Celebrating 6 Years of Brick Brewery: Our Collaborations
Continuing our celebration of 6 years of Brick Brewery in the lead up to our birthday party on Saturday 7th December, this week we are looking back on the collaborations we’ve been part of over the years and led us to exciting endeavours that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise!
Collaborations are so commonplace nowadays with a new collaboration release out every week, epitomising the industry’s desire for sharing ideas, innovation and experimentation. Brick first dipped into collaboration beers in July 2017 with the release of Melange Imperial Stout, a collaboration with Peckham-based Melange chocolatier. They Using their dark chocolate cocoa nibs along with 7 malts and vanilla pods for a creamy and rich mouthfeel, plus a wrapped square of chocolate around the neck of the 660ml bottle.
Since then we have released 18 collaboration beers, plus collaborated with 7 breweries at their sites. With each collaboration, our aim is to push our own creative and brewing boundaries by releasing a style we might not have previously, using a new ingredient or collaborating with a different trade to combine their knowledge to produce an innovative final product that we all want to drink! We’d had on the brewing wish list to explore jerk smoking techniques and flavours within a beer for a while, so when we collaborated with 1251 Restaurant in November 2018 we used owner and Head Chef James Cochran’s we used James’ knowledge of Jamaican flavours to create a Jerk Spiced Stout using his famous secret jerk spice blend and smoked malt that James took to Whitstable, where he grew up, to smoke in a traditional smokehouse. The result was a subtly smokey, mildly spiced but full-bodied stout with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and sweet scotch bonnet, encapsulating each collaborator’s heritage and expertise to create something unique yet big on flavour.
This mantra to collaborate on beers that are more experimental and fun has continued throughout many of our collaborations. When we went over to The Garden Brewery in November 2018 to brew a Rosehip and Wild Sorrel Sour, Pete foraged the ingredients with The Garden team from the woodlands around Slijeme for a truly Croatian-centric beer.
Another great example; our Combined Harvest brewed in collaboration with Hawkes Cider. The Brut Graff, a hybrid between beer and cider, was made using 1.5 tonnes worth of Braeburn apple juice which Hawkes brought along to the brew day and was added to the whirlpool and then co-fermented with their house yeast and London Fog Ale yeast to create a beer that is super dry with hints of sweet spice and gentle cider tartness from the Braeburn apple juice. This release challenged some tasting notes… was it a beery cider? A cidery beer? As shown so eloquently on Untappd by some drinkers; “Like a London farmyard snakebite”. It split opinion but definitely challenged our knowledge and shifted our comfort zone.
2019 saw us approach some collaborations with breweries in a slightly different way by creating opportunities to add a charity and fundraising element to our collaborative projects. When we started putting together ideas for our 3 Peaks Challenge Collaboration Beers at the start of the year, being able to give something back to each community was an important part of the planning process. Born from our love of escaping London for the countryside and fresh air whenever we can, pushing our boundaries and collaborating with like-minded breweries we collaborated with 3 breweries all located within close proximity of the 3 highest peaks in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon). Those 3 breweries were Fallen Brewing, Hawkshead Brewery and Wild Horse Brewing. Breweries of different sizes, locations and brewing styles but like-minded all the same, the 3 beers were inspired by each peak. Released in 440ml cans for the first time, a % of sale was donated to each collaborative brewery’s chosen charity; Start Up Stirling, Fix The Fells, Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation and Peckham Platform. Alongside these 3 Peaks inspired beers, we completed the 3 Peaks Challenge itself on 14th July 2019, with at least 1 member from each brewery taking part as we climbed all 3 peaks in 24 hours. We had so much fun collaborating all together to create 3 very special beers, travelling to new places and generally being inspired by the stunning surroundings these breweries are situated. Read more about that collaborative project here.
Our charity and fundraising-focussed collaborations have continued in 2019, with releasing Preferred Pronouns in collaboration with The Queer Brewing Project for the official London Craft Beer Festival beer, with 10% of sales going to Galop; the UK’s largest LGBTQ anti-violence charity. Our involvement in The Skyline Project, which saw us collaborate with Brooklyn-based KCBC to release Boysen Was The Cure, an Imperial Sour, contributed to £1 from each box being donated to Trees for Cities.
