Cheat Mode, Pale Ale 3.8% - KEG, CASK
Everyone loves a pale ale. Well that is what my Mam used to tell me... I wanted a super light, easy to drink pale with lots of fruity hops jumping around in your mouth. I toyed for months about if I should dry hop this or not, and did so many test brews and in the end it was a big yes. Galaxy and Chinook do that job for us, it does finish with a slight hop haze too. We couldn't just tame this with a keg or cask, so have done it in all mediums we possibly can
The Name - I looked at a lot of other beers to get inspiration for this beer and initially it was a mix of three of my favourite beers, but the further down the line of testing we went the more it became its own beer. Kinda like when I copied Helen Smith's English homework, but had to change it enough so Mr Nobel thought it was my own.
Mr Best, Best Bitter 4.4% - Cask Only
When it gets dark and life gets tougher, times move us towards a beer that is both comforting and luxurious.... Sorry been listening to local radio and the adverts have really rubbed off on me.. Our best bitter is bloody great, 7 different types of malt go into this lad
The Name - Mr Best is a real person, a great man, and he delivers us our wood. He introduced us to a chimney sweep via the best voicemail message we have ever had. In a five minute message he told us to remind the sheep that Mr Best sent us about 10 times. He is the sweetest man in the world and if anyone asked me for anything and said Mr Best sent him, I'd do it... ANYTHING...
Bunko, Steam Beer 4.2% - KEG
When trying to come up with our 4 core range of keg and bottled beer, I knew we needed something crisp and tasty. I tried lots of different styles, and was pretty close to a pilsner before this bad boy turned up. Crispness of a lager and body of an ale, a pint ready to save the day. It is a lager but not a lager..
The Name - As this beer could be seen as either a lager or an ale, it is a cheeky little chap. Wears one hat for one person and another for someone else. In the Victorian days a guy who did this was known as a bunko man (a kind of con-man). Not that this beer will con you in anyway, but it is a way to get a lager boy to drink an ale!! ;)
Fog Cutter Session IPA 4.5%- KEG, CASK
We like to think of a session IPA as a beer with a bit more clout than a usual pale ale, and lots more hops. Double hopping with Chinook and Cascade gives plenty of citrus and piny aromas. We really let the hops do the talking here, but in a nice balanced way, so not too bitter, but not too plain. This is all complimented by sweetness and biscuity notes from the malts.
The Name - Fog Cutter is a term for a hangover cure... now, I haven't got any medical qualifications (yet) so I'm not saying that this beer will do that. But... If you are looking for a beer not too heavy, but with plenty of soul, this is your guy.
Brass Hand, Golden Ale 4.2% - CASK ONLY
A clean and very quaffable Golden Ale -one for the traditionalist, lots of UK hops and a balanced body (what I'd give to have a balanced body). The New Zealand hops add a depth of character to the beer with oaky and fruity bitterness. The UK hops at the end give a lovely fresh honey aroma. This beer finishes as well as it starts, cleansing the taste buds and leaving you wanting more.
The Name - A name is just a name and it shouldn't be taken too seriously. Being from Middlesbrough I've a strong love of the silly humour of my fellow Boro-lad Bob Mortimer. In his podcast (Athletico Mince) he warbles on about his fictional Brass hand, and the many sticky situations it gets him in.
*I very nearly called the Brewery Brass Hand
Heavy Lifting, Double Hopped Stout 4.2%
Based on one of the first beers Steve ever brewed, this easy drinking stout has plenty of character. Complex, chocolate and coffee notes come through from the malts whilst not being too full on. The sweet and tropical flavours come from the mix of US and Slovenian hops (Yes, Slovenia!) smells like mango, tastes like chocolate, what’s not to like.
The Name - This brewery lark isn't all about drinking wort and smelling hops, it is a lot about heavy lifting. You need a beer that is full of iron, and very refreshing to help you through a day like that...Apparently they used to have Stout in the maternity wards...so one for all the Mums out there as well as the Heavy Lifting gang!