Brewery Shop Temporarily Closed

Brewery Shop Temporarily Closed

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Hello friends and supporters. Regrettably we have had to close our on-site brewery shop with immediate effect. We must pull together to bring a swift end to this crisis so from this point forward we discourage our customers from coming in person to the brewery. DO PLEASE continue to ORDER ONLINE and we will deliver bottles/mini-casks/cans etc… FREE OF CHARGE to local doorsteps as long as we possibly can. For addresses beyond 20miles we will use our national courier service. We obviously hope to re-open our doors to visitors when we come through this difficult time.

OPEN SATURDAY

OPEN SATURDAY

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We are open for a few hours on Saturday 21st March 10am-1pm.

We have a full range of bottles, take home 4pt carry-kegs, 9pt mini-casks and cans for stocking your home bar in readiness for Mother’s Day and Easter. The shops are a nightmare at the moment. We have plenty of space, parking and can make the transaction contactless.

These are extraordinary times and we are doing what we can to supply the market now the pubs have shut. Our thoughts are with all our fabulous LandLords at this awful time for them

Let’s pull together. Let us know what else we can do…

Free Home Delivery

Free Home Delivery

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WOW! Crazy times indeed. Our thoughts go out to everyone adversely affected by the current Corona Virus pandemic.

In the light of government advice that people stay away from pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants, we are especially mindful of the significant impact on our industry. We are being as flexible and accommodating as we can be with our trade customers who face very difficult times and we are all pulling together to get through this.

Our BREWERY SHOP IS OPEN for take home beer. And we are offering FREE HOME DELIVERY within a 20 mile radius of Bishop Nick in Braintree. We will endeavour to deliver within a 3 working day window but ask for your patience and understanding as we sort out the logistics. We can arrange a NO CONTACT exchange of goods and payment can be taken online or over the phone.

You can order online and all orders over £30 will be delivered free of charge either by one of our drivers or a commercial courier (enter your postcode at checkout to adjust shipping costs). Alternatively you can call us on 01376 349 605 and place an order over the phone. We will monitor the situation and react and inform you of any changes to our services over the coming weeks.

We have a full range of bottled beers, Martyr in can, 9pt mini-casks (perfect for Mother’s Day and Easter) and made to order 18pt and 36pt pins. Try some of our new Limited Editions which have sold out in cask.

We assure you that we are a small team, operating in a large space with high standards of cleanliness and hygiene. The safety of our staff and customers is our top priority and measures are being taken to ensure all consumables are handled with the utmost vigilance.

THE SHOP IS OPEN 9am-4.30pm MON – FRI (FREE PARKING)

Brewer’s Blog

Brewer’s Blog

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Brewer’s Blog: Hello again, Alex here with a few spare minutes to update you on the comings and goings in the brew house.

I got the impression that Christmas was a success. I’m not very good with figures and I’m not at the sharp end on the phone, but what I do know is that we were very busy and the cold room and bottle store were left empty on Christmas Eve. For the first time in my short career at Bishop Nick, our entire range of one-off specials were depleted from the shop (“Crown” and “Prancer” sold better than expected). This could only mean one thing – better get some more brewed for the New Year!

I’ve always found January to be a strange month. Customers go wild for beer in December and then want to abstain the following month. All that effort for Christmas and then everyone disappears after promising to give up beer for the New Year. Luckily for breweries, this resolution usually crumbles after a week or two and the beer drinkers come back looking for a low gravity, flavoursome, but easy drinking bitter. To satisfy them we brewed “Vision” for the arrival of 2020 (vision – 20-20, get it?). This 3.8% amber ale has a good caramel malt sweetness from the pale crystal and Vienna malts, balanced by an easy going bitterness, and finishing with a fruitiness from the Cascade and Simcoe hops. It’s proved to be a popular medication for the January Blues as it’s already sold out in cask, but luckily we have plenty of bottles available.

