Unbelievably we’re now well into Spring! The dark and dank days of January and February are a thing of the past and thoughts are turning to the summer ahead. Things are really starting to pick up at the brewery now after the usual post-Christmas ‘drinkers’ blues, and we’re looking forward to brewing even more beer for our loyal customers, along with (hopefully) plenty of new ones in the coming months.
Amongst other things this year we’ve had a cracking works night out (see January blog), and we’ve brewed a turbo powered beer (Sir Frank Whitt’Ale) in honour of Sir Frank Whittle for the Leicester beer festival (see February blog) which sold out!
In March we welcomed Derek Orford to the team as our new GM and Head Brewer. Derek is a Master Brewer and Beer Sommelier and brings with him a wealth of brewing experience and knowledge of the industry. See Derek’s early thoughts on his new life in and around the Vale in his March and April blogs.
With Derek now on board the focus is to get more of our beer into the Nottingham area and we’re already making good progress and our beer is now available at various pubs across the city, including The Embankment on Trent Bridge who keep coming back for our award winning Dark Horse Mild.
The lads in the brewery have continued to do a fantastic job brewing our excellent range of beers, and have this week racked a fresh batch of our lovely full bodied creamy Oatmeal Stout. We’ll be sending some of the Stout away for bottling next week, and this will be the first time the Stout has been bottled using our updated design, which will
also be used on the next batch of our fantastic Blue Brew later in the year. Derek was at the labelling plant only yesterday and came back with some great looking samples. Whatever you do, make sure you have a pint or buy a bottle from our usual stockists.
It’s also been a busy year for our bottles with our Beaver making it to the top of Snowdon, our (old labelled) Stout making it to the top of Fleet Moss in the Yorkshire Dales, our Peacock’s Glory, Beaver, and Old Dalby making it to the top of Holme Moss, and then our Old Dalby (again) making it to the top of the Vale’s own big climb…Terrace Hill!
With one of our team cycling up Mont Ventoux and Alpe d’Huez in 5 weeks’ time get ready for some great photos of our lovely beer in spectacular surroundings.
This year we’re also sponsoring the local music festival Redrospective, which is being held on Saturday 4th June in Redmile. Proceeds from the festival go to support local causes and what better way to contribute than to drink some star quality local ale. We all know that the best beer you’ll taste is at the brewery itself, or as close to the brewery as possible, so this festival is ideal to sample some of our great hand crafted beers.
With plenty more to look forward to this year and a lot more beer to brew, things are looking good at this small but well oiled brewery, and as ever we thank all our regular and loyal customers, as without you we’d have nobody to brew for but ourselves!
Summer is nearly here, so why not treat yourself to one of our cracking beers…