Our collaboration beers brewed at our site also gives opportunity to work with a new local artist for each label design. The most ‘free’ of all our beer labels, our collaboration labels gives each artist a lot of freedom to interpret the beer in their own unique way and showcasing their artistic style. This freedom has seen our collaborations go further than just creating the beer, with the label design being produced by our collaborators also. For our ‘Je Ne Saison Quoi’ Apricot Sour Saison release with Clapton Craft Forest Hill, then-manager Ben Weetman used his graphic design skills to translate the summer holiday inspiration with fun graphics and heady, summery colours onto the label. Lily of The Queer Brewing Project is also a talented artist who transformed a digital painting of hers, in a project exploring gender through art, from when she was a student at Camberwell College of Arts into a vibrant label design.
All of these collaborations over the years have set us new challenges, taken us to different parts of the world and made some great new friends. A big thanks to everyone who has collaborated with us over the years, these beers and projects have been a real highlight of our journey so far. We have big plans for 2020 and can’t wait to play host to some amazing new breweries, visit new places and brew even more beers. Stay tuned! What’s been your favourite collaboration we’ve done?
Our 6th birthday party is on Saturday 7th December at our Taproom in Peckham, more details on what we have planned here. Free entry, everyone welcome!
Celebrating 6 Years of Brick Brewery: Our Taproom
Continuing our celebration of 6 years of Brick Brewery in the lead up to our birthday party on Saturday 7th December, this week we are looking back on the many chapters that have made up our beloved Taproom (and of course original brewing site) in Peckham.
Transforming the small arch way under Peckham Rye station into a commercial brewery in 2013 soon also turned into the perfect site for Ian to test out his latest brews on the public and get immediate feedback. The spare space in the brewery was filled with a small bar, benches and malt sacks for seating and the original Taproom was born!
However, by April 2015 the brewery had expanded to fit in 3 more 30HL tanks (followed by 4 x 16HL in July 2016) and there was no more room for the bar so it went the only place it could… outside! Ian took delivery of a bright red shipping container and built an outside seating area from pallets… and of course who can forget (as much as we try!) the urinals made from old kegs. A surprising amount of you regularly reminisce fondly to us about those keg urinals, by the way… you strange bunch! It was all a bit rough around the edges, but it was cosy and busier than ever.
Fast forward to the beginning of 2017 we were at full brewing capacity with no space left unused in the brewery. By October 2017 we had begun our transition over to our new, much bigger, production site in Deptford.
Taking most of the equipment with us left us with all the space for a new bar space, indoor seating, sheltered outside space, improved accessibility and proper toilets! A month long renovation at the start of 2018 transformed the arch into the Taproom it is now…
We now have 22 lines, allowing us to have a great range of our Foundation Range permanently pouring, all of our latest specials and putting on beers from our favourite breweries. Our dedicated exhibition wall invites different local artists and creatives to display their work for 2-3 months on a rotating residency. We love having the freedom and opportunity to use the Taproom to test our small-batch and experiemential brews (anyone remember Rhubarb and Custard Sour?!), as well as hosting free and open tasting sessions for every new beer on our Friday launch nights.
Of course, we can’t reminisce about the Taproom’s various changes in the past 6 years without mentioning Slow Richie’s. We first met brothers Alex and Richie in summer 2015 when they took on the outside kitchen residency, serving up their infamous beef burgers topped with their homemade hot sauces, and they’ve been with us ever since! Taking over our red shipping container when we renovated meant they could make themselves more at home and in March 2019 transitioned to juicy pulled pork buns and given their hot sauces a fresh rebrand.
The Taproom has seen a lot of changes over the past 6 years but one thing that remains is our amazing customers. This celebration is dedicated to every single one of our customers; the loyal ones who have been around since Day 1 and continued to enjoy our beer as we have grown, the ones who come in for that much-needed pint of Peckham Pils on the commute home, the ones who come in for Slow Richie’s and get a beer simply to wash it down with, and the ones who come in thinking we are Peckham Springs/Bar Story and can’t be bothered to walk across 20 feet quite yet. And everyone else in between… you’re all fantastic! Thanks to all and hope you continue to enjoy the Taproom way into the future as much as we do.
Our 6th birthday party is on Saturday 7th December at our Taproom in Peckham so keep your eyes peeled on our social media for more details on that soon…
A Celebration of Our Artists
It is our 6th birthday this December! In the build up to our Taproom birthday party on Saturday 7th December (more on that soon!) each week we will be celebrating a different significant aspect of Brick’s journey so far over the next 6 weeks. First up, Our Artists.
