Emily Says . . . . ‘Big Shed’

Big Shed

In her eighth feature under ‘Emily Says . . .’, the voice to the Manchester bar scene in Emily Puckering looks at her visit to Australia;

For those who haven’t noticed my absence in the last month, I spent eleven days in Adelaide, South Australia fulfilling my duties as a bridesmaid for my childhood best friend. As amazing and as honourable this role and trip was, it was an exhausting journey back to Manchester and jet lag truly took advantage of me. Not to mention being thrown back into the late bartending shifts the minute I stepped foot off the plane from that twenty-three hour flight.

But I’m back! As is my body clock. And it would have felt rude to not bring some of the Australian sunshine back with me, even if I didn’t bring back a tan to prove it…

Being a bridesmaid is no walk in the park, and myself and my twin sister Charlotte found our days packed out with wedding rehearsals, bridal showers and overall preparations for the big day; which, by the way, payed off just beautifully. Luckily, we managed to squeeze in a day off consisting of brunch, beaches and, most importantly, beer!

South Australia homes many breweries, and we payed a visit to one of the most popular: Big Shed Brewing Co. Founded and directed by Craig Basford and Jason Harris, the pair started brewing in Jason’s shed in Barossa of Adelaide back in 2002. The shed was big enough to fit in all the necessary brewing equipment, and so began the love affair of Big Shed Brewing. Experimenting using unique ingredients from the pure curiosity of ‘what happens if…’, Craig and Jason began discussing making their passion into a business.

Finally in September of 2014, Big Shed Brewing Co launched their own tasting bar and kitchen to display and sell their products. Consisting of six taps and food that is specially paired with the different beers, this brewery is perfect for sampling, learning and even taking away their unique beers. I took away three different bottles, and here is a little summary of each of the three.

F Yeah - American Pale Ale
F Yeah – American Pale Ale

ABV: 5.5%
An overall easily drinkable and fantastic beer. Beautifully hopped with a biscuit and aromatic malt, F Yeah provides a full bodied and wonderfully hopped experience. Alongside a citrus-like aroma, there is also a firm bitterness that truly balances this beer; which is what makes APAs so wonderful! A full strength beer that can be enjoyed during any occasion thanks to its steadily balanced ABV.

Californicator – West Cost IPA
Californicator – West Cost IPA

ABV: 7.5%
With the West Coast USA being all about their hops, this number has naturally replicated that. The bitterness from the strong hops in this beer are backed up perfectly by citrus aromas, and even a hint of apricot. The bold flavour of this beer makes it incredibly moreish; a risky game to play with its heavy ABV of 7.5%! Perhaps not the ideal beer for a quiet get together with the family… but overall, a cracking no-nonsense IPA.

Golden Stout Time – Dessert Stout
Golden Stout Time – Dessert Stout

ABV: 5.4%
Something for the sweet tooth! Taking a step back from the hops and focusing on the strong infusions of toffee and honeycomb, this dessert stout is perfect for a post-meal treat. The sweet infusions give this beer a hearty and rich tasting experience, ticking all the boxes for the perfect dessert beer; with an easy going ABV too! For sipping and enjoying, this number is one to be savoured.

Sadly, Big Shed Brewing Co hasn’t appeared its face over here in the UK yet. But if anyone is planning a trip to the South of Australia, a visit to the brewery or even grabbing a bottle of two from the local liquor store shelves is an absolute must! A true taste of the South Australian sunshine, Big Shed is one not to be missed out.

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Iron Maiden and Robinsons Brewery Reveal New ‘Hallowed’ Beer

Bruce Dickinson unveils new HALLOWED beer in Antwerp, Belgium. Photo credit John McMurtrie.
British rock legends IRON MAIDEN and independent family brewers ROBINSONS have revealed a brand new Belgian style beer: HALLOWED.

This new ale follows on from the success of the original TROOPER, which has sold over 15 million pints since its launch in 2013, and previous limited edition beers TROOPER 666 and RED ‘N’ BLACK.

Once again, the dynamic duo of ROBINSONS’ Master Brewer Martyn Weeks and IRON MAIDEN’s lead vocalist and ale aficionado BRUCE DICKINSON have teamed up to create something very special for beer and music fans alike.

BRUCE DICKINSON explains: “What makes this brew pretty special is that we’re adopting a Belgian yeast for the first time. I’m a big fan of Belgian beers, so I jumped at the chance to brew my own. While I get very excited about experimenting with new formulas and ingredients, the thing about Belgian beer is that it’s as much a way of life as it is a drink. We’ve tried to bottle that philosophy in HALLOWED, albeit with a British twist.”

