Bottle Fridge

I was asked the other day about whether I would stock some mainstream lager in the brewery bar. It was an immediate “Nope” and then I was asked about keeping some under the counter. I think i thought on it for maybe 2 seconds and then replied in the negative too.   My first reaction…

#FirstyFriday Festival

For those of you who are regulars at #FirstyFriday and for those of you who are just finding us through the lure of beer, cider, gin, wine and cheese, here’s the lowdown on our annual Beer festival. Taking place at the brewery (Thomas Street, Crewe, CW1 2BD) on Thursday 4th August 5 – 10pm, Friday…

#NewBrewThursday

I’ve been asked a couple of times about #NewBrewThursday on the blackboards in the bar so now is the chance to find out more! It’s well established (of American origin I believe) and gives you the opportunity to try new beers and brewers to showcase new stuff.  So I have something new for you, started…

A pizza the action

It’s a terrible pun, sorry!  With all the changes here at Offbeat I’m sorry to say the pizza oven has been rehomed. As a staff of one and a few lovely helpers here and there it’s become impossible to do both beer and food so it’s moved on to a  new home.  We’ve enjoyed working…

New opening hours

As some of you may have heard that we got planning permission through to open the bar a bit more often, so from this point forward we will be open every week,Thursdays and Fridays from 5pm to 10pm. The first Friday of the month (#FirstyFriday) will continue to be a bigger event, more about that…

Sour beers

I’ve spent the weekend in Amsterdam at Carnivale Brettanomyces learning about and drinking sour beers. Yeah, for the uninitiated that’s a thing! It’s a great city and been a great experience, had a tour round Jopen, a great afternoon at Brouwerij ‘t IJ (I love this place, something very chilled out about being sat drinking…

Big news

Our planning permission got approved which means we can open the bar more! More details to follow as still a lot to sort out but hoping to do Thurday and Friday evenings with some beers, wines, ciders and artisan gins alongside some great snacks.  Hopefully from July #FirstyFriday onwards… A few people have asked about…

This weekend

its Middlewich Folk and Boat, http://www.midfest.org.uk, and once again I’m doing a bar for Greg and Sue and the Middlewich Narrowboats boatyard (not to be confused with the pub of the same name). I think this is the fourth year we’ve done this – the first couple of years it was run through their tea…

First brew

After another late night at the brewery (it’s nearly midnight on Wednesday,  I should hopefully be mashed in for the first brew on the new kit by the time you read this with the wonders of scheduling). There have been a few delays in getting here – the drain is unfortunately still a bit leaky,…

Brewery installation update

In case you were wondering how brewery installation is going here’s a quick update; all tanks present and correct, all electrical wiring stuff done, component parts on order to connect it all together. Being slowed down a bit by a drain that’s leaking across the floor and a bit of floor that hasn’t set but…

Crewe Steampunk ConvivialĀ 

This weekend has seen the first Crewe Steampunk Convivial take place in Crewe and we’ve had such a great weekend! Saturday afternoon we had the bar open at the brewery for the steampunkers and the football fans heading to the Everall derby charity match at the Cumberland sports ground down the road. A busy afternoon…

Today

is probably the second last brew on the current Offbeat Brewery kit; this time next week I’ll hopefully have a fair chunk of it loaded on the van or packed on pallets and off to big Newcastle it will go.  It’s a nerve wracking time, so much to do, so many long hours and a…