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Three weeks to Wincle Beer Festival

Picture of ceilidh at Wincle beer festival

Picture of ceilidh at Wincle beer festival

We’ve over thirty real beers and cider lined up for this year’s big beer festival, and we’re getting very excited.

Wincle Beer Festival

Friday 30th June and Saturday 1st July

The fun gets underway in three weeks’ time with our first ever ceilidh to launch a weekend of merrymaking. We’ll pull the first pint at 6.00pm on the Friday evening, which should get us all nicely warmed up for when the music and dance begins around 8.00.

We’ll also be opening the doors to our new shop for the first time for the festival. For this event though we’ve dedicated it as our sophisticated gin & tonic and Prosecco bar. So come inside, look around and we hope you’ll like what we’ve done.

For our weekend camping guests the field will be open from 5.00pm. So there’s plenty of time to ‘get comfortable’ and pitch your tent. Best of all, after a wonderful night’s sleep, you can look forward to a hearty breakfast at The Ship Inn – before the fun starts again.

Watch this space for more news over the coming weeks. We’ll let you know all about the music line up, how to enter our tug of war contest and finally show you the full list of beer and cider we’ve got at the bar.

See you soon.

Giles

Three hundred years in the making, and we’ve made it even better

Picture of pump clip for Wincle's Hop series No.4 - Flyer

Picture of pump clip for Wincle's Hop series No.4 - Flyer

We don’t think that anyone could make a more English beer or improve on our latest brew no matter how hard they tried.

No: 4 in Wincle’s series of all-English single hop beers is a quintessential mild. What’s more we think we’ve elevated this traditional thirst quencher to a new level with a choice of hop that suits it perfectly.

The hop variety is Flyer. This imparts wonderful and satisfying flavours of stoned fruit, liquorice and treacle into the 3.9% alc. dark mild.

In fact we’re so pleased that we’ve hand bottled a very limited run and it’s bottle conditioned to make it extra special too.

In cask you will find stocks in pubs now. Or why not treat yourself to a trip to Macclesfield Beer festival this weekend and make a big occasion of it.

Macclesfield Beer Festival

Friday 5th and Saturday 6th May

Macs Beer Festival Details

More about mild – according to CAMRA

Mild beer is said to have been around since the 17th century.

Milds are black to dark brown to pale amber in colour and come in a variety of styles from warming roasty ales to light refreshing lunchtime thirst quenchers. Malty and possibly sweet tones dominate the flavour profile but there may be a light hop flavour or aroma. Slight diacetyl (toffee/butterscotch) flavours are not inappropriate. Alcohol levels are typically low.

Pale milds tend to have a lighter, more fruity aroma with gentle hoppiness.

Dark milds may have a light roast malt or caramel character in aroma and taste.

Scottish cask beers may have mild characteristics with a dominance of sweetness, smooth body and light bitterness.

Original gravity: less than 1043
Typical alcohol by volume: less than 4.3%
Final gravity 1004 – 1010
Bitterness 14 – 28 EBU

We’re on top of the world with our new shop building

Picture of topping-out ceremony on Wincle's new shop roof

Picture of topping-out ceremony on Wincle's new shop roof

Getting a roof on our new shop has been well worth all the work and planning involved. And what better way to celebrate than a topping out party with a pint or two of Wincle’s very own all-English single hop beer to add cheer to the occasion.

To be fair though, there’s far more or to the project than first meets the eye. And finishing the roof is just the icing on the cake.

Work on the project began at ground level with a new stone flag floor and from there we’ve worked our way up.

Sitting next door to the brewery, the new spacious shop is in a converted stable. So you’ll have more room, more choice and even more fun than buying beer at the supermarket.

The original building did of course need a little updating. Not least for the fact that the door was so low that you had to duck down just to get inside. So we’ve added a little height to the walls which enabled a full height entrance door to be fitted. We’ve also put in more and bigger windows so that we make full use of the natural light and get the benefit of the beautiful views.