At 6.0% ABV in a 330ml bottle, HALLOWED is a Belgian inspired beer that’s brewed in England. It is also one of the first beers to be brewed by ROBINSONS Brewery that uses Belgian yeast. ROBINSONS haven’t changed the yeast used in their beers since 1942, which makes HALLOWED even more special.

Martyn Weeks, Head Brewer at ROBINSONS Brewery, continues: “It’s all in the yeast. Belgian yeast yields a very distinct taste and presentation. You can sniff out a Belgian beer simply from its aromas: fruity, spicy and earthy. Belgian yeasts withstand higher alcohol levels, they attenuate well and create an array of phenolics and esters… put simply, this means more flavour and I think Hallowed drinkers are in for a treat.”

HALLOWED’s innovative bottle label pays tribute to Belgian beer, presenting IRON MAIDEN’s iconic mascot EDDIE, robed in traditional monk’s clothing: a nod to the Trappist monastic brewing tradition in Belgium.

HALLOWED will be available from October 2017 for a limited period of four months. Information on exactly where the beer will be available will be released on Iron Maiden Beer’s and Robinsons Brewery’s social media accounts in due course.

Bulleit Frontier Whiskey At London Beer Week 2017

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This year, Bulleit Bourbon will once again be the frontier whiskey of choice for beer enthusiasts as it pops up at bars and locations around the capital throughout London Beer Week 2017.

Over the course of London’s largest celebration of beers, ales, lagers and ciders, a selection of top bars will be serving limited edition Bulleit cocktails, all of which include beer as a key ingredient. At Hopscotch on Brick Lane, a spicy Ginger Bulleit will be on offer, comprised of Bulleit, Hop House 13, ginger, lemon and malt, as well as a shorter, headier concoction of Bulleit Hop House 13 Syrup and Campari in the Beer-vardier at Found. In addition, East London hotspot, Peg + Patriot will be serving up an unusual mixture of Bulleit, Hop House 13, Campari and Wermurtlich, finished off with a clarified banana syrup. These limited edition cocktails with Bulleit and Hop House 13 lager at their centre, showcase the complimentary tasting notes of spicy Bulleit when combined with the flavoursome maltiness of premium beer.

Additionally, Bulleit will continue to champion the iconic Boilermaker serve at the The Beer Edit directly in the epicentre of London Beer Week 2017. Running across three days from the 16th-18th March, The Drink Up Bar will be playing host to a selection of whiskies, giving guests the opportunity to upgrade any of the beers on offer to a Boilermaker serve. Due to its unusually high rye content, Bulleit is the perfect match for the distinctive flavours of the various craft beers on offer, which include Southwark Brewing Co, Cotswold Cider Co, Umbrella Brewing, Canopy Beer Co, Badger Beer, Courage SE1, Renegade Brewery and Gosnells London Mead, all at £3, with a boilermaker upgrade for £2, exclusively to LBW wristband holders.

London Beer Week is a true celebration of beers, ales, lagers and ciders alike, set against the backdrop of the capital. Running from 13th-19th March, the festival provides the perfect backdrop to enjoy Bulleit Frontier Whiskey alongside some of the world’s best beers.

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@DrinkUpLDN @LDNBeerWeek #LBW16

Robinsons Brewery Launch Six Movie-Inspired Seasonal Beers For 2017

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Beer and movies… surely the perfect mix? Well, Robinsons Brewery certainly think so. The 179-year-old Stockport-based brewer has revealed six new seasonal ales for 2017; each inspired by TV and the big screen.
Brewers are notorious for ‘pun-y’ beer names and these often appeal to history buffs, space fanatics, scientists, avid bookworms, and national sporting events. This year, however, Robinsons are setting the trend for beers that appeal to ‘film fans’ and ‘TV buffs’.

Gill Yates, Brands Manager for Robinsons Brewery, explains: “we trialled the ‘big screen theme’ in 2016 with ‘Hop Gun’; an explosive 4.0% ABV light amber ale inspired by the 1980’s hit film Top Gun. The limited-edition ale proved to be the perfect wingman selling just under 135,000 pints in 2 months. So, this year we decided to roll out the film theme across our entire 2017 seasonal ale range. Feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive. We think these are some of the best designed seasonal ales we have ever produced and we hope our drinkers enjoy them.”

