Emily Says . . . . ‘Big Shed’

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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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London Beer Week Is Back With A New App

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London Beer Week has gone digital with a brand new DrinkUp.London app. Free to download, the app is the key to unlocking all this year’s festival has to offer. You no longer need to collect your festival pass in the form of a wristband, instead it will be available to download through the app – meaning more people, less waste and a broader celebration of our capital’s brewing scene.

In addition to purchasing your week-long Festival Pass, for just £10, you can purchase tickets to other London Beer Week events through the app and website. All of these tickets are stored in your digital wallet for easy accessibility – no more print outs or scrolling through email to find your tickets.

Other functions of the app include, the ability to create your own unique London Beer
Week schedule from the myriad of events throughout the week, and an interactive map that shows all the bars participating in the festival and their offers based on your precise location in the capital.

BEER TOURS

You spoke and we listened, so this year’s LBW is bringing it back to where it all began, in the bars and taprooms that make our capital such a great beer-drinking city. Festival Pass holders can access £5 beer flights or boilermakers all week long at cherrypicked partner bars across the city. Each flight is specially curated by knowledgeable staff to showcase a unique aspect of brewing – be it certain styles, ingredients or heritage.

Festival Director, Ali Dedianko says, “We are glad to be taking LBW back to its roots by celebrating the incredible venues that make London one of the world’s truly great beer-drinking cities. Dozens of new breweries have opened their doors around the capital this year and there has never been a more exciting time to be celebrating beer.”

London Beer Week 2018 will also feature events such as beer pairing dinners, brewery tours, launch parties, and in-bar promotions brought to you by beer brands big and small.

Beer lovers across the capital can find out more about the festival and purchase tickets for all events online at http://www.DrinkUp.London.

 

Peroni Ambra Brings A Taste Of Italy To Manchester This Summer

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To celebrate the launch of Peroni Ambra, the Italian brewer has partnered with The Oast House in the heart of Manchester to open ‘The Apertivo Bar, Presented by Peroni Ambra,’ this summer.

Peroni Ambra extends the brand into a new territory, for the first time since its creation in 1963. Inspired by the classic Italian aperitivo, Peroni Ambra combines crisp and refreshing Peroni Nastro Azzurro and the sharpness of Italian Chinotto – a rare Italian citrus fruit, grown and harvested in the region of Liguria, North West Italy.

The new product is inspired by the Italian ritual of the bitter ‘aperitivo’, a pre-dinner drink designed to open the palate and stimulate the appetite. Distinctively, Peroni Ambra is served from its 250ml bottle into a bespoke tumbler glass, over ice, and garnished with orange peel, opening the senses in anticipation of the first sip. It has a bittersweet yet balanced flavour, which leaves the palate cleansed and refreshed. With the attention to detail synonymous with Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Italian designer, Andrea Morgante, was commissioned to design the bespoke glass – each one handmade, crafted by a small artisan Italian glass production house.

Capturing the essence of Italy, guests will be transported to the rural Chinotto grovesof North West Italy during the special four-day residency, from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th June. The Oast House has been beautifully transformed into an immersive Italian setting, where consumers will discover the authentic tastes and rare ingredients of Italy.

‘The Apertivo Bar, Presented by Peroni Ambra,’ will also play host to a contemporary orchestra and DJ collective, allowing guests to enjoy a snapshot of authentic modern Italian culture. The Urban Soul Orchestra, comprising a talented all girl string quartet and DJ from music curators, Euphonica, will be playing laidback Italian grooves between 6pm and 8pm on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th June.

As with all Peroni products, this innovative new drink offering is brewed and bottled in Italy. Reaffirming Peroni’s passion for craftsmanship and authentic Italian heritage, their master brewers have worked closely with the farmers of Besio, where the Chinotto is sourced, to perfect the recipe.

Pronounced Kee-not-toe, the Chinotto fruit is extremely rare, grown in small areas of rural Italy based on the climate. The Chinotto fruit is an ingredient used in aperitivos, as the bittersweet taste stimulates the appetite. Carefully blended with the crisp and refreshing taste of Peroni Nastro Azzurro, it creates the perfect balance, making Peroni Ambra the perfect drink to start the evening.

‘The Aperitivo Bar, Presented by Peroni Ambra’ takes residence at The Oast House:
The Avenue Courtyard, Spinningfields, Crown Square, Manchester M3 3AY
From Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th June

For more information visit: http://www.thehouseofperoni.com

Win Your Chance To Be At The Official Super Bock UK Launch Party

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Join Super Bock for a night of celebration at BEAT London, the iconic private members club just off Oxford Street on Wednesday 24th May, 6-11pm!

In its 50+ years of opening, BEAT has housed some of the great music legends of our time including David Bowie, Jimmy Hendrix and The Sex Pistols ­ and Super Bock is offering you a one off opportunity to experience it.

There will be live music from special guest, Portuguese DJ Moullinex who has performed in venues and festivals across the world and is now bringing his electronic vibes to BEAT London for the first time.

Drinks will be flowing, everyone will be dancing and we’d love for you to come and join the party!

Want to go? I’ve 5 pairs of tickets to give away! Head to my Twitter page and enter! Simple!

Terms and Conditions;

Open to people aged 18+ only and must be residing in the UK. Travel expenses are not covered for, and winning tickets cannot be swapped for monetary value. A single ticket is the prize, no extra tickets available for travelling partners. Competition closes midnight 23rd May 2017.

 

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.

