Blue Bee Brewery

2016 has begun and at Blue Bee we continue to produce a range of brand new beers, starting with a couple of single hopped IPAs. First up is Rakau IPA 5.0% using New Zealand Rakau hops which impart passion fruit, pine needle and tropical fruit flavours. Secondly is Columbus IPA 5.0%, Columbus is a hop we use quite a lot for bittering our beers due to its’ high alpha acid content. Therefore this IPA will be bitter in taste leading to citrus and sherbet flavours. On top the single hopped IPAs we also have a black IPA: Into the Void 6.0% combining Motueka and Columbus hops to give citrus fruit flavours backed up with complex roast malt flavours.

If it is something a little weaker you are after we put our left over Mosaic and Galaxy hops to good use to create Trans Pacific Pale 3.7%. These two fantastic hops along with a touch of Rakau have produced a great session pale with big a tropical fruit flavour and a dry lingering finish. As well as this we have produced a beer with a blend of five malt varieties to give a deep ruby colour along with plenty of Southern Hemisphere hops to give a fruity hop flavour to create Oceanic Red 4.7%.

Over the next couple of months we have a few extra specials beers in the pipeline including a milk coffee stout, an IPA with the addition of mangos and something showcasing the new and excellent Equinox hops. So watch this space!

Josh Jepson


About Andy Cullen

Andy has been actively involved in CAMRA since the early 2000s after being recruited to sit on a National Younger Members Task Group. Since then he has held roles on the branch committee including Secretary, Membership Secretary, Magazine Editor, Chair and now Social Secretary. Andy has also been involved with the Steel City Beer & Cider Festival almost every year since becoming active in the branch.

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