22 September 2015

Ivy House Tap Takeover.

Next week on Monday 28th September we are taking over the taps of one of Sunderland's best real ale pubs. 5 hand pulls and 1 keg line at the Ivy House will host a wide range of our delicious beers for you to sample, and we'll be along to chat, answer any questions and talk through the beers.

Twinned with The Northumberland Hussar in Heaton, The Ivy House is one of the first pubs in Sunderland in recent years to sell a good selection of cask ales and craft beers, with our ales being a regular feature on the bar. If you are a student returning to the city this month, its a perfect opportunity to discover our beers in a fantastic pub you may not have been to before. 

There will be a 10% discount for CAMRA members and free nibbles to compliment the beers. 

Meet the brewers. Drink the beer.
From 7:30pm Monday 28th.

9 September 2015

September Special - Green Hop IPA.

It's hop picking season again, and we are lucky enough to have the chance to brew a beer using the freshest possible hops, added to the boil less than 24 hours after leaving the fields. When hops are picked, they are partially dried and vacuum packed for storage, but some are quickly shipped to breweries to be used as 'Green' hops. The drying process removes some of the natural oils from the hops which provide flavour and aroma to beer. By using fresh hops with all of these oils still present, we can brew an IPA with flavours and character that simply can't be achieved at any other time of the year.

For our September special we have brewed a 5.2% IPA, stronger than our previous Green Hop beers and with even more of the freshest English hops. If we can get hold of enough fresh hops, we'll also brew a 4.4% version as we have in the past couple of years. The lower ABV edition will have plenty of late hop additions for aroma, and the IPA will also have a larger early addition providing juicy bitterness. Casks are hitting the handpulls this weekend, and we are putting some into keg next week, this one always sells fast so grab a pint while you can!