2-3 days.  Keep cool and steady.

Then when you’re done, fill them with sand and use them as a door stop!

 

FATHER’S DAY

FATHER’S DAY

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New 6 bottle presentation packs have arrived just in time for Father’s Day.  Made up with a selection of our best selling beers and with the option of gift-wrapping. Pre-order yours today for collection or we deliver for free if the order amounts to £30 or more and within 20miles of the brewery.

We are opening every day this week from 9.30am-4.30pm and we are planning to open this Saturday for Father’s Day collections.

We now have REVELRY 2020 in stock in bottle and in mini-cask.  A delicious golden ale which is slipping down nicely in this weather.  Mini-casks available of all our beers and bigger quantities if you’re managing to get together with friends (or are particularly thirsty).

Sad not to be meeting up with everyone for our annual Revelry Day on Sunday but watch this space – we plan to celebrate Bishop Nick’s 10th anniversary next year.

Happy Father’s Day y’all.  Keep on keeping on!

From all at Bishop Nick

MAY BANK HOLIDAY BEER

MAY BANK HOLIDAY BEER

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Have you ordered your May Bank Holiday beer? Cut off is midnight Wednesday 21st May for guaranteed (FREE LOCAL) delivery by Saturday afternoon. See our webshop for availability. We have bottles, mini-casks, minipins and polypins available. Shipping charges will be deducted at checkout if your address is within 20miles of the brewery and your order is £30 or more.

Not that any of us are really sure what day of the week it is, we reckon it’s still worth making a fuss about a Bank Holiday. Try our new REVELRY 2020 golden ale for something different. We’d love to know what you make of it.

Keep on keeping on everyone and thank you for your ongoing support.

REVELRY 2020

REVELRY 2020

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REVELRY 2020 is our new Limited Edition golden ale for the summer. Regrettably REVELRY DAY won’t be taking place this year but we can be together in spirit. This is a super-refreshing summer fruit salad of a beer. Thirst quenching and quite delicious. Made to make your mouth water, we have thrown in Vienna and Caramalt for a rich biscuit maltiness and generously hopped. Decadence both in aroma and aftertaste.

Now available in cask, mini-cask and polypin and soon to be in 500ml bottles (watch this space).

Allow yourself a little REVELRY and keep your eye on the prize. We’ll get together again soon.