Collaboration with Jay Krause from Quantum

Earlier this year whilst checking Twitter I was greeted with the sad news that another excellent Stockport brewery, Quantum Brewing Co., was ceasing production.  Quantum was setup and owned by Jay Krause – an excellent brewer and local beer celebrity who is moving on to bigger and better things as a brewer at Cloudwater in Manchester.

The news not only came as a shock to me but was also quite emotional as we have history.  Back in 2013 when Thirst Class Ale was still a twinkle in my eye, I entered a homebrew competition ran by the Beermoth in Manchester – I won and the prize was to brew the winning beer with Jay at Quantum – a great day and one that probably got me started on the path to opening a brewery myself.  I’ve also enjoyed numerous other brewdays at Quantum and have regularly kept in touch with Jay.

When word got out Quantum were closing, the organisers of Manchester Beer & Cider Festival (MBCF) got in touch and asked if I’d like to do a collaboration with Jay to ensure there was some Quantum-influenced beer on sale at the festival in January.  I was up for it, and so was Jay, so we set a date and it happened on Tuesday this week.

The beer we’ve brewed is a yet-to-be-named American Amber Ale which will weigh in at around 5.8%.  We’ve thrown in plenty of crystal malts to provide an underlying sweetness that will be well balanced with the fruity citrus flavours from a very healthy dose of American ‘C’ hops.  The beer will be dry-hopped next week to add additional hop aromas.

The beer will be available on cask at MBCF and we’ll also be casking, kegging and bottling plenty more of it too and these will be available to the trade in January.  If any trade customers would like to pre-order please get in touch!

All in all we had a top day – Jay is always a pleasure to be around and we brewed what promises to be an awesome beer.  See you all at the MBCF bar in January!

The Independent Salford Beer Festival 2016

This morning we dropped off some beers for the The Independent Salford Beer Festival which starts on Thursday this week (20th October) and runs through until Saturday (22nd October).

This is a cracking little festival and is curated by local beer legend Jim Cullen aka Beers Manchester.  Jim hand picks the breweries and generally asks for beers that haven’t seen the light of day before – so the beer list is usually excellent and this year is no exception!

This year we’ve been lucky enough to supply two beers for the festival.  The first was an exciting collaboration brew we did with North Riding Brewery in North Yorkshire.  War Of The Raspberries is a strong Oatmeal Stout weighing in at 6.7% bolstered with a healthy dose of raspberries giving a boozy, fruity, chocolatey glass of loveliness.  Watch out for this on the keykeg bar.

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The second beer, Kiss My Ace has been brewed especially to launch at the festival.  We’ve used a pale malt base to showcase one of our favourite hops – Sorachi Ace.  While this is a bit of a “marmite” hop – we’ve used a lot of it, so if you like the hop you’ll love this beer!  Full on flavours of lemon and dill with a pleasant bitter finish – watch out for the first ever cask on the cask bar.

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As this will sadly be the last ever ISBF I suggest you don’t hang about and get some tickets in case they sell out.  We’ll be there making a nuisance of ourselves on Saturday so watch out for us if you’re there!

Champion Beer of Marple Food and Drink Festival 2016

We were pleased to hear that our Hoppy Couple IPA has picked up the award for Champion Beer of Marple Food and Drink Festival 2016.

The Real Ale Trail was ran as part of the Food and Drink Festival which took place in September.  Four Marple pubs were involved, showcasing beers from a number of local breweries.

Customers were asked to visit the four pubs and sample the beers before voting for our favourite.  The votes were counted on 25th September when we were announced as the winners!

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