Wednesday, 27 March 2019

562: Whitby Brewery | Jet Black

The Brewery: “Whitby Brewery has been producing delightfully delicious Yorkshire ales since 2013. The brewery itself was built by hand by local Whitby craftsmen and has proven to be perfect for brewing cracking Yorkshire ales. We use only the finest floor-malted barley and whole hops to make what we think are some of the best beers about………Whitby Brewery was founded with one aim - to brew the finest beers around. It's been an exciting 3 years since we produced our first beers and now we've moved to our larger premises we're ready to take Whitby Brewery to the next stage. Our commitment to quality, the dedication of our staff and our driving passion means we're always learning, developing and improving our recipes and our processes.”

The Beer: “A finely balanced porter packed with liquorice, coffee and sweet toffee. A deliciously creamy mouth feel and the generous use of Roasted Barley and Chocolate Malt makes drinking Jet Black porter a truly luxurious experience.”

I’ll be honest - I didn’t even know Whitby had a brewery until, after climbing the 199 steps to the Abbey I saw a sign. This was sampled on a beautiful March day in the yard outside the tap across the road from the Abbey - and it went down very well indeed. A lovely combination of flavours. 4.5% A.B.V.

Whitby Brewery Tap. March 2019

561: Wye Valley Brewery | Butty Bach

The Brewery: “It all began in the summer of 1985! After brewing for years for Guinness, Wye Valley Brewery founder, Peter Amor decided to branch out on his own. He began brewing from the back of a pub in Canon Pyon in Herefordshire but soon moved to the old stable block of The Barrels in Hereford - Wye Valley Brewery’s very first pup….”

The Beer: “Butty Bach is a Welsh term meaning ‘little friend’ – and this charmingly smooth premium ale has certainly made more than a few friendships in its time. We brew it using Maris Otter and Crystal malts together with locally grown Fuggles, Goldings and Bramling Cross hops. With such fine ingredients, no wonder it remains a firm favourite.”

And here we go again. Another trip away in the caravan and quite a few ‘research’ expeditions means a number of new entries to the Archive over the coming weeks.

Nice drop this, yes a little sweet but it provided a perfect introduction to a very enjoyable Sunday afternoon on my first weekend away. Cracking pub too. 4.5% A.B.V.

Griffin Inn, Shustoke, Warwickshire. March 2019

Saturday, 2 March 2019

560: Big Smoke Brew Co. | Underworld

The brewery: “We are a young brewery producing modern beer styles in the leafy suburbs of Esher in Surrey. We brew hop forward pales, rich stouts and everything in between….Our beers are always available at our pubs and good bottle shops, pubs and bars throughout the UK.”

The beer: “Our multiple award winning milk stout is brewed with lactose, vanilla pods, espresso and chocolate for a complex, creamy finish.     Hops - Fuggles…..Awarded best cask stout and third best cask beer overall in the SIBA 2016 South East Competition……Awarded best bottled stout, third best bottled beer overall and third best cask stout in the SIBA 2017 South East Competition.”

Yum. Yummity Yum. I like a stout every so often and after the rather subtle but inoffensive Solaris this really hit the spot. Extremely flavoursome which is not surprising as it weighs in at 5.0% A.B.V.

The Lyric, Soho, London. February 2019.

559: Big Smoke Brew Co. | Solaris

The brewery: “We are a young brewery producing modern beer styles in the leafy suburbs of Esher in Surrey. We brew hop forward pales, rich stouts and everything in between….Our beers are always available at our pubs and good bottle shops, pubs and bars throughout the UK.”

The beer: “Our biggest selling beer is also one of the first that we brewed. A very easy drinking pale ale brewed exclusively for cask…..Hops - Cascade & Centennial”

Yeah, pleasant enough - not the most flavoursome I found but as it says, a good session pint at 3.8% A.B.V. Nice find too in the heart of London with nine handpumps.

The Lyric, Soho, London. February 2019.