Blue Bee Brewery

We have had a busy September both at the brewery and on the road. After previous collaborations at our place with Abbeydale and North Riding we have finally got round to visiting them and brewing up a couple of great beers. Firstly, at Abbeydale we brewed a mega-hoppy rye and oat IPA, Are There Hops in Hell? (7.3%), combining Eureka, Citra and Sorachi hops which will be available in both cask and keg. Over in Scarborough at North Riding we produced Variations (5.0%), a single-hopped pale ale using Enigma. This Aussie hop is said to produce pinot gris and raspberry flavours but we will have to wait and see.

Back at base, we had Dan from Regather Co-operative over to help them produce one of their beers on a larger scale so they would have their beer in cask for the first time. For those of you have not heard of Regather they are trading co-operative based just off London Road and are home to one of Sheffield’s smallest breweries, producing bottled beers for events at their in-house bar. After chatting with Dan, we decided on a slight variation on their EPA and have brewed Regather Pale (3.9%), a fruity well balanced session pale using American Willamette hops with a floral and herbal finish. After initial tastings we are both really please with the outcome and look forward to seeing it on the bars of Sheffield.

On top of all this we also produced a few specials by ourselves. Firstly we have re-brewed Coffee Milk Stout (5.4%) which went down really well this year. This smooth, rich stout is brewed with lactose and cold brewed coffee from local roaster Frazers Coffee. We will also be adding Tia Maria to a limited number of casks since it proved very popular at the Kelham Island Tavern’s summer beer festival. Next up is a brand new beer, Ekuanot Red (4.7%), with a biscuit malt body backed up with a big tropical hop flavour and aroma from the superb American hop Ekuanot (formerly Equinox). September also saw us finally get round to brew the missing American 5 Hop Version 13 (4.3%). After missing out number 13 for no reason other than to see if anyone would notice (and they did), we are trying out five of our favourite US hops together: Mosaic, Citra, Ekuanot, Simcoe and Columbus. So this one should be extra special! Look out for all of these beers in pubs across Sheffield and beyond as well as at Steel City Beer Festival in October.

Josh Jepson

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