It all starts with a mash whether it’s brewing beer or distilling gin so for September and October we’ve gone on the hunt for the people who do both.  We’ve got a great line up of beers and an extra 15 gins to add to our fabulous gin menu.  Beers will be in a variety of cask, keg and bottle.

We open up with a whole new lineup of beers on the bar; on the cask side we’re very happy to have some Offbeat beers back (we’re still brewing too luckily!). Check out Raspberry Odd Sock and Disfunctional Functional IPA and then our guest cask is a big hitter, Battle Down Brewery’s Four Kings Strong Ale – A real block-buster of a beer, hugely complex taste and lots of it. Lots of everything and then some…!

And on the keg taps we have;

  • Bibble from Wild; hopped with beautiful Mosaic hops, renowned for their tropical fruit beauty, helped along with some nice orangey Amarillo hops both at the end of the boil and in the dry hop. It is unfined, so naturally hazy. A moreish bitterness is complimented by tropical fruit tastiness.
  • Renegade’s West Coast Pale; pow! Hops! This APA is inspired by the great craft beers of the U.S. West Coast. Shedloads of Cascade, Summit, Colombus and Chinook result in a big, fat, hop bomb of a beer.
  • Costwold Brewery’s Haus Lager; go-to Session lager; easy drinking with hints of tropical fruits and elderflower. Cold stored for at least four weeks and doesn’t contain any nasties (additives or preservatives).
  • Sonnet 43’s The Raven Bourbon Stout; this brew is much more than meets the eye. Oats and a multitude of malts give this sweet stout its sumptuous base. Expect bitter, yet silky chocolateyness from cocoa nibs and chocolate malt, giving way to the smoky sweetness from ageing in bourbon liquor oak casks. The Raven is a moreish combination and certainly not a case of ‘nevermore’.
  • And because we always like something a bit weird or sour or out there we’ve got Lines Acid Oat On Citra Juicy Pale; blended oaty Session IPA, dry hopped with citra, blended with a neutral sour.
  • Offbeat Porangi New Zealand Pale makes it’s debut, packed full of sumptuous tangerine and lemon flavours from a big serving of New Zealand hops.

We’ve also bottles from Eden Mill;

  • Shipwreck IPA; big and hoppy with lots of sweet tropical fruit notes. Not too bitter on the forefront with mellowed hop aromas due to long conditioning periods. A refreshing, tropical fruit aroma with a mellow floral hop character which leads to a dense hoppy body. A good bitterness develops alongside ripe, fruity notes, mellowing into a sweet finish.
  • St Andrews Blonde; a refreshing and very drinkable craft beer, Eden Mill’s St Andrews Blonde Craft Beer is our only single malt and single hopped beer. It has loads of hoppy attitude and a flavour profile spanning apricot to pineapple and grapefruit.

So how does this all tie in to the gin?  From ourselves you can have the gin we blended at the Gin Pantry, hints of aniseed and tangerine and then we’re adding these to our menu too;

  • Eden Mill’s Hop, Golf & Oak
  • Wild’s Sleeping Lemons
  • Zymurgorium’s Black Hop, Marmalade, & Sloe
  • Adnams Sloe
  • Poetic License Picnic Strawberries and Cream (the brewing arm of Sonnet 43)
  • Cotswold Gin
  • Siblings Gin (the brewing arm of Battledown)
  • Eccentric Cardiff Gin (Tom is brewer at Lines and distiller at Eccentric)
  • Turncoat Cascade (Terry formerly of Liverpool Craft, now distilling)
  • Blue Monkey Gin

These will all be served with full fruit, herb and spice garnishes along with 30+ other gins on our regular menu.

Look out for more beers coming on as we go through September and October.  Keep an eye on our new #StillBrewing page for opening times at the bar and what’s pouring.

Full credit goes to David for the Still Brewing slogan capturing the gin distilling and brewing that these next two months are all going to about, with a gentle nod to Offbeat’s survival.

Michelle x

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