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Malternative Facts

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When Mikey mentioned that me and Robin had been invited by our malt supplier for a tour, my initial reaction was – cool, road trip! Our Malt supplier is Muntons, who have been making malt products at their site in Stowmarket since 1921. After that I began thinking – I’ve always associated malt and beer, but there got to be more to it than that? Time to learn some malternative facts – sorry. Mikey assured us we’d have a good time and even negotiated dinner and drinks with a Muntons representative named Joseph the evening of our arrival. So, in preparation for the long drive we had the afternoon off and hit the road after lunch. Luckily the traffic was kind and…

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Old Man Beer

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Before anyone gets slightly involved in the blogs that I will be spurting out over the many years to come, I feel it is only fair that I give everyone (I say boldly, hoping a kind soul takes the time to read this) a quick introduction of myself and where my passion and love for beer has stemmed from. Within the brewery there are currently three Michael’s working here, so I would like to formally introduce myself as Mikey. My official job title is “operations director”, what this means so far I am not sure as each and every day brings on a whole host of fresh challenges and exciting opportunities to pursue and stumble through. The life of working…

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Bears Loose in Germany

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In late November, Mikey (Operations Director) and I were lucky enough to be invited to attend Braubeviale 2018, a 3 day exhibition in Nuremberg for the beverage industry. With a view to expanding our current production capacity in the near future this was a perfect opportunity to touch base with some suppliers we already knew about and scope out any that had slipped under the radar. After a long drive to London in the middle of the night and a short flight to Europe in the early hours, we arrived, somewhat bleary eyed, in Nuremberg and on arrival our expectations were not disappointed. We were greeted with 12 connected halls containing over 40,000 exhibitors showing some incredible gear. Over the…

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A Behemoth Bearlee

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Off the back of a great response to our “Créme Bearlee” since it’s introduction, 18 months ago. We decided that a perfect way to complement the hustle and bustle of the festive season would be to brew a one-off imperial version of our dessert-inspired stout. So we set about it. We made some tweaks to the malt bill but it remained primarily unchanged blending in dark crystal, wheat malt and torrefied barley, With a mind to keep the majority of the malty character and sweetness which made its lower ABV counterpart so approachable to stout-enthusiast and stranger alike. In addition, to obtain the gravity needed for us to reach our target ABV we also added a hefty quantity of molasses…

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