Stancill Brewery

Stancill Brewery has given a makeover to one of its most popular beers after receiving a high number of requests from to produce a vegan-friendly beer.

Launched in April, the unfined version of Stancill Blonde is served hazy, but according to head brewer Dean Pleasant, the removal of the finings has had an unexpected effect on the beer, enhancing the subtle flavours within the light, refreshing 3.9% ale.

Hayle McPhie, manager at The Closed shop said: “There has been a noticeable shift in the tastes of beer drinkers and we have seen a noticeable increase in the numbers of drinkers requesting vegan friendly alternatives. The unfined version of Stancill Blonde has proved to be very popular amongst the pub’s vegan drinkers.”

Dean Pleasant, head brewer at Stancill Brewery explains: “Finings are used to provide clarity within beer. Many drinkers are often deterred from drinking hazy or cloudy beer as this can sometimes be a sign that the beer hasn’t been looked after correctly. However, finings can also impact on the taste of beer. Removing the finings from Stancill Blonde has helped to bring out some of the subtle flavours in the beer.”

Currently available on cask at The Closed Shop, the unfined version of Stancill Blonde can also be ordered by special request from the brewery.

Meanwhile, hot on the heels of Stancill’s ESB beer launched last month, the latest offering in Stancill’s Full of Dank range is an amber ale, packed with fruity flavours ready to welcome the warmer summer weather.

Brewed using a combination of German-produced Hüll Melon and New Zealand Wai-iti hop varieties, the result is an easy-drinking, refreshing beer with hints of strawberries, melon, peaches and ripe apricots.

Set to be released in early May, the yet-to-be-named 4% beer will be available in cask, key keg and cans. The Full of Dank range, which includes Charlie Brown and ESB, is also vegan friendly.

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