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Heritage Brewing

Heritage Brewing

For our first ever heritage brew we have teamed up with legendary beer historian Ron Pattinson, in conjunction with Jules from Sheffield Beer Week.

Together, we’ve revived an 1868 William Younger No 1 recipe, which in today’s terms would probably be labelled a barley wine. As we’ve learned from Ron, however, it’s difficult to fit these historical beers into the constraints of our modern beer styles! At the time, this would have been described as a Scotch Ale, an Edinburgh Ale, or simply (and pretty accurately!) as a Strong Ale. Weighing in at a hefty 10.3%, we plan to release some of the beer in steel casks with the remainder being barrel aged for an even more authentic flavour. We will be using a variety of sizes and types of barrel, and testing and comparing the different types throughout the ageing process (with continued input from Ron and Jules) to get the tastiest beer possible.

…And the first of these casks is heading to Sheffield CAMRA’s Steel City Beer Festival this week!

Originally created by Younger’s in the 1850s, their No 1 “King of Ales” continued to be made for a full century, although it underwent many recipe changes throughout this period. We’ve kept ours as close as possible to the 1868 version of the recipe, with a few small amendments due to modern constraints.

The brew day itself was pretty unusual, with different techniques needed to recreate the recipe effectively. Our usual 1 hour 15 minute boil was increased to 2 hours, darkening and strengthening the wort “manually” – usually, we’d add a darker malt and some sugar!

We are planning to launch the barrel aged version of this beer at a special event during Sheffield Beer Week in March 2018, keep your eyes peeled for more details on this nearer the time.

For more on historic Scottish beer styles, we can highly recommend Ron’s new book “Macbeth!”. It was a privilege to spend the day with such a knowledgeable man with so many interesting, thought provoking and often hilarious stories to tell.


We also just wanted to make a quick comment on the news that SIBA Beer X, the trade exhibition and beer festival run by the Society of Independent Brewers (of which we are a member) has moved to a bigger venue in Liverpool after 5 years in Sheffield. Sheffield Beer Week has always been run at the same time as this festival since it’s inception three years ago, so what happens now?

It’s fair to say that Sheffield Beer Week coinciding with Beer X was initially an advantage, as it meant that many brewers and other industry people had already flocked to Sheffield and so were in the area to attend and deliver events. However, we certainly believe here that Beer Week itself now has so much momentum and is such a great thing for our wonderful beery city that it is a huge attraction for the industry and customers alike, in and of itself.

And so whilst it’s a shame that SIBA has made the move, we support their decision in terms of the new improved venue that Liverpool is able to offer, and look forward to Sheffield Beer Week continuing to expand independently.


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SunFest 2015 Beer List

SunFest 2015 Beer List

Well it’s the announcement most of you have been waiting for, the 2015 SunFest list is here! Be warned, there is the possibility of some last minute changes, but it should look a little something like this…