Robinsons’ 2017 seasonal range kicks off with Magnum IPA; the ideal companion throughout February and March. This 4.1% abv crisp, Hawaiian shirt of a brew packs a punch and always gets its man. Golden, like a Polynesian sunset with hints of lemon, lime, and exotic flora. A worthy addition to any moustache.

The King in the North arrives in April and May! Pint of Thrones is a 4.0% abv traditional amber ale, full blooded, reliable, and down to earth with a warm heart of spicy cedar. Taste is coming.

Robohop goes on pint patrol this summer. At 3.6% abv, this hybrid of American and English hops is engineered to create a strong, blonde, triple hopped flavour with a lower ABV. Prime directive – to uphold zesty, citrus/pine notes, and refresh citizens wherever thirst is detected. You have between June and July or until the end of the barrel to comply.

“You asked for miracles I give you… YIPPEE IPA motherhopper!” At 4.2% abv, this heady mix of Nelson Sauvin and Galena hops with pale ale malt, caramalt and wheat combine to bring you this maverick American style IPA. With an intense hop character and a hint of citrus zestiness, it’s a diehard brew that will keep you coming back for more throughout August and September.

Surrender to the dark side throughout October and November. Toffee, biscuit malt and citrus flavours will render you defenceless against the all-conquering power of Dark Vader. At 4.0% abv, resistance is useless against the force of this glorious red ale, destined to conquer all who stand before it.

Welcoming in the festive season (or not) is Mr Scrooge. Bah Humbug, you’ll need to be quick whilst the generosity lasts. A once a year fruity treat with toffee, blackcurrant and grapefruit citrus flavours, this generous ale is a seasonal gift that just keeps on giving… until it runs out that is. Fill your stockings with this 4.3% copper ale throughout December.

Gill continued: “600,000 pints were sold in 2016 across our 280 pubs and nationally through listings across the country; the equivalent of a pint drunk every minute. This year, we’ve got a brilliant seasonal line-up we know our customers will love.”

Keep up-to-date with all the news and brews from Robinsons Brewery. Visit them online at http://www.robinsonsbrewery.com, like the brewery on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/robinsonsbrewery and follow Robinsons on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/robbiesbrewery (@robbiesbrewery)

New Iron Maiden Beer – Red N’ Black – Now Available To Pre-Order Online

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Contain your excitement! TROOPER Red n’ Black – a new collaborative brew between IRON MAIDEN and ROBINSONS BREWERY – is now available to PRE-ORDER direct from Robinsons’ online shop.

Red ‘N’ Black Porter is the third beer in the TROOPER range following on from the stunning success of TROOPER and last year’s limited edition TROOPER 666.

The beer, designed once again by IRON MAIDEN vocalist and ale aficionado Bruce Dickinson together with Robinsons’ Head Brewer Martyn Weeks, is a modern take on a recipe that dates back to the 1850’s; a time when porter style beer was becoming increasingly popular in Britain.

At 6.8% in bottle or 5.8% ABV in cask, TROOPER Red ‘N’ Black Porter is the first dark beer in the TROOPER ranks and the strongest beer in the range to date.

Named after a track from the latest Iron Maiden album ‘The Book Of Souls’, the red and black colour comes from the blend of chocolate and crystal malts which gives this full bodied beer a roasted malt and caramel backbone. The special Robinsons’ yeast provides hints of both liquorice and honey character to create a delicious warming brew.

All real ale fans need to do to be the first to get their hands on this new beer is follow this link, click the buy now button and we’ll have Red n’ Black on your doorstep from the 1st September or as soon as possible afterwards.

We get asked all the time about when TROOPER Red n’ Black will be available to buy in pubs and shops – we are of course working on this as well!  Don’t worry, we’ll soon be letting you know via the website and social media exactly where and when you can get your hands on Red n’ Black in pubs and supermarkets… for now you can guarantee your beer delivery for 1st September by pre-ordering your beer order online.

Fans looking to buy the beer from USA can pre-order the beer via the following links:

http://www.wlvliquors.com/product/robinsons-trooper-red-n-black

https://www.france44.com/pre-order-robinsons-trooper-red-n-black-porter

Keep an eye on the website www.ironmaidenbeer.com, or follow @IronMaidenBeer on Facebook and Twitter Facebook, because things are really starting to brew as September approaches!