The final stage came with the completion of the reclaimed, stone roof and the placing of the ridge tiles. Next week our new log burning stove will arrive which, after another cold winter in the brewery, we are all very much looking forward to.

If all goes to plan, all the internal work and bringing in the stock will be complete and the shop will be ready and open in time for our very own beer festival on 30th June.

So watch this space and you’ll be the first to hear when the shop doors open.

Brewing with our Hop Back – we think the results are brilliant

Picture of Grant using the hop back on our English hop series No.3

Picture of Grant using the hop back on our English hop series No.3

A hoppy flavour and lots of aroma are the characteristics of the latest beer in Wincle’s all English, single hop series.

To impart these delicate qualities we’ve employed the use of a hop back. This traditional technique requires an additional vessel –the hop back – to be deployed between the copper and fermenting vessel.

The hop back comes into its own as the wort is transferred and cools on its way to the fermenter. The use of a hop back is to impart delicate hop oils and aromas that would otherwise be boiled off in the copper. Essentially the hop back is designed to maximise contact between the hops and wort. The enables the transfer of hop oils while little bitterness is added because the wort is not actually boiling.

The hop variety we’ve used are Whitbread Goldings to brew a 4.5% alc. rye beer.

With a spicy, herbal and earthy flavour we think the results are ‘absolutely brilliant’. And hope you will agree.

In cask, the brew is in the pubs now and we’ll be stocking up with bottles at the brewery and our usual outlets this week.

Picture of Hop Series No.3 Pump Clip

 

Beer brands tap into Wincle’s know-how

picture of brewing team at Wincle Brewery

picture of brewing team at Wincle Brewery

Brewing great beer and winning awards is what we at Wincle are best known for. What is a little known fact though is that we also brew beer for some other very well established names.

Contract brewing, both for established brands and up and coming names, is a growing part of our business, as brand owners choose to tap into what we have rather than make the investment themselves.

To start with, as well as operating from a beautiful, rustic brewery, we have in fact invested in a large capacity and modern plant with quality testing facilities of our own. Then there’s the training, qualifications and years of experience we have to share. So from existing brewers who are looking for more capacity, to artisans who are full of passion but short on kit, Wincle is the place they come to brew their beer.

Over the coming month we’ll be publishing a few more blogs that tell the story about what makes the Wincle Beer Co. different. We aim to show how we are being recognised, how much we invest and put back into the business and just how special our growing team really is.

Apprentice Grant gets a trip to The House of Commons and a permanent, full-time job at the brewery

Picture of our apprentice emptying the mash tun

Picture of our apprentice emptying the mash tun

An invitation to the House of Commons came as recognition for apprentice Grant Leah who travelled to London during National Apprenticeship Week.

Grant joined the Wincle Beer Company last year. He was invited to join the celebration of apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

The event took place in the Terrance Pavilion, House of Commons and recognised apprenticeships in the pub, bar, brewing and casual dining sectors.

Grant is currently completing his apprenticeship in Brewing with the Wincle Beer Company while working towards his NVQ Level two qualification in brewing technology.

The eighteen year-old said: “The invitation came as a big surprise but it was great to be invited to such a prestigious event. The day included some inspirational speeches from industry leaders and showed how good training with a committed employer can be the springboard to a promising career.”

Head brewer at the Wincle Beer Co., Giles Meadows joined Grant for the celebration and said: “In the time that Grant has been with us he has gone from strength to strength. In addition to working towards his qualification he’s a real asset to the brewing team. Since passing his driving test he’s also working out on the road, building customer relationships and delivering our beer.

“He’s a real team player and will be joining us on a permanent, full-time basis at the end of his training.”

Join the English Hop Challenge and win a Wincle T-shirt

picture of black wincle t-shirt with hop series message

picture of black wincle t-shirt with hop series message

Throughout  2017 the Wincle Beer Co. is celebrating English Hops with a series of 12 distinctive beers – each brewed with a single hop. All you have to do is try all 12 to win your T-shirt.