Abbeydale Brewery, Sheffield. Bex 6.0%
Abbeydale Brewery, Sheffield. Black Lurcher 7.2%
Abbeydale Brewery, Sheffield. DM January Sales 5.5%
Abbeydale Brewery, Sheffield. Summit 4.1%
Acorn Brewery, Barnsley. Gorlovka Imperial Stout 6.0%
Ashover Brewery, Ashover, Derbyshire. Elderflower 4.0%
Axholme Brewing Company, Crowle, North Lincs. Honeyblossom 5.0%
Bad Co Brewing & Distilling, Dishforth, North Yorkshire. Bourbon 7.4%
Bad Co Brewing & Distilling, Dishforth, North Yorkshire. Dazed & Confused 5.5%
Bad Co Brewing & Distilling, Dishforth, North Yorkshire. Elderflower Fall 4.3%
Bad Seed Brewery, Malton. Summer Ale 3.8%
Barlow Brewery, Barlow, Derbyshire. Jolly Roger 5.0%
Fixed Wheel Single Speed Mosaic 4.5%
Black Horse Brewing, Louth, Lincolnshire. Thanks Pa 6.0%
Black Iris Brewery, Nottingham. Rise & Shine 5.2%
Blue Bee Brewery, Sheffield. Cosmic Gold 3.8%
Blue Monkey Brewery, Nottingham. Marmalape 4.5%
Bollington Brewing Co., Bollington, Cheshire. Waterloo 200 4.1%
Bradford Brewery, Bradford. Death Cookie 5.7%
Brass Castle Brewery, Malton. Sunshine 5.7%
Brecon Brewing, Powys, Wales. Rescue Beacons 4.0%
Brewster’s Brewery Co Ltd, Grantham, Lincolnshire. Wicked Woman: Maris 4.8%
Bristol Beer Factory, Bristol. Seven 6.7%
Brown Cow Brewery, Selby, North Lincolnshire. Thriller in Vanilla 5.1%
Bumpmill Brewery, Alfreton, Derbyshire. Moonraker 3.8%
Burton Bridge Brewery, Burton upon Trent. Burton 4.8%
Butcombe Brewery, Somerset. Yeti 4.0%
Chadwicks’s Brewery, Kendal. Spring Hop 3.8%
Chantry Brewery, Rotherham. Teaser 4.5%
Cloudwater Brew Co, Manchester. Grisette 3.5%
Colchester Brewery, Colchester, Essex. Braggot 4.2%
Colchester Brewery, Colchester, Essex. Red Diesel 4.2%
Collaboration Abbeydale Brewery / Griffin Claw, Sheffield/Grand Rapids, Michigan. Griffin’dAle 5.0%
Collaboration Black Iris Brewery & Hand Drawn Monkey, Nottingham. Smoked Chillie 4.0%
Collaboration Raw / Waen / Steel City, 0. Troika 5.3%
Dancing Duck Brewery, Derby. Waddle it be 4.5%
Dawkins Ales, Bath, Gloucestershire. Black Flag 4.6%
Double Top Brewery, Worksop. The Ringer 5.0%
Dukeries Brewery Ltd, Worksop, Nottinghamshire. Lady Matilda 5.5%
Elland Brewery, Elland, West Yorkshire. Pacifica 4.6%
Empire Brewing, Huddersfield. Big Brother 5.0%
Exit 33 Brewing, Sheffield. Golden Cascade 4.5%
Fernandes Brewery, Wakefield. Stone Circle IPA 6.0%
Fool Hardy Ales, Stockport. Radical Brew # 2 4.2%
Fyne Ales Brewery, Cairndow, Argyll. Rune 3.5%
Great Heck Brewing Company, Goole, North Lincs. Black Jesus 6.5%
Hand Drawn Monkey Brewing Co, Huddersfield. Orange Cream Soda 6.0%
Healey Brewery, Ulverston, Cumbria. True Brit 3.6%
Helmsley Brewing Co., Helmsley, North Yorks. Howardian Gold 4.2%
Instant Karma Brewery, Chesterfield. Saffron Kesar 4.0%
Intrepid Brewing Company, Hope Valley. Travellers IPA 5.4%
Isle of Purbeck Brewery, Swanage, Dorset. Fossil Fuel 4.8%
Kelham Island Brewery, Sheffield. Full Nutty Jacket 4.3%
Keltek Cornish Brewery, Redruth, Cornwall. Magik 4.0%
Kirkstall Brewery Company, Leeds. Dissolution 5.0%
Lincoln Green Brewing Company, Nottingham. Fleroveium 4.0%
Liverpool Craft Beer Co., Liverpool. Oatmeal Stout 4.5%
Lymestone Brewery, Stone, Staffordshire. Lymestone Cowboy 4.2%
Mallinsons Brewing Company, Huddersfield. Cha Cha Cha 4.4%
Melwood Beer Company, Liverpool. Moondance 4.5%
Merlins Micro Brewery, Sandback, Cheshire. Spellbound 4.0%
Milk Street Brewery, Frome. Gulp 4.5%
Monty’s Brewery, Powys, Wales. Sunshine 4.2%
Oakham Ales, Peterborough. Pint Please 4.1%
Offbeat Brewery Limited, Crewe. Disfunctional IPA 4.8%
On The Edge, Sheffield. 0 0.0%
Ossett Brewery, Ossett, West Yorkshire. Town End Twist 5.0%
Pheasantry Brewery, Newark. US IPA 4.3%
Plain Ales, Warminster. Inntrigue 4.2%
Purple Moose Brewery, Portmadog. Dark Side of the Moose 4.6%
Quirky , Garforth, West Yorkshire. Gold 5.0%
Rat Brewery, Huddersfield. Phantom Rastberry Blower  5.5%
Raw Brewing Company, Chesterfield. Anubis Porter 5.2%
Raw Brewing Company, Chesterfield. Xtreme Nr 5 0.0%
Revolutions Brewing Company Ltd, Castleford West Yorkshire. White Wedding 4.5%
Riverhead Brewery, Marsden West Yorkshire. Celesti-Ale 4.1%
Rock & Roll Brewhouse, Birmingham. Psychobilly Cadillac 4.0%
Sentinel Brewing Co, Sheffield. ZestFest 4.5%
Sheffield Brewery Company, Sheffield. Mayhem 3.4%
Stancill Brewery, Sheffield. Zepplin 4.5%
Star Brewing Company, Market Deeping. Astral 4.5%
Steel City Brewing, Sheffield. Just What Nobody Wanted 4.5%
Stockport Brewing Company, Stockport. Ginger Tinge 4.2%
Talke O’ Th’ Hill Brewery, Talke, Staffordshire. Summit 4.0%
Tigertops Brewery, Wakefield. Warrior Clan 4.4%
Tipsy Angel Brewery, Warrington. Big Belter 5.2%
Toolmakers Brewery, Sheffield. Mitrebox 4.0%
Townhouse Brewery, Audley, Staffordshire. Oaken Kriek 5.0%
Townhouse Brewery, Audley, Staffordshire. Wai-iti 4.1%
Weal Ales Brewery, Newcastle, Staffordshire. Weal Noir 4.8%
Weal Ales Brewery, Newcastle, Staffordshire. Weals in Motion 4.6%
Welbeck Abbey Brewery, Welbeck, Worksop. Aramis 4.3%
Wentworth Brewery, Wentworth, Rotherham. Early Fruits 4.2%
Whippet Brewing Co, Leeds, West Yorkshire. House Dogge 3.7%
Wincle Beer Co., Macclesfield. Wibbly Wallaby 4.4%
Woodstreet Brewery, Sheffield. Eisenhower 4.8%
Yeovil Ales Brewery, Yeovil, Somerset. Posh IPA 5.4%

