12 June 2012
Aren’t 4 day weekends a great invention. Of course not everyone is lucky enough to get the whole 4 days off, there are the emergency services (hopefully you didn’t need them), the shops for those last minute sausage rolls, the staff at the local takeaway and the publican and bar staff at your local hostelry.
01 June 2012
It is June at last (or too soon depending on your viewpoint?) and this weekend is the Jubilee celebration.
We have produced a Diamond Jubilee cask ale that you will hopefully find in your local public house, it is a 3.8% light coloured ale brewed using only pale ale malt which has a pleasant summery bouquet from the hops.
20 April 2012
So who on earth was St George and why do we celebrate him as our national saint?
There are lots of myths and legends around him, as there are plenty of myths and legends about brewing.
Some of the “facts” appear to be that he was born to Christian parents in AD270 in Cappadocia (so no where near England then). He grew up to be a Roman soldier and all was going well for him until he led a rebellion against Emperor Diocletian who was persecuting Christians.
02 March 2012
It is now the beginning of March, Christmas and the New Year break are distant memories and the shops are full of Easter eggs and hot cross buns.
There are clear signs that spring is near, snow drops are blooming, daffodils aren’t far behind (although the mild December confused some enough to bloom back then), we have had the first drought warnings of the year with the threat of a hose pipe ban and Early Bird is now brewed and available in our pubs.
16 February 2012
Last night I was challenged to attend a blind vertical wine tasting where we sampled 5 vintages of Chateau d’Angludet ranging from a 1997 vintage to a young 2005 that is still maturing, to see how the wine developed with time or which year gave the best flavours.