March heralds the arrival of Sheffield Beer Week, and we’re launching a couple of special beers for the occasion. First up, we’ve got a cask only pale ale brewed in collaboration with Lily Waite’s Queer Brewing Project and Out & About (4.3%), using Amarillo, Chinook and Mosaic hops. We’ve also trialled the use of “Super F” vegan finings in this one and added Brewers Clarex, to make it as accessible to as many beer drinkers as we can.
And launching at Indie Beer Feast (6th-7th March at Abbeydale Picture House, tickets still available at the time of writing!) we’re bringing back our Deliverance IPA with a bang! To welcome it back into our range after a fairly lengthy absence, we’ve teamed up with acclaimed hop suppliers Yakima Chief to use a trio of hops from the wild Neomexicanus subspecies – Sabro, and two experimental varieties currently named HBC 472 and HBC 692. Expect aromas and flavours of juicy citrus, creamy coconut and a hint of bourbon character from this 7.0% IPA. This one will be available in cask, keg and can.
Turning to the dark side, we’re going to be Crossing the Threshold with a 6.7% dessert stout brewed in collaboration with our London based friends Orbit Beers and inspired by our brewers’ travels to Vietnam. Paying homage to our shared love of street food, this silky and indulgent stout is based on a Bánh bò steamed rice cake, with rice in the grist, plus coconut, coconut milk and Sorachi Ace hops.
We’re also launching a new series celebrating the “Hidden Treasures” of our wonderful city. The first of these is called Family Heirlooms & Tuneful Endings, and will be a 4.1% pale ale. The artwork is a nod to brewery owner Pat’s life before Abbeydale… it’s a story that won’t fit here, so give us a week or so and check our website for a blog post with alllll the details!
And just to finish off the month, our springtime dry-hopped pale ale Reverie is making a comeback (4.2%), and our lovely new Hopback series continues with a Tradition hopped pale (4.1%).