@BulleitUK #BulleitBoiler #bulleitlondon

@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)

Beer Week at PLY and Kosmonaut: Feat. Jopen, ABC, Hammo and more

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Running 10 – 19th June 2016 and aiming to bring together thousands of drinkers through a series of events, Beer Week is Manchester’s very first city-wide beer festival.
PLY is flying in Jopen for a Meet the Brewer, whilst Kosmonaut has Alphabet Brewing Co.’s creative director Hammo and a team of street artists creating large-scale artworks themed around the brewery, live in the bar, all to be auctioned for Macmillan.

PLY Presents Jopen – A Meet the Brewer event
Wednesday 15th June
7pm
£12 Entry

On Wednesday 15th June Jopen will arrive from the Netherlands for a very special Meet the Brewer event at PLY.

Located in Haarlem, the ethos of the team is very simple; they aim to produce top-quality specialist beers with lashings of passion and care, using the latest technology and the finest ingredients.

The craft brewers will be making the journey over from their headquarters Jopenkerk, a church in the Raaks area that has been converted into a fully operational brewery with café and restaurant, and they have packed a selection of internationally renowned brews to be sampled alongside a special pizza topped with salami created with Jopen beer.

This collaborative event adds to the extensive calendar of craft beer events at the Lever Street hangout. PLY has recently played host to a number of international and local breweries such as Beavertown, To Ol, Redchurch and Cloudwater as part of Happy New Beer, the very successful month long in house beer festival.

Tickets cost £12 and include 3 beer samples and a PLY x Jopen pizza (vegetarian option available)

Buy tickets here

For more info:
http://plymcr.co.uk/
Facebook.com/PlyMCR
@PLYMCR

KOSMONAUT
Alphabet Brewing Co: Live Art and New Beer
Thursday 16th June
Start: 7pm
Live Art: 8pm
FREE

Kosmonaut and, Manchester’s own, Alphabet Brewing Co are teaming up for a night of craft beer tasting and live art.

The art side of proceedings will be headed up by Manchester based illustrator, mural painter and ABC’s creative director, Hammo. He and a collective of five other artists – Benjamino, Jude Wainwright, Howks, Sian Matthews and Qubek (who recently took part in Manchester’s Cities of Hope) – will recreate and reinterpret ABC’s artwork on a larger scale, resulting in six brand new pieces of work that will be exhibited in Kosmonaut for a week before being auctioned off to raise money for Macmillan.

Alphabet Brewing Company has made huge strides since it was founded in 2014 in the heart of Manchester. Alphabet Brewing Co’s head brewer, Tom Evans, will be bringing along some fresh flavours for all to sample and there will be running promotions on the ABC beers already on tap including a free schooner of Charlie Don’t Surf for the first 50 people in attendance and 20% off ABC beers on tap all night long.
For more info:
Kosmonaut.co
Facebook.com/KosmonautManchester
@KosmonautMCR

Love Drinks Introduces Lowlander Beers

LOWLANDER_BOTTLE LINE UPLove Drinks, the premium spirits and beer distributor, has introduced Lowlander Beers, a brand new beer range, into their portfolio – beers brewed with botanicals.

The range will be available to taste at the Boutique Bar Show in Manchester on Wednesday 18th May.

The first Lowlander Beers were first bottled in December 2015 in their home country, the Netherlands (The name ‘Netherlands’ is derived from the Dutch word ‘Neder’ meaning ‘Low’). It took 18 long months of trial and error to perfect the recipes but Lowlander eventually ended up with three distinct flavours, all of which boast their own personality.
Lowlander Beer is inspired by the rich history of Dutch brewing combined with a passion for distilling. The Golden Age saw Dutch explorers travel the globe and return home with cargos brimming with precious herbs and spices. These botanicals soon made their way into Dutch beer, adding extra flavour.

Lowlander’s “Chief Botanical Officer”, Frederik Kampman, worked for years, both at home and abroad, in breweries and gin and genever distilleries. He says, “I entered the world of distilling and fell in love with botanicals. As a beer-lover I grew curious about what kind of characters these special flavours could give to beer.”

And so the idea for Lowlander Beer was born: beer brewed with botanicals.

Lowlander White Ale – 5% ABV: With its refreshing fruity notes, the drink is a tribute to the restless and rugged spirit of renowned Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz. An attempt to navigate the Northeast passage saw his crew fight twin terrors; polar bears and frozen beer. The White Ale, a beer style typical to the Lowlands, receives an appealing twist by spiking it with curacao orange, elderflower and chamomile giving it a fragrant fruity finish.

Lowlander I.P.A. – 6% ABV: Dutch seafarers returning from the East would often bring back monkeys, which they would sell to tavern-keepers to pay off drinking debts. Lowlander’s I.P.A., with its hints of botanicals and spice, is a tribute to those sailors’ spirit of adventure and quick thinking. Indonesian as opposed to Indian, Lowlander uses coriander and white tea to give it a citrusy, fruity and bitter taste.

Lowlander Poorter – 5% ABV: Traditionally men known as ‘poorter’s’ would haul sacks filled with herbs and spices from tradesmen’s ships to the gates of cities. This tradition has led some to argue that the ‘Porter’ style beer claimed by the British is in fact Dutch. Either way, Lowlander has brewed a typically Dutch beer with liquorice root and vanilla that delivers a robust, sweet and surprisingly drinkable Poorter.

All three Lowlander Beers have bespoke food pairings and have endless beer-tail possibilities. Lowlander White Ale can be paired with seafood, salads or spicy food. The I.P.A. works wonderfully with Asian cuisine and the Poorter can be drunk alongside roasted or grilled meats and (chocolate) desserts.

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.

And Union

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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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