On Thursday 1st September we’re taking over the taps and holding a Meet The Brewer session at the Prairie Schooner Taphouse in Urmston, and you’re all invited! There will be three of our cask beers and one keg beer for your enjoyment, and you’ll get to hear me rabbiting on about beer and why I became a brewer!
We recently sent a cask of our American Brown Ale to the Bolton CAMRA Beer Festival where it went down so well it came third in the festival’s Dark Beer of the Festival contest!
On Friday evening we had a little soiree at the brewery. Why? Well, last summer we were well chuffed to have some of our beers on at the fantastic Stockport Beer & Cider Festival at Edgeley Park. We’ve been fans of the festival for many years and have attended most years – but to have our beers at our local festival was exciting for us!
What really put the icing on the cake though, was after the festival when the twitter feed announced the results of the Beer of the Festival competition – voted for by the public. We’d only gone and won Bronze for our Reddish Rye! A fantastic achievement as we’d only been brewing commercially for six months at the time.
So on Friday evening we threw the brewery doors open to a group of local CAMRA members who came to celebrate with us. Local chairman John Clarke presented us with a certificate which has taken pride of place on the wall!
We opened up the bar and put four cask beers on, including the winning Reddish Rye along with Pale & Interesting, Stocky Oatmeal Stout and Green Bullet Pale Ale. We also had bottles of Penny Black IPA, Green Bullet Pale Ale, Pale & Interesting and Wild Wit Fury available on the night.
Below are some photos of the evening.
A good evening was had by all – thanks to everyone who braved the cold to come along!
Well 2015 has been a belting year for the British craft brewing scene, not least because it was the year Thirst Class Ale really got going. We’ve had a phenomenal year with highlights such as; launching our first beers at the great Manchester Beer and Cider Festival in January, selling our first beers into some of our favourite pubs and bottle shops, winning a bronze award for our Reddish Rye at the Stockport Beer and Cider Festival, brewing a festival collaboration beer for the Chorlton Beer Festival with homebrewer Mark Reeves, taking our beers to the Birmingham Beer Bash, presenting our beers at our Meet The Brewer event at The Olde Vic during Stockport Beer Week and brewing with the most good of beer people @beersmanchester for the Independent Salford Beer Festival to name a few!
Many of you will know that Thirst Class Ale has been a part-time venture for me and I’ve been fitting in all the above around a pretty hectic day job. This has kept me extremely busy and has had the effect of not being able to brew often enough to meet demand – a nice problem to have but an infuriating one none the less, having to turn away requests for beer on a frequent basis!
Those who have been following our progress and looking out for our beers will have noticed a lull in availability in the last couple of months – and you may have worried that we’ve gone away – but fear not, it’s quite the opposite in fact. We moved to a much larger premises in August and have been busy filling it with a 10 barrel brewing plant – that’s more than five times the size of the kit we’ve been using up until now, and it will allow us to brew over 3,000 pints of our scrummy beer at a time!
Obviously brewing, packaging, selling and delivering this volume of beer will be a time consuming process – way too much to do as a part-time venture, so earlier this month I made the bold decision to hand in my notice with my employer and I’ve arranged to finish my employment on Christmas Eve. As a result I will be starting 2016 as a full-time brewer!
So, what can you expect from Thirst Class Ale in the coming months? Well, first and foremost a lot more beer. As well as the increased quantity we’re also planning to brew a lot more different styles of beer. You will also start to see our beer in a lot more places as we start to supply our beers to the outlets we’ve had to disappoint over the last few months.
So we hope you are thirsty and ready to get supping as our first beers will be available towards the end of January. If you’d like to see our beers in your favourite local pub, bar or bottle shop why not have a word in the their ear? Or if you are a pub, bar or bottle shop and would like to stock our beers please drop an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can sort something out!
So, to conclude, a big thanks to everyone who has supported us during our first hectic year, have a great Christmas and we’ll look forward to slaking your thirsts in the New Year!