Tuesday, 28 June 2011
The beers of Welbeck Abbey Brewery
It's been a while since I updated you, so here's what's been going on...
After several teething problems we managed to produce a cracking first beer. This is a summery golden ale brewed with Willamette, Cascade and Chinook hops from North America. It's got a zingy punch and is incredibly moreish!
The second beer we have got out into your local is a deep amber bitter. 'Red Feather' is brewed with all English ingredients, with plenty of crystal malt to give it a sweet caramel flavour balanced with English hops.
The name comes from the Welbeck logo, a pair of red feathers which are used on everything Welbeck, including our pump clips.
Currently fermenting and due to finish soon is 'Ernest George' at 4.2%ABV. This is a very deep brown ale is packed full of chocolate malt, black malt, and roasted barley to give it incredibly intense rich flavours. These flavours a cut through with a good rounded bitterness from English hops, and an undertone of sweetness from crystal malt. It's not heavy drinking like a porter, but a more than satisfying pint.
Sir Ernest George was an architect during the early 20th century. He repaired much of the abbey after a fire in one of the wings, and designed several of the other small buildings on the estate. We think it's an appropriate name for a good, traditional English bitter with lots of dark and smokey character!