One resolution we made for 2020 at Bishop Nick was to brew a stout, and depending on it’s popularity, keep one on sale for the darker months – or maybe longer! I like dark beers, I always have done since my grandfather offered me a 330ml can of Guinness Original at the Bush Inn in Robeston Wathen, Pembrokeshire. I was only 14, but I was told it was full of iron and would help me develop into a top class Welsh rugby international. I diligently followed his orders and my father gave me a can every Saturday evening with my steak supper. I adored the roasty bitterness of the Guinness, but hated rugby, so my grandfather’s master plan was doomed. On leaving home at 18, I took up my father’s hobby of home brewing and 50% of my output was dark. Dark beer wasn’t particularly fashionable at the time, drinkers seemed to be more interested in Caffreys and smoothflow and all that nonsense, but I was pleasantly surprised when I moved to Cardiff. Cardiff is the home of Brain’s Brewery and their best beer (in my opinion) was their “Dark”. This was the first time the style of mild had appeared on my beer radar. I had discounted it for years based on my father’s advice that it was bland and of poor quality, drunk in volumes by people who knew no better. However, a well brewed dark beer, be it a stout, strong ale, porter or mild always has plenty of flavour, owing to the liberal use of roasted malts and should never be discounted as substandard. Unfortunately dark milds earned a poor reputation in the mid 20th Century when bigger breweries started churning out flavourless imitations coloured with caramel.

In 2001 I started as the brewer at Mighty Oak in Maldon, and unusually for a south eastern brewery back then, they brewed a mild called “Oscar Wilde”. I made a point of taking a minipin of Oscar home with me at the end of my first week. To be honest with you, it was really poor, but it made me very determined to improve it. It’s main failing was the recipe called for caramel and only a small quantity of black malt – not enough to get your taste buds tickling. So the caramel got chucked and the black and crystal malts were given stage, and that was that. Over the course of the next ten years, sales went from a few firkins a week to 30 or 40, culminating in it winning Champion Beer of Britain in 2011. People really fell in love with it, and I always attribute that to “Oscar Wilde” being on the roasty end of the mild spectrum.

I’ve probably now drifted well away from the subject of stout, indeed anyone reading this may have already drifted off, but what I’m getting at is there is a demand for dark beers, and simple ones at that. Don’t throw in jazzy tropical fruit hops or 20 exotic continental malts to the recipe, just make them roasty, robust and easy to drink. Therefore, to fulfil our resolution, we’ve brewed our stout called “Devout”. At 4.5%, it’s not an exotic, blow your head off “craft” beer interpretation, but one that takes the slight crystal malt sweetness and easy drinking nature of a mild, and combines that with the assertive roast barley and chocolate malts of a stout. To further enhance the drinking experience, we’ve added plenty of malted oats to give those dark chocolate and espresso flavours a creaminess in the finish and to round off the bitter edges associated with a stout. Our first batch sold out really quickly in cask but we are brewing it again this Friday to meet with demand. “Devout” has been bottled too. People seem to like it – the phones are busy! Let us know if you do or don’t, and if you don’t, we’ll resolve to make it better. One resolution I’ll never make though is to play rugby!

DEVOUT

DEVOUT

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Devout is our new Limited Edition. This delectably smooth stout is the answer to your prayers! It’s been a little while since we brought out a new dark beer and we’re really rather pleased with this one. Loosely based on the Devout stout we brewed four years ago this recipe has been modified by our master brewer who certainly knows his dark beers having won Champion Beer of Britain for his Mild at Mighty Oak.

Expect velvety smoothness and a long bittersweet finish. with notes of roasted coffee, liquorice and chocolate.

For the savoury pair with a generously seared steak and for the sweet, enjoy with a fruity pudding.

We hope you like our new look Limited Editions too.

VISION

VISION

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Brand new for 2020 – VISION. A Limited Edition Amber Ale at an easy drinking 3.8%. Try January! Now available in cask.

This is a floral amber ale with grapefruit and pine aromas, and a recipe of sweet crystal, Vienna and Maris Otter malt plus some Simcoe and Cascade for a long hoppy finish.

We had a brilliant Christmas to finish off a bumper year of sales. The shelves are looking a little bare as all of our Limited Edition beers were snapped up in the lead up to the festivities. But we are expecting VISION back in bottle next week soon to be followed by a deliciously smooth stout which we’re brewing at the end of this week.

We took all of our online sales in-house at the beginning of the winter and I’m pleased to say that’s all going well and online sales were definitely up on last year. We like having closer contact with our customers and more control over transportation.

You will probably have noticed that we’ve got a new design for our Limited Editions too. Thought it was time to shake things up a bit. We hope you like them.

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone. Thank you for your continued support.

Festive Opening Hours

Festive Opening Hours

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This is when we are open for business guys:
For last minute beer needs….
Friday 20th – 9am – 4.30pm
Saturday 21st – 10am – 1pm
Monday 23rd – 9am – 4.30pm
Christmas Eve – 9am – 1pm
Christmas Day/Boxing Day – closed
Thurs 27th – 9am – 4.30pm
Friday 28th – 9am – 4.30pm
Saturday 29th – closed
Monday 30th – 9am – 4.30pm
Tuesday 31st – 9am – 1pm

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!