It all started in August 2017 with our Rhubarb Sour and our first Sour Series label artist Iris Loi. Not only did this beer kick off our Sour Series, now a key feature in our range of beers which sees a new kettle sour beer release every 4 – 6 weeks, Rhubarb Sour was the first special beer we canned so launched the practice of working with local artists to create the vibrant, eye-catching designs our one-off small pack labels always feature. Our many specials, the Sour Series in particular, has been a pivotal enterprise within our 6-year history and working with these artists has been a key part of this so it only made sense to celebrate the their talent and contributions!
Since August 2017 we have released 42 one-off beers within our Sour Series, collaborations and other one-off specials. Alongside these beers, we have had the pleasure of working with 17 graphic designers, illustrators and creatives to design labels for these beers. Being based in South East London we are priviledged to have a wealth of creative talent on our doorstep thanks to Camberwell College of Arts, London College of Communication and Goldsmiths University as well as South East London generally being a hub for counterculture art, creative spaces and energy. Luke Merryweather, who has designed many of our labels including the Indian Trilogy in January 2018, also runs the Art Hub Studios in Deptford which has been in Deptford and Woolwich for over 30 years and is an integral part of the South East London artist community. Also Lily Waite, who we collaborated with The Queer Brewing Project for Preferred Pronouns, is also a talented artist who transformed a digital painting of hers from when she was student at Camberwell College of Arts into a vibrant label design.
Working with different creatives, often freelance and/or graduates of our surrounding Universities, has allowed our labels to be a canvas for showcasing their individual artistic style, with the ingredients, flavours, colours and inspiration of the beer dictating the design and we love seeing how each individual inteprets our briefs.
So, as we near 6 years old, we celebrate and thank the creative talent we have worked with so far:
Mathilda Della Torre
We’re always looking to expand our portfolio of artists so if you’re a creative and would like to work with us please drop an email to email@example.com with examples of your work and we may be in touch.
Our 6th birthday party is on Saturday 7th December at our Taproom in Peckham so keep your eyes peeled on our social media for more details on that soon…
London Sales Executive – On & Off Trade
We are recruiting a Sales Executive to join the team at Brick. As the hospitality sector reopens, we’re looking to onboard a new recruit to help support our customer base and growth.
The role involves representing Brick Brewery to a defined London territory. A large focus will be placed on the On & Off Trade. Your key responsibility is a focus on managing our existing account base while securing new business growth.
- Manage and maximise existing On & Off Trade accounts.
- Prospecting potential new accounts by identifying growth opportunities and leads.
- Strategically working towards various business sales goals.
- Managing pouring agreements and draught beer installations.
- Supporting our accounts through events, sales promotions, beer launches.
- At all times be an ambassador for the brewery.
The ideal candidate will have:
- At least 1 years proven sales & account management experience for an alcohol brand. Preferably in London and/or with a brewery.
- Proven new business success, account growth & lead generation/out the box thinking.
- Ability to plan for and achieve ambitious sales targets.
- Highly organised & self-motivated, with excellent negotiation & communication skills.
- Be persistent & enthusiastic with a positive attitude & personality.
- Passion for the brand and craft beer
- Legal right to work in the UK
What we offer:
- Competitive Salary in line with experience
- Proud Living Wage employer
- 28 days holiday (Including public holidays)
- 1 day a year to volunteer with a local charity
- 1 extra day leave for your Birthday
- Cycle to Work scheme
- Pension with NEST
- Free beer!
Salary will be between £24,000 and £26,000 dependent on experience. Brick is a London Living Wage employer.
How to apply:
Please send your CV and a covering letter, mentioning why you would be the right fit for this role and our brand, to firstname.lastname@example.org
The role is a full-time permanent position and offers the right candidate, the opportunity to progress and develop within the company.
Closing date: 12th May 2021
Textures of Time
Last week we welcomed a new exhibition to our Taproom wall. Curated by Helen Johannesen, a local ceramist, the wall installation pieces showcase how she explores solidifying liquid clay through casting, mark making with coloured slip clay using screen printing or other methods that all contribute to the on going development of her work. The pieces displayed make up an installation called Textures of Time, evoking a sense of place or journey. It’s so fun having another different medium on the wall, Helen’s pieces truly change throughout the day depending on how the light is hitting them through the window and we encourage you to get up close to fully appreciate the intricacies and detail of each piece… just no touching, please!
