brewSocial‘s new beer in January was Nice Drop, a single-hopped blonde beer. Large quantities of pilsner malt in the mash give a pleasant mouthfeel. Harlequin hops impart tropical fruit notes, and a pronounced bitter finish. February saw Crackin’ Nuts go on sale, a 4% ABV chestnut ale.
The St Mars of the Desert taproom was sadly broken into on Christmas Day and damaged plus items stolen. Community rallied round and helped Dann and Martha get it tidied up. In more positive news they have recently brewed a collaboration beer with Ossett brewery, Amere Biere, a hazy French bitter.
Grizzly Grains launched a couple of new bottled beers in January – The Biggest Dimple (8.8% ABV, a parti-gyle with their Big Dimples Mild), Feste (a strong saison at 9.3% ABV). February saw their first cask beer of the year brewed, using low carbon Chinook hops. They’ve also got a pop up taproom arrangement set up in the brewery now, which saw it’s first opening on 15 February taking advantage of being close to Bramall Lane stadium to cater for pre-match drinks demand!
Loxley Brewery produced a new citrussy, hoppy easy going pale ale in January called First Totem Pole, celebrating an obscure reference to the first ever totem pole having a raven on top!
Talking of Loxley Brewery, they celebrated their fifth birthday with a bash at the Wisewood Inn at the end of February.
Beer Ink of Huddersfield has brewed a Sheffield collaboration to be launched at the Rutland Arms during Sheffield Beer Week. They have worked with Bullion Chocolate and Frazer’s Coffee Roasters to make two special beers. There is also a limited edition blend of the two to create a coffee Mocha Stout!
Bradfield Brewery continue to work through their roster of seasonal beers in 2023 with Farmers Blushed out for Valentines Day with Farmers Irish Dexter replacing it in time for St Patricks Day. Later in March look out for Farmers Plumb Bitter then of course for the World Snooker Championships in April will be CruciBULL Ale.