3rd Prize for Black Mass at Sheffield Steel City Beer Festival! Dan at Abbeydale says, “We never expect to win an award at any beer festival. It’s always a great feeling when we get something and joint 3rd prize for Black Mass is no exception. It’s great to know our prized Black Mass still cuts the mustard.” Black Mass is a 6.66% rich, aged and complex stout. Truly some to savour in front of an open fire in the cold winter months.
On a similar note, Abbeydale were absolutely thrilled also to learn that Absolution 5.3% took 1st prize at North Cheshire CAMRA’s Northwich Beer Festival. The presentation for this was on Saturday 16th November at the Rising Sun, Fulwood. Keep an eye on Abbeydale’s blog page on their website for details on that.
More great news, thanks mainly to the efforts of John Parkinson (production director) Abbeydale have been awarded a gold standard by the NSF for the second year running. NSF International is the most widely known and respected food assurance brand and an independent, accredited organisation that tests, audits and certifies products and systems.
Over the last Christmas period, Abbeydale just about managed to hang in there in terms of quantity of specials available despite their 190 barrel week! So, in an attempt to keep up with demand this year, they’ll be brewing a great range of six tantalising, festive treats. By the time this is out, the seasonal Winter 5.2% IPA with juicy New Zealand hops will have hit the streets along with the first of the festive specials, Chocs Away. This 5.5% belter is a full bodied chocolate stout… enough said! Let’s also not forget Baubles! A 4.1% pale ale with subtle marmalade and figgy pudding.
Kicking off the famous Dr. Morton’s range they’ll have; Dr. Morton’s Christmas Hamster 4.1%. A very drinkable session beer with additions of Munich malt turning it a lovely deep golden colour. You’ll also get a Christmas hamper of biscuit and caramel derived from further additions of Caramalt (in the beer not actually a free gift!).
Then, leave the brandy aside for Santa this Christmas as the pumps will be alive with the sound of Dr. Morton’s Christmas Cheer 4.5%. It’s brim full with hard hitting hops and expect to taste coconut and lemon from the superb Sorachi Ace. It doesn’t stop there! You also have Dr. Morton’s Paranoid Snowman 4.1% with a stunning line-up of Wakatu, Motueka, Rakau and Galaxy hops.