We sat down with Helen to find out a bit more about her and her work…
Helen, tell us a bit about yourself…
I graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2017 with a Masters in Ceramics & Glass and was then awarded a scholarship to study in Konstfack Art School Stockholm in 2018. This year I have received the Zsuzsi Roboz Schlolarship at Morley College where I will be developing new work for a gallery installation exhibition in September 2020. Previously I ran a ceramic design business Yoyo Ceramics for 15 years. I’ve lived in Peckham for 8 years now, I have a studio at Cockpit Arts, Holborn so it’s a bike ride through the park and over the bridge.
What is your background and where did you grow up?
I was born in Croydon, my father is Norwegian and my mother was born in Bow and brought up in the Isle of Dogs – so two contrasting backgrounds! As a family, we then moved all around the U.K; the West Country, the east and the Midlands before I settled back in London 1991 when I studied at Middlesex University Ceramic BAHons. I’ve worked in the film industry as a model maker and have taught creative subjects in Universities since 1999 part time.
What does a typical day look like for you…
I have no fixed routine really, other than when I teach. I enjoy being a free spirit and changing my plans of a day or having them changed because that’s how life can be. It’s the benefits of working for yourself. I’ll probably either hop on my bike to my studio or to teach, or walk to gain a different perspective on life and slow the pace down a bit – London can feel a bit frenetic for me sometimes it’s its’ charm – and occasional drawback if you’re not in the mood for it!
How do you like to work?
I share my studio space which I enjoy, if I worked on my own I’d probably never switch off! I enjoy the sociability and community nature of my studios. Despite my work being usually clean lined and minimal, I work in a bit of a chaotic state, ceramics is messy and I am too . Weirdly, I like it that way, if everything is in its place I feel distant from it. My mind whirs best in an energetic surrounding.
What/who inspires you and your work?
I’ve always admired Brigit Riley and her ability to displace you with her paintings. The huge ceramic of Jun Kaneko for their graphic and sculptural qualities. I enjoy light and the natural shift throughout the day, especially on the bridges when I cycle over them.
Where or what is your favourite spot in South East London?
Always a view, so up a hill or Franks rooftop bar, I enjoy the the varying views around Peckham and Camberwell, just dipping down streets and seeing all the amazing buildings and architecture. The South London Gallery is also a lovely place to visit regularly, having fun exhibits on.
Helen’s work will be displayed until mid-October.
Job Opportunity – General Manager
Want to run the best brewery taproom in London? Then look no further.
Brick are looking to hire an experienced general manager to add to the ever-growing team. We are looking for someone who is passionate about beer and customer service and wants to be part of a dedicated team in a fast growing market sector. This is a hands on role and requires someone who can lead by example in developing the Taproom in a rapidly changing area.
The General manager will be responsible for promoting and running the taproom and assist in driving the brewery brand forward. The role will require a confident individual capable of discussing Brick beers and the trends in craft brewing in general. The individual will have a strong background in cellar management, personnel management and customer service.
- Manage the Taproom
- Cellar Management to include responsibility of beer lines, beer styles, stock rotation, cleanliness of work area and sourcing complimentary guest beers.
- Create, run and oversee taproom events including tap takeovers, meet the brewers, seasonal events (Oktoberfest, Cinco de Mayo etc.)
- Staff management including employment, training, scheduling, supervising on shift. Delegating tasks to Duty Manager and bar staff colleagues.
- Manage ePOS system and prepare weekly reports for the Directors.
- Managing GP % and Staff costs, achieving targets set.
- Cash handling including banking, weekly P&L
- Stock ordering, handling and rotation. Entering products into our till database.
- Opening and closing the bar, overseeing that the bar is functional, presentable and clean.
- Monitoring health and safety for both customers and staff, keeping records of risk assessments, refusals, accidents and incidents.
- Working closely with local communities.
What you need to have:
- 2 years experience in a management role
- Personal License
- Passion and enthusiasm and knowledge of all things beer
- Impeccable customer service
- Strong cellar management skills, confident dealing with different types of kegs, changing regulators, increasing and reducing gas pressures, line cleaning.
- Strong communication skills, line of contact between bar team and the brewery and vice versa.
- Experience and confidence in multi-tasking and be someone who can manage multiple projects and events work from conception to completion
- Confidence with the Brick Brewery brand and promotion.
