After what felt like a very long winter the past couple of weeks have brought some very welcome sunshine and warmth. The hops we planted last year now have their supports in place and are climbing away – lets hope we get a good harvest and better picking and drying weather this September.
We’ve also been busy in the brewery making sure we’ve got plenty of lovely refreshing beer for everyone to drink. The Woolacombe Rye we brewed earlier in the year proved to be a great success with its gentle spiciness and malt/hop balance hitting the mark with a lot of people – it quickly sold out but there’s a fresh batch of it available now.
Summer is also the time for wheat beer and our Whitsam Wheat will be returning at the beginning of June – a wonderfully refreshing beer in the Belgian style with hints of coriander and orange. We will have it available on tap (together with Woolacombe Rye and Lopwell Gold) at our next open evening/taproom on the 2nd June.
Later on this summer we’ll have something a little different – a Saison beer. For those unfamiliar this is a strong Belgian style with a complex fruity and spicy flavour derived from the yeast and a combination of different malts, giving a rich but still refreshing beer. This should be available mid to late July – see our facebook page or sign up to join our mailing list to be notified when it’s available.
We’ve lots of events planned for the summer – see our upcoming events section for when and where – including more of our popular open evenings. But don’t forget you can always pick up our beers direct from the brewery – we’re always open on Wednesdays, 4.30 – 7pm, or alternatively give us a call, leave a message on the answerphone, and we’ll find a mutually convenient time.
Please note the brewery and office will be closed between the 5th and 13th April to allow us to carry out some maintenance and a stocktake. Apologies for any inconvenience – the brewery will be back open as normal on Wednesday the 18th.
We will be putting in a guest appearance at Tavistock Farmers’ Market on Easter Saturday, 31st March, between 9am and 1pm. We’ll have our new brew Woolacombe Rye, as well as all our regular beers, available to taste and buy so why not come along and say hello.
We will be having another Open Brewery evening on the 24th March from 4pm to 9pm with our new Spring brew, Woolacombe Rye, available on tap. Come and have a taste! We’ll also have a cask of Lopwell Gold and bottles of our other regular beers so why not come along and enjoy a beer or two, have a chat and help us celebrate the first hop shoots of Spring.
Please note there will be no parking available at the brewery for this event – please park in the village.
MERRY CHRISTMAS and, at the end of a great 1st year of trading, THANKYOU for all your interest, enthusiasm and support – we couldn’t have done it without you – seriously!
We’re a bit tired now so we WILL NOT BE OPEN on WED 27th Dec, but if you do have a beer emergency and desperately need to restock for New Year’s Eve please phone and leave a message on 01822 840382 and we’ll try to find a convenient time.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
After the end of December, instead of having a regular stall at Tavistock Farmers’ Market we will be appearing there once every 2 or 3 months with all of our beers available to taste and buy.
We will be releasing a new beer, “Woolacombe Rye”, around Easter and hope to see you all at the Farmers’ Market then. For confirmation of the date and further details of when we will next have a stall on Bedford Square please check our upcoming events page or sign up to join our emailing list.
In the meantime you will still be able to buy our beers direct from the brewery (every Wednesday 4.30 – 7.00pm and other times by arrangement), or from Crapstone Post Office, Roots and Vines in Tavistock and The Olde Plough Inn, Bere Ferrers.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We’ll be opening up the brewery on Sunday 17th December between 2pm and 5pm for (nearly) last-minute Christmas beer purchases.
Hopefully we might also have some mulled ale if I can sort out a recipe…………..
Christmas is rapidly getting closer with only a few brewing opportunities left now. So if you’re planning a big gathering and fancy one of our 5litre mini-kegs, or even a 20litre “pin” (bag-in-box) to tide you through the holiday period then let us know by the beginning of November so we can reserve one for you. Mini-kegs are priced at between £19 – £21each (+£5 deposit); pins are between £72 and £80 depending on which beer.
Come along to Tavistock Farmers Market on Saturday 27th May and try a taste of our beers!
We’ll be opening bottles to taste at 1030am , 1130am and 1230pm, including the latest addition to our range Clamoak Bitter, a robust ale at 5.0% with rich fruit and malt flavours.
We look forward to meeting you.
We are now up and running with our 1.3 barrel equipment supplied by Brewzone. This enables us to produce up to 200 litres of beer at a time instead of 50.All working well with the first three brews now bottled. The first brew, Hole’s Hole Porter, is tasting very good already with lots of complex flavours developing and will be available from the beginning of April.