Well the building work has commenced! We’re planning on knocking the walls down in the brewery to get more tanks in, and will also be building a kitchen and office. Whilst all the work is on we shall be striving to maintain a reliable supply of beer to your locals.
Firstly we’d like to congratulate all those involved on the opening of Stancil brewery. We’re looking forward to drinking the newest Sheffield beer, and wish them the best of luck with taking over and developing the exciting range of ales for the Forum Café Bars group. The final beer which we shall be brewing for the Forum Café Bars group will be American Blonde. This will be hopped used Cascade and Galaxy to produce a delicately balanced fruit-flavour infused ale at 3.8% ABV. Whilst we won’t be brewing these bespoke beers any longer, we’re pleased to continue to work closely with this exciting pub group.
We are pleased to announce that we are to team up with Nottingham based beer producers From the Notebook Limited (FTN) to produce a series of wildlife beers in order to benefit the work of Butterfly Conservation. In total, 4 new beers are to be brewed which represent the characteristics and traits of moths. The style of the beers, beginning with the spookily named Death’s-head Hawk-moth will follow FTN’s mantra in producing what they call “Wildlife-Inspired Idiosyncratic Beers”. FTN’s founder, Graeme Denton and Welbeck Abbey’s head brewer Claire Monk have got their heads together to come up with a series of beer styles and flavours appropriate for the moths they are to represent.
Our February specials will be Nightingale and Kaiser. Nightingale is the next in our ‘Best of British’ series and is named after a beautiful woodland spot right in the heart of the Welbeck estate. A 5.5%ABV authentic English India Pale Ale, packed full of flavour from British hops and balanced with sweet caramalt. Kaiser on the other hand is quite different, being part of the ‘Continental’ series. This has become one of our much-loved ales and will be repeated in November. Crisp, dry, biscuity lager malt flavours are perfectly balanced with sweet, honey like floral hops from Germany.
There are several collaboration events happening over the next few months which we’re pleased to be part of. Firstly on the 20th February our head brewer Claire will be working with the Biology societies at the University of Sheffield to give a talk on exciting careers in science.
For a more open opportunity to speak to Claire, there will be a Meet the Brewer event at the Welbeck Farm Shop on Thursday 27th February. This will include free tasters and a talk about how we make our range of beers. To book your place pop in to the shop or call on 01909 478725.
On the 17th March the Welbeck Abbey Brewery, School of Artisan Food, and Doncaster CAMRA, will all be joining forces to host a free evening exploring and understanding the science behind English Real Ale fermentation. For all details about this event and the many others taking place around Sheffield please have a look at their website.