- Staff management experience
- Ability to work well independently but also as part of a broader team
- Working knowledge of Excel and Google programs (Sheets, Docs, Calendar), Outlook.
- Permission to work in the UK
- Knowledge of local licensing policies
- Valid Driver’s license
- Knowledge of EposNow
- Network of contacts with other breweries and suppliers
Salary and Benefits:
- £28-30k per annum depending on experience (48 hour working week)
- Company pension scheme
- Extra day holiday for charity/community work
- Free beer!
- Merch allowance
This job description is not exhaustive and you may be required to carry out other duties as requested
If this sounds like you, please send your CV alongside a brief cover letter saying why you are right for this role to:
Closing date is Monday 12thAugust 2019
Brick is a London Living Wage Employer.
Preferred Pronouns, 4.2%
Preferred Pronouns, a Sour New England Pale Ale, is our latest collaboration brewed with The Queer Brewing Project. It’s also the official beer of London Craft Beer Festival, which kicks off this Friday 9th August.
A Sour New England Pale Ale, this is a beer for fans of hazy, juicy pales and fans of tart, fruity sours. Using a brewing technique called back-souring, by separately brewing a New England Pale Ale and base kettle sour, and then blending them together we have had complete control over the level of acidity and overall balance of the beer. It’s heavy with tropical fruitiness and extremely refreshing from the slight tartness to lift the juiciness and add a bit of bite. At 4.2% it’s the ultimate tangy, fruity refreshment needed for the summer beer festival!
Preferred Pronouns also showcases a hop called Strata. Straight from Oregon, US; it brings layered notes of tropical fruit including; mango, passion fruit, fresh berry, and some citrus in the form of grapefruit. Along with this comes a dank herbal note. A fairly new hop into the market, we’re very excited to be the first brewery in the UK to commercially use the hop in a beer. The Strata hops are complemented and supported by Vic Secret and Citra which add to the dank and citrus notes.
We will be launching and pouring Preferred Pronouns for the first time this Wednesday 7th August at Mother Kelly’s Bethnal Green. We will be joining Lily in an evening of enjoying the beer, giving away some cans and merchandise, as well as a free tasting of the beer at 6pm with Lily and our Head Brewer, Pete. We will also be welcoming a representative from Galop, who will talk a bit more about the charity and the incredible work they do across the UK. Check out the Facebook event for the beer launch here.
From the name and artwork, to the final outcome of the beer every element of Preferred Pronouns has been a true collaboration of people, ideas and talents. Below is a contribution from Lily, founder of The Queer Brewing Project, which explains this further.
A word from Lily…
I was incredibly honoured to be asked by Greg, co-founder, of the London Craft Beer Festival, to brew the official beer of this year’s festival. Having already been in conversation with the lovely Brick Brewery, it made complete sense to bring them into this three-way collaboration.
Preferred Pronouns is already a beer that means a lot to me. From the reason it was brewed, to the vital work that it supports—Galop are the UK’s largest LGBTQ anti-violence charity, to the beer itself, it’s a beer heaped with meaning.
We asked our followers on social media to help us name the beer, and though we loved the frankly vast number of puns in the suggestions, one in particular stood out: Preferred Pronouns. Pronouns, whilst oft overlooked by many people outside of the LGBTQ community, are incredibly important, especially to those whose gender isn’t the same as assigned at birth, trans and non-binary people. Whether they use he, she, they, or other pronouns, asking someone their preferred pronouns is an important sign of respect and consideration, especially when using the wrong one can cause so much harm. The Queer Brewing Project is as much a conversation-starter as it is a fund-raiser, so using a beer that will have a wide reach, as well as a platform at the country’s leading craft beer festival, to raise the topic of pronouns, is a wonderful thing.
Given that pronouns exist in both binary and non-binary formats (see those listed above), the artwork for this beer is a jumbled mix of the two. The label artwork comes from a digital painting I did whilst at art school (in nearby Camberwell), and comes from a period in my creative practice when I was exploring what gender meant to me through visual art. Originally in pink and blue, I tweaked the colours of the piece to fit with the tropical flavours of Preferred Pronouns, resulting in the summery blast of colour you see on the can. The label represents the beer, too: two distinct entities meeting and blurring together in an explosive, expressive manner; tropical, juicy NE Pale, and zingy kettle