Firstly the team at Welbeck would like to wish all our supporters a very Happy New Year. We couldn’t continue if it wasn’t for those who do therefore we wish you all a prosperous and happy 2016.
It’s already shaping up to be a busy one here at the brewery and there are plenty of plans afoot and treats in-store. We’re currently in the process of sampling and racking our second batch of Lady A, an abbey dubbel- style ale which is currently wood-cask maturing in the tunnels under Welbeck Abbey itself. It’s a fine libation full of dry wood tannin, rich abbey yeast and red fruits. Imagine a vastly ramped up, imperial strength Red Feather and you may be getting close. Some of you were lucky enough to get your hands on the first batch we released. Keep your eyes peeled on Twitter and Facebook for announcement of the release of the second batch.
Our newest venture Portland House, based on Ecclesall Road in Sheffield has settled into its surrounds nicely and the pub is preparing to start promoting tasting evenings in the very near future. It’s a lovely place to sit and watch the world go by (with a tasty beverage in hand) so drop in and say hello if you find yourself in the area.
Our January Specials are out now so look out for brewery favourite: Kaiser, a 4.1% lager-style pale brewed with German hops for an authentic herbal aroma and cereal malt tones. It’s crisp, dry and refreshing- just what you need to kick off a new year! Our other Monthly Special for January is Seven Sisters pale ale at 4.2%. It has a refreshing lemon barley citrus flavour, giving way to light bitterness. It was brewed to celebrate a medieval oak tree on the estate, which sprung seven trunks- known locally as the Seven Sisters. February specials are also planned and the hugely successful Savoy Hill (USA pale) and Firehouse Red (hoppy red rye) will be making a return.
Finally we have a few staff announcements at the brewery. Some of you may be aware that Head Brewer, General Manager and (brewery) Mother Goose- Claire is expecting her first child. Claire is now on maternity leave for 6 months and we wish her and husband Tom well for the new arrival very soon. During this time please direct all enquiries to Hannah at the brewery who is Acting General Manager in Claire’s place. Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to Assistant Brewer, Joe, as he moved on to an apprenticeship with a civil engineering firm in Sheffield. He will be missed however we wish Joe all the best in his new career. Some of you may now have met our new full-time Delivery Driver, Peter, who has settled into brewery life very well. Give him a wave if you see him on his rounds! Finally we welcome Tom Roe as Assistant Brewer. He is already enjoying learning to brew on a large scale after tinkering on his home brew kit.
So that’s it for now folks, we would like to thank you all once more for your continued support throughout the last five years and wish you all well for the year ahead.