The keg list and cider list will be revealed next week, but these should whet your appetites!

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Jester – A new breed of English hop

Jester - A new breed of English hop

The start of December brings with it the release of the third beer in our Albion Ales series, showcasing British hops.  Following on from the roaring success of ‘Scepter’d Ale’ and ‘Full English Breakfast’ we have ‘Jester’.  A 4.1% pale ale in the classic Abbeydale style, we are using just the Jester hop in late addition to try and showcase this great British hop.

Grown by Charles Faram and initially launched in 2012 in tiny quantities, this is an attempt by the hop farmers to produce a British hop with a flavour profile more akin to the very popular varieties grown in Australia, New Zealand and the US. Typically these new world hops are bursting with citrus and tropical fruit flavours and aromas, with grapefruit, mango, lemon peel, and pineapple often present and high amounts of dry bitterness imparted into the beer.  

Typically, British hops have less pungent flavour profiles, with more earthy, grassy and pine notes being the general characteristics, in what has become known as noble hop character. Due to the (relatively) even rainfall of the British climate throughout the year, very few of our hop plants are irrigated leading to lower levels of myrcene (a natural organic compound found in the hop oils) to develop a more delicate aroma.

So we come back to Jester, the new world style hop with a British slant. A particularly oily hop, with aromas of grapefruit and lychee when rubbed in your hand.  When used in a beer, more of a marmalade character develops. We’re excited to see how our balanced session pale style suits this bold young hop, which is leading the way for the revival of the British hop market.   

For more information on British hops in general, we advise you visit the website of the British Hop Association at 


Cheers & Beers!



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