Recently English hop farmers have begun to produce some fantastic and intensely flavoured new hop varieties along with more famous classics. We have carefully paired the hop characteristics with different beer styles to produce a unique range of beers that will appeal to any hop lover as well as showcasing the best our English growers have to offer.

Taking part in the Challenge is simple.

Just call in at the brewery to receive your own registration card. We will then sign the card each time you try a new beer. When you’ve sampled all twelve we’ll give you a T-shirt. Simple.

And don’t worry if you missed the first month because we’ve held back a little stock in bottles so nobody needs to miss out.

Registration cards are now in the brewery shop so we hope to see you soon.

Tastefest – great beer and good food this weekend

Picture of Glebe Farm Shop sign

Picture of Glebe Farm Shop sign

There will be something for every taste at Glebe Farm Shop, Astbury this weekend.

Glebe Farm, Astbury  CW12 4RQ

Saturday 25th February

10.00am – 4.00pm

 ‘Tastefest’ is a great opportunity to sample what’s on offer and what’s new to buy in the shop this season – but best of all the samples are free on Saturday.

The Wincle Beer Co. will be among those showing off their produce at the weekend.

We’ll be taking a selection from the Wincle range, including a taster from our brand new series of all-English, single hop beers. The first in the series is our 4.3% ABV brown ale, which is brewed using Phoenix hops with a spicy, chocolate character.

The one-day Tastefest will be held undercover in the marquee, so rain or shine it’s an event not to be missed. The family friendly day out is also a great opportunity to look around the farmyard which includes an area for children to meet and feed the animals.

Click here to find out more about Glebe Farm.

It tastes so good, we had to bottle it.

Picture of a bottle of English Hop Series Number 1

Picture of a bottle of English Hop Series Number 1

It has been thumbs up all- round for the launch of Wincle’s first single English hop beers this year.

In fact, the beer tastes so good in cask that we’ve set a limited amount aside and had it put into bottles too. The great news is that the bottles are now in the brewery shop.

The beer is Batch No: 1 in our series of twelve all-English single hop beers to be launched over the coming year – one per month. Each of the beers will be brewed using just one hop variety from an English grower.

Batch No: 1 was brewed with Phoenix hops. This gives the 4.3% ABV brown ale its distinctive taste of molasses, chocolate and spice.

But you’ll need to hurry if you want a bottle, as supplies are in very short supply and only available in the brewery shop.

We hope to see you soon.

 

Tracy appointed as Wincle Beer Co. celebrate English hops

Picture of Tracy, Wincle new salesperson holding a handful of English Hops

Picture of Tracy, Wincle new salesperson holding a handful of English Hops

The Wincle Beer Co. is backing English hop growers this year with a new series of all-English single hop beers. According to the British Hop Association these are the ingredients that produce the best session beers in the world.

The series of twelve cask beers, one produced each month, will each feature just one English grown hop variety in the brew.

Head brewer Giles Meadows explains the reason behind the project: “The past few years has seen an explosion in the number of new English hop varieties which are producing some fantastic new flavours. We think that Wincle’s range of single English hop beers is the perfect tribute to our national drink and the innovation of the growers .

“There has been a huge effort in the UK poured into developing environmentally friendly, disease-resistant hop varieties which we will be celebrating throughout the year.”

The series kicks off in February with a 4.3% ABV brown ale, which is brewed from Phoenix hops with a spicy, chocolate character.

“We’ve selected the hops for all but one of the beers this year. But in October we will be brewing a 5.0% green hopped IPA when we will select the very best crop according to the season’s growing conditions. For this one-off beer it will then be a race to get the fresh hops into the mash tun within eight hours – before the citrus, green hop taste has time to fade.”

Ahead of the series launch the Wincle Beer Co. appointed Tracy Harwood to promote all twelve new beers into the pub trade.

The ex-publican, who herself ran a CAMRA nominated freehouse, will work within Cheshire, North Staffordshire and Derbyshire as well as expanding sales into the Burton area.

For those who want to sample the brew, it can be found in good local pubs and on tap at the brewery. For more details or to become a stockist please contact The Wincle Beer Company: www.winclebeer.co.uk