It’s been a while since we’ve contributed however we’ve been busily brewing lots of tasty beer and there’s plenty to catch you up on…
General Manager, Claire Monk, is now back at the helm after having a little boy in February. It doesn’t seem like five minutes ago that it was Christmas and we were wishing Claire well in her maternity leave. With the festive season in mind we’re getting well ahead on prep for our bottled beers and mini-kegs, the latter of which proved to be incredibly popular last year. We’re more than happy to take Christmas orders for 36 pint boxes of beer- if this is of interest please forward your request to: email@example.com
Lady A our super-special Abbey ale, brewed in the style of a Belgian dubbel with abbaye yeast is available once again. This is the second and final batch and the version we matured in red wine barrels underneath the Abbey itself. The 5th Duke of Portland was a rather elusive character and commissioned the tunnels to be built so that he could move around his lands without confrontation and in secrecy. The Welbeck Estate’s series of underground tunnels are famed around these parts and it’s suggested that one reaches as far as Worksop. Lady A takes its name in honour of Lady (Ivy) Algernon Gordon-Lennox, artistic visionary and founder of the Harley Foundation; intended to “encourage creativity in all of us” and ensure that the public could have access to visual arts. Lady A (the ale) drinks with figgy, rich, plum-bread tones; balanced out neatly with light banana esters and a hint of sherbet. Red wine aromas and flavours come through on the back-palate giving way to a highly satisfying finish. This ale is almost as complex as the history that lies behind it. At 7.1% it’s certainly not in line with our usual brews and with this in mind is available in 330ml bottles and for a limited time only.
Monthly Specials for October will be hitting a bar near you soon with Cubitt’s Voyage, Ernest George and Let’s Get Fiscal all ready to go. The latter is a 5.3% hard-hitting New Zealand IPA, brewed as part of our ‘Brewer’s Choice’ range with this month featuring the choice of our long suffering accountant Helen. Ernest George sees a return as part of the Welbeck Favourites range and this deep ruby libation promises hints of roasted coffee and rich dark chocolate whilst being fairly easy drinking at an ABV of 4.2%. Finally Cubitt’s Voyage is a light, zesty, refreshing 3.5% pale, full of citrus fruit provided by New Zealand hops. As ever you’ll be able to try our ales all over South Yorkshire and the Midlands however you’ll always find a good selection available at our very own micro-bar, Portland House, on Ecclesall Road, Sheffield.
Portland House has recently seen a change in management and I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Amie and George, General and Assistant Managers’ respectively. Please do pop down and say “hi”. We have a regular series of events on offer at ‘PH’ and excellent tasting evenings provided by the good folk at Starmore Boss who supply us with a most excellent array of spirits and expertise. The future looks very bright for our little boozer and we hope that you’ll continue to support us in these changing times. Notable events in the calendar include a ‘Meet the Brewer’ night featuring Claire Monk, the mastermind behind all things ‘WAB’. We also have a (fast selling out) Gin Tasting evening in early November. To book please contact Portland House via telephone or the Facebook page for more information and event details.
Hannah Bolton, Assistant Manager.