It’s been an eventful few months at Welbeck with building work starting, events being held and most excitingly, awards being won! We were extremely pleased that Portland Black, our 4.5% porter was crowned Champion beer of East Midlands to win its regional heat at The National Winter Ales Festival held in Derby. The final will be held at the same festival next year, so fingers crossed for a win. Thanks go to everyone who nominated our beer. The Brewery yard project is progressing at a swift pace. Our brewery is housed in a renovated farm building, however the buildings attached either side were not included in the project and are now being worked on. They will become purpose-built units for other food producers, and we already know that Boutique Aromatique, a fine chocolatier, will be a neighbour. A chocolate beer may have to be brewed! While the work is going on we will unfortunately be unable to host brewery tours but are hoping to start again once it’s completed. Meanwhile, we’re knocking some walls down in the brewery to make room for two new tanks. This will take our production up from 15,000 pints a week to 18,000! We’re confident that we can continue growing this way, particularly because the chancellor has seen the light and dropped beer duty AGAIN! It’s a good job I was sat down when I heard… Our latest collaboration with From the Notebook is going well, with our first beer, Deaths Head Hawk Moth, proving very popular. It’s a velvety smooth 5% stout with hints of chocolate and coffee but no burnt notes at all. The second moth beer brewed to support the Butterfly Conservation charity will be Merville Du Jour, a 4.6% IPA brewed with American and New Zealand hops. Another recent collaboration we are hoping to repeat was an event to demonstrate the Science Behind Beer. We were asked by Doncaster CAMRA and Sheffield Science Festival if we would be happy to host an event in the brewery for member of the public to attend. Of course, we said yes, and roped in the School of Artisan Food to provide a brilliant venue and superb food. The evening saw 30 people visit the brewery for a tour, take part in exciting science experiments, and have the chance to ask a panel of specialist brewers, publicans and academics about the science behind beer. It was a fabulous night and we have already been asked to take part next year. And finally it’s all change at the brewery again, as Kyle leaves us and Joe joins. Joe lives a stones throw from the Broadfield in Sheffield and is a keen real ale fan. We look forward to having him as part of the team.