Saturday, 14 August 2021

701: Buxton Brewery | Right To Roam

20210802_152905The brewery: “Buxton Brewery’s first ever brew was mashed-in on a cold, dark, January 1st, 2009. The brewhouse was the family garage and the batch size was about 40 litres……Fast-forward 9 years and the team, which has steadily grown to be 11 strong is now based in a 7000 square foot modern building on Staden Lane, Buxton. Its custom designed and (British) built brewhouse produces around 3500 litres per brew, 3 times per week.”

The beer: “Kinder Scout – the highest point of the Peak District, about 10 miles north of Buxton, was in 1932 the scene of a mass trespass by hundreds of walkers, some of whom were imprisoned for their actions. This led, arguably, to the formation of the National Parks and later, the Countryside Rights Of Way Act. Opening the land up to the people, with the Right To Roam, enabling forever, people to enjoy and cherish the wildest areas of Britain.”

No longer on the brewery web site, this appeared to be produced to celebrate the above. A fairly pale light bitter, it was ok but neither offended or excited my fussy palate. 3.8% A.B.V.

Buxton Brewery Tap House, August 2021

Friday, 13 August 2021

700: Peak Ales | Chatsworth Gold

20210801_142741The brewery: “In 2003 Robert and Debra Evans had a carefully prepared plan – sell the house, uproot their family, leave secure jobs and set up a microbrewery in the Peak District…..Chatsworth suggested he took a look at Cunnery Barn on the Chatsworth Estate, the barn buildings were in disrepair but the potential was obvious; the perfect location for a microbrewery had been discovered.
Two years later and after many hurdles including planning, electricity, drainage, renovation, finance and resident barn owls, the first beer had been brewed and the owls had a purpose built nesting box – no other barn owls in Derbyshire have accommodation so grand!”

The beer: “Chatsworth Gold is a golden beer made with honey from the Chatsworth Estate. The delicate sweetness is well balanced with bitterness from Goldings and Fuggles hops.”

Pleasant enough and crystal clear but not surprisingly, not to my taste - just not my favourite style of beer. Lovely location though. 4.6% A.B.V.

The Anglers Rest, Miller’s Dale, Derbyshire. August 2021.


699: Pennine Brewing Co. | Stables Bitter

20210731_160030The brewery: “Our story began in April 2013 with one simple mission to bring people together through our love of beer. Based in the beautiful North Yorkshire hills in Well, near Masham our 18 barrel microbrewery brews three times a week. We are a fiercely independent family brewery and pride ourselves on brewing the finest and characteristic beers.”

The beer: Appears to be brewed specifically for The Monsal Head Hotel and gets a rating of 3.22 on Untapped.

Nothing fancy about it but a very pleasant Bitter that wasn’t too strong in a lovely location. 3.9% A.B.V. July 2021