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Meet the Brewer – Abirradero, Barcelona

Meet the Brewer - Abirradero, Barcelona

Remember back in February when the team from Instituto de la Cerveza Artesana (ICA) and craft beer bar Abirradero in Barcelona came over to brew the absolutely delicious Encantada with us?

Well… myself and our brewer Jim have just made the trip over to Spain for the return leg of the collaboration, including hosting a Meet the Brewer in Abirradero, showcasing four of our beers!

This will be the first of three posts from our visit, focusing on the event itself. Look out in a couple of weeks for loads more info on a very special trip we were lucky enough to be able to take to learn more about the history of Encantada, and also of course for details of the beer we have made with ICA.

Abirradero opened in 2015 as one of the instigators of the Barcelona craft beer scene. The emphasis at Abirradero falls keenly on gastronomy, and a commitment to flavour in everything they do… they even make their own sodas! Well over half of the 40 taps that line the bar are dedicated to their own beers brewed just 10m down the street at ICA, with styles ranging from a seaweed gose to an imperial ice cream stout. The menu is similarly wide-ranging, with flavour and innovation always being right at the forefront. Many of the dishes incorporate beer too, including Encantada battered calamari! We were lucky enough to make our way through most of the menu during our few days there, and seriously cannot recommend the bar enough for both beer and food… everything was exceptional.

Onto the event! We sent four different kegs of our beer along with cases of Heathen and Voyager cans, in our first ever international export, so it was already a really big moment for us. Our Encantada, of course, made the trip (as did a very special one off keg of barrel aged Encantada), along with plum porter Salvation 3 and Voyager 3 IPA, hopped with Galaxy, Lemon Drop and Centennial.

Having covered the bar in Abbeydale merch and decked out the staff in Moonshine t-shirts, we were ready to kick off the event. There was a great turnout and loads of interest in what we do as a brewery. The fame of ICA’s Encantada in Barcelona meant that many people were keen to try the “new” Encantada all the way from Sheffield, and from there we were happy to persuade them to sample our other brews… we even managed to convince a Guinness drinker to try a Salvation 3 (and are happy to say he enjoyed it)! Our beers were all met with a great reception from the locals, and a Sheffielder even turned up!

We were particularly honoured to have been introduced to special guest Manel, head archaeologist for CIPAG and the Cova de Can Sadurni, the site where the oldest remains of beer ever found in Europe and which inspired ICA’s Encantada was discovered… more on that in our post next week.

A huge thank you to the team at ICA and Abirradero for inviting us to showcase our beers internationally for the first time ever, and for being such fantastic hosts.  We had the best time!



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Cold Conscience

Cold Conscience

We are excited to announce that for the third time we have teamed up with the guys down at Brewdog Sheffield to brew up something delicious, fruity and unique.  This time, our collaboration has been completed by local band Alvarez Kings, who have named the beer Cold Conscience in honour of their brand new single. The beer itself is a 4.5% pale with a difference… it’s packed full of mangoes and lychees! New Zealand hops help to emphasise the fruity characteristics of the brew and provide a light but lingering bitter finish. Quaffable, refreshing and absolutely perfect for summer!

It’s always a fun brewday when we have the Brewdog guys around – thanks to Jack, Matt and Kyle for the inspiration behind this delicious brew and of course for digging out the hopback!

Come on down to our launch event at Brewdog Sheffield from 6pm on Thursday 20th June for a fantastic warm up to Tramlines. As well as the first pour of Cold Conscience, you can meet the team and witness some live Abbeydale-themed artwork coming to life!

Don’t forget you can also catch Alvarez Kings at Tramlines Festival, taking place this weekend at venues around the city.

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Cavendish Cancer Care

Cavendish Cancer Care

We are pleased to introduce to you our charity beer for this year -Triple C! Dreamed up in collaboration with local charity Cavendish Cancer Care, 10p from every single pint sold of the 40 brewers’ barrels brew will go to support the charity.  Taking inspiration from the charity’s name, this 4% pale ale has been created with three hops that all also begin with the letter ‘C’ – Cascade, Centennial, and Columbus – which provide a vibrant fruity flavour with tropical and citrus notes alongside a spicy hint of resinous pine.

We have a long standing relationship with Cavendish Cancer Care, having worked with them on and off for a number of years. We are delighted to have teamed up with them as our charity partner for the whole year and be organising a variety of events with them throughout 2017, at both of our pubs as well as at our upcoming beer festival Sunfest, which is where you will have the opportunity to drink the very first cask of our charity brew!

Cavendish Cancer Care (reg charity 1104261) is a Sheffield charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living with cancer in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire. They believe no one should face cancer alone, so provide emotional and physical support through counselling and complementary therapies. Their services are provided free of charge and they rely on the donations from supporters and help from volunteers to continue their very valuable work, with only two weeks per year of NHS funding provided.

See for more information, including if you would like to get involved with Cavendish or might know someone who needs their help.

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    A true Sheffield institution founded in 1996 and based in the heart of the Antiques Quarter, Abbeydale Brewery blends heritage and tradition with creativity and innovation.

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