TATE Tap Takeover Series Launches At New Tate Modern Bar, Switch House

Tate Tap Takeover Series
Join us for the launch of the #TateTapTakeover series at the new Tate Modern Bar Switch House L1, Thursday 30 June with Wylam Brewery. Tate Tap Takeover series will see the new Tate Modern Bar’s taps taken over by one of the British Craft Brewers Tate work with on the last Thursday of every month. Everyone is welcome, come and taste beers you love, learn more if you’re not sure and experience some great British craft beers.

Alex Stevenson, Tate Beer Sommelier, has focused on ensuring Tate’s beer lists provide a wholly British offer.He has been a lover of good beer since his first sip of Black Sheep back when he was a small lad in North Yorkshire, and has chosen to work with breweries which reflect Tate’s ethos and passion. At each Tate Tap Takeover the brewery will choose 5 of its beers to go on tap,and are also letting their Head Brewers loose on the public, with a free’ Meet the Brewer’event at 19.30 (Book for Meet The Brewer via http://www.tate.org.uk).

TATE TAP TAKEOVER SERIES 2016 (18.00-23.00)

30th June -Wylam Brewery http://www.wylambrewery.co.uk
28th July -Fourpure Brewery http://www.fourpure.com
25th August –Weird Beard Brewery http://www.weirdbeardbrewco.com
29th September –Magic Rock Brewery http://www.magicrockbrewing.com
27th October -Wild Beer Co Brewery www.wildbeerco.com
24th November –Burning Sky Brewery http://www.burningskybeer.com

Introducing the First Ever Bristol Craft Beer Festival

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The first ever Bristol Craft Beer Festival (BCBF) will take place on 2nd – 3rd September 2016 at iconic music venue Motion’s recently refurbished The Skate Park, an exciting addition to the annual Bristol Beer Week. The festival comes from the team behind London Craft Beer Festival, one of the UK’s best-known celebrations of independent craft beers and breweries. Teaming up with Bristol Beer Week, which will run from 27th August – 2nd September, and working with local breweries and bars, the festival will be a grand finale to a stellar week of beer in Bristol, showcasing the best of the Bristol craft beer scene and the wider craft beer community.

Taking the lead in demonstrating what puts Bristol at the forefront of the worldwide craft beer scene will be local breweries including Arbor, Wiper & True, Wild Beer Co., Lost & Grounded, Left Handed Giant and Moor, with a full line-up to be announced in the run up to the festival. Alongside local stars, and in celebration of the spirit of the craft beer community, great brewers from across the country like The Kernel, Beavertown, Magic Rock and Brewdog and international guests from the US and Europe will also join in. Each brewery will be bringing old favourites, new innovations, exciting collaborations and more, with guests able to sample up to 250 of the most exciting and unique craft beers.

A celebration of beer, good times & good food, the festival will also showcase an amazing range of delicious treats & street food inspired favourites, using seasonal ingredients and local suppliers. Living up to Bristol’s reputation as a music loving city, a stellar line up of acts will also be announced with previous performances at London Craft Beer Festival having included the likes of Chase & Status, Ghost Poet, Craig Charles, Artful Dodger, Public Service Broadcasting, The Cuban Brothers and DJ Yoda.

Taking place at Motion’s ‘The Skate Park’, which recently launched with the BBC 6 Music Festival, Bristol Craft Beer Festival is proud to be one of the first food and drink events to take place in the space. The triple height halls will be home to some of the best craft beer, music and food under one roof, making it the place to be come September, and the perfect way to round off Bristol Beer Week.

A full line up of breweries, music acts and food offerings will be announced in the run up to the festival.

Iron Maiden And Robinsons Brewery Announce Their Latest Edition Beer

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Iron Maiden and Robinsons Brewery have announced ‘TROOPER Red ‘N’ Black – a new limited edition beer from their award-winning TROOPER* range – which will be available worldwide from September 2016.

TROOPER Red ‘N’ Black Porter is the third beer in the TROOPER range following on from the stunning success of TROOPER and last year’s limited edition TROOPER 666.

The beer, designed once again by IRON MAIDEN vocalist and ale aficionado Bruce Dickinson along with Robinsons’ Head Brewer Martyn Weeks, takes its inspiration from a very early Robinsons recipe which was first brewed in the 1850’s; a time when porter style beer was becoming increasingly popular in Britain.

Bruce Dickinson explains: “I like tasting outside the box. Stouts and porters were virgin territory for me so I just went by feel. Martyn and I hope we have created a new take on a classic beer and one which I hope will tickle the taste buds of ale fans in a pleasantly unexpected way.”

At 6.8% in bottle or 5.8% ABV in cask, TROOPER Red ‘N’ Black is the strongest beer in the range to date.

Taking its name from both the colour of the beer, which glows red when held up to light, and the song ‘The Red and the Black’ from Iron Maiden’s critically acclaimed 2015 album The Book of Souls, TROOPER Red ‘N’ Black uses a blend of chocolate and crystal malts which help give the beer a roasted malt and caramel backbone. Robinsons yeast, the same strain which has been used in the Stockport brewer’s beers since 1942, provides hints of both liquorice and honey to create a delicious warming brew.

John Robinson, Brands Manager for Robinsons Brewery said: “With millions of pints sold in 55 countries worldwide it’s safe to say that TROOPER remains a phenomenal success. Last year, we released TROOPER 666 at the request of the fans and this year we are happy to be releasing another limited edition beer that broadens the TROOPER range in an ever evolving and vibrant beer market.”

Robinsons have been taking global trade pre-orders from the beginning of March, to try and ensure that the limited edition bottles will be available simultaneously in local outlets in as many countries as possible around the world by autumn.

Information on pre-orders for fans will be announced on Iron Maiden Beer’s and Robinsons Brewery’s social media accounts.

*TROOPER has won the BBI (British Bottlers’ Institute) Gold Medal 2014, 2015 in their annual blind tasting sessions.

Robinsons Launch The Manchester Heritage Ale Trail

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The launch has happened and you can start to take in Manchester’s first ever Heritage Ale Trail!

Curated by Mark West, owner of two of the venues you can enjoy in The City Arms and The Britons Protection, he has teamed with local brewery Robinsons of Stockport to offer what he deems to be an ale trail with a difference. He says that ”the premise is simple: as real ale fans journey through the trail they will collect a stamp in every pub (once they have purchased a pint). Participants that complete the ale trail and collect all of the stamps will win a free Heritage Trail t-shirt and a special discount of Robinsons award-winning Brewery Tours in Stockport”.

IMG_2536So instead of the usual 10+ that you would normally see on similar pub crawls, this one offers you 5 of some of the Manchester’s cultural icons, with a small walk between some that takes in the sights of the Town Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Central and Central Library. It’s all about the heritage that Manchester offers, all while being invited to enjoy a pint with friends and family in institutes such as Circus Tavern, which is the smallest bar in Europe (you need to see it to believe it!) and dates back to 1840, The City Arms at over 200 years old and used to be a weaver’s cottage, as well as the Vine Inn which credits itself from the 1860’s.

Also on the trail include the Town Hall Tavern, which as the name suggests, come hand in hand with Manchester Town Hall and offers a hidden gem for sure, and finally The Britons Protection which has stood since 1806 and offers over 300 whiskies to its name. Well, would be rude not to before you head home!

Robinson’s have supported the Heritage Ale Trail, and you can enjoy the likes of Unicorn within the City Arms, or the ever popular Dizzy Blonde in the likes of Town Hall Tavern and Vine Inn. With the chance to grab a t-shirt after all 5, as well as discounted trips to Robinsons Brewery, it’s not a bad reward for enjoying what is essentially Manchester in all its form and glory.

For more information, visit www.manchesteraletrail.co.uk

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And Union

Friday

The gentleman at And Union have launched an Indian Pale Ale expression named Friday.

Brewed over a 10 week period, it’s said to be their first take on the American style IPA and joins the existing And Union range of unfiltered biers and IPA’s that are brewed in Bavaria.

But who are they actually?

Back in 2007, the trio of a father, his son and a longtime friend worked on a project to create craft lager and ales, collaborating with four small family owned Bavarian breweries, one being almost 500 years old and the youngest at only 90. Using only barley, yeast, hops and water, they create small batches that hone the aromas and flavours, something the more commercialised brands can fail on sometimes.

So how does their newest expression fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

And Union, Friday – 6.5%

Lots of ripe peach notes on the nose with plenty of deep barley and yeast aromas setting the smooth tone. A slight sharpness on the palate initially, but softens out to become a light aromatic peach flavour, wrapped with dry hopped notes and deep tropical fruit.

A tasty expression, one that is unfiltered and unpasteurized, whilst also adhering to the German purity laws (a vegan friendly IPA). Other expressions to look out for include Unflt Lager, Neu Blk, Beast of the Deep, Steph Weiss, Hand Werk and Sun Day. I’ll let your intrigued mind seek each out to find what styles they could all be.

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