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!

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.


Witch Hunt now in bottle

Witch Hunt now in bottle

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Witch Hunt (4.2%) is back in bottle for the Autumn. Always really popular for Halloween and Bonfire Night, this bewitching brew is devilishly dark and smooth.

Roasted chocolate malt defines this classic British porter and thrown in to the cauldron with it are Fuggles, Goldings, Celeia and Aurora hops.

Nearly sold out in cask but bottles will be around for the rest of the year. Make sure you have some in the store when it comes time to make your Christmas cake or figgy pudding.  Also makes a wonderful chutney.

GOSPEL

GOSPEL

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This is the Gospel according to Bishop Nick, a letter to beer drinkers of the land. If you are after a Premium golden ale which smacks of summer then you’ve come to the right church!

Our new Limited Edition brew, Gospel, is a strong, rich golden ale at 4.8%. It sold out in cask extremely quickly. Now available in 500ml bottle online, at our brewery shop and from selected stockists throughout the county.

This one is a glorious golden yellow and tastes like summer’s fruit salad and the countryside’s most fragrant hops; Olicano and Jester. With hints of grapefruit and blackcurrant you could say thanks be to God. Or us!

Brewer’s Blog – Alex on Brimstone

Brewer’s Blog – Alex on Brimstone

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Hello Bishop Nick drinkers, Alex here again after a long delay since my last blog – things have been a bit busy between Easter and Summer and I’ve struggled to find the time to write something witty or informative.

We’ve had a very successful Revelry Day and the special edition brew seems to have gone down well.  The Revelry Day beer gives me a few nightmares as it’s such an important day – dreaming of 800 people walking around looking like they’ve been sucking on lemons after a pint woke me up once or twice at 3am.  We have a good stock of bottles in our shops – it’s a golden summer ale with plenty of the fruity American “C” hops: Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and Comet, backed up by a rich maltiness.

With Revelry behind us, the Chelmsford Beer Festival is the focus of our attention this week.  I know a few attendees have asked about my whereabouts.  The answer is “in the brewery”.  Unfortunately making beer doesn’t stop for beer festivals!  To make up for my absence I’ve done my best to brew a nice beer to be launched at the festival called “Brimstone”.  I’m always happiest when I get the chance to brew a beer I think I’ll enjoy drinking myself.  I know that sounds a bit selfish, but it seems to have saved me from any major mishaps during my career (a peat smoked beer called “Goldfinger” in 2002 is the only exception!).

Too many breweries are trying to reinvent the wheel at the moment by raiding the kitchen cabinet and producing something wacky, simply in the quest to have a USP to make them stand out from all the other breweries.  Experimentation is fine, but not when it comes at the expense of drinkability.  A balance of sweetness, acidity and bitterness is key for all good drinks, but what works well for a soft drink may not work so well in a beer.  The modern trend seems to be strongish blonde ales with a huge, almost bubble gum fruity hop aroma, but with little evidence of malty goodness.

For “Brimstone”, in view of it’s lower strength (3.9%), I decided to add plenty of crystal, caramalt and Vienna malt to give it a good biscuity, malt body to balance the fruity citrus flavours and bitterness of the Simcoe and Crystal hops.  Hopefully it’s balanced, drinkable and moreish – I’ll let you be the judge of that (bottles will be available from next week) – if it’s not, do let me know and I’ll try harder next time…

BRIMSTONE

BRIMSTONE

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Here’s introducting BRIMSTONE.  Our latest Limited Edition now available in cask (couple of weeks in bottle). A fabulous 3.9% amber ale full to the brim with citrus hops – Crystal, Simcoe and Mandarina Bavaria giving it orange zestiness.  This balanced with caramalt, vienna and wheat malts it has sticky-toffee top notes. Quite delicious, easy drinking and 10/10 for thirst quenchability.