Open Saturdays till Christmas

Open Saturdays till Christmas

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Our brewery shop is open from 10am-1pm on Saturdays from this weekend through till Christmas.  We have a good range of bottles, mini-casks and gifts.  If you’re wanting to collect minipins or polypins please call ahead to see if we have stock made up.  We have ample free parking and offer contactless transactions.

If you want to pre-order for collection just tick that option at checkout on our web-shop.

We look forward to seeing you.

 

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.

Storing your beer at home

Storing your beer at home

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We want you to enjoy your beer as much as you would at the pub so here are a few pointers which may help especially as we are experiencing some glorious warm and sunny weather:

We’ve handled your beer with care and if you do too you will enjoy a characterful pint.

Below are some notes from the brewer himself (he’s a scientist you know!). Essentially the message is keep it cool and keep it steady. Not too warm and not too chilled. (Garage is perfect)

If anything unclear just ping us a message and we’ll respond as soon as we can but please be mindful we are a small team responding to challenging times and are very busy.

Stay safe everyone and enjoy the ‘holiday’ weekend.

From all at Bishop Nick

All the minicasks, polypins, minipins, and most of our bottled ale are living products – it has not been filtered to remove the yeast, which continues to slowly digest the residual malt sugars left in the beer after the primary fermentation has finished. Yeast cells behave like humans, if they feel cold they go to bed and hibernate, but in warmer conditions they wake up and start feeding on the sugars, converting them to more alcohol and crucially carbon dioxide.

If you keep your beer unopened at 20 degrees or more, it will become quite gassy and will ultimately have a drier, thinner mouthfeel (loss of malt sugars). This is not a huge problem but your beer won’t be as perfect as I’d like it to be.

The big problems will arise if you allow air to get to your overly warm beer. Air is the enemy to good beer as it allows the aerobic bacteria Acetobacter to thrive, which slowly turns your beer sour. This is not a problem for your bottles, and shouldn’t be an issue for the polypins and minipins (they have a collapsable bag which prevents air ingress), but it is an issue for the minicasks as they behave like a normal cask – every time you draw a pint of beer from it, a pint of air is drawn into the cask to replace the lost volume.

The process of acetification is accelerated by warmth. In warm weather it is always better to keep your beer too cold than too warm. I must stress this is only my opinion – I don’t take too much notice of instructions not to store things in the fridge as your beer will come to no harm and it will extend it’s life.

Just remember to take your bottle out the fridge 20 minutes or so before you drink it as beer loses it’s flavour at less than 10 degrees.

The mini-casks can also be stored in the fridge, if you don’t have space, just take out the non-essentials (like salad, vegetables etc).

You may find temperatures less than 6 degrees causes a chill haze to develop (it’s just protein, don’t worry about that – it’ll disappear if you let the pint warm up, it’s because we don’t filter our beer).

If you have a garage or shed, keep your minipins, minicasks and polypins there as the cool nights and warm days will keep your beer at an average temperature of 13 or 14.

Bottles can be stored at room temperature, but if you like a cooler pint, pop in it in the fridge an hour or so before serving.

If you want your minicask to keep for longer than three days after opening, you’ll need to keep it cool, but really I’d hope you’d have polished it all off by then 😉

FLAXEN

FLAXEN

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Flaxen – new for Easter. Blonde ale at 4.2% So disappointing that we can’t sell this in cask to the pubs at this time because it’s a goodun. We do have it available in minicask and bottle though (in minipin/polypin depending on your thirst!)

Essentially this is a hoppy fruity number which pours a pale straw colour. If you liked East Street – you’ll like this. Give it a go.

Make sure your orders are in by the end of Wednesday to guarantee deliveries before Easter.

Just a reminder that we are offering free home deliveries to addresses within 20miles of the brewery (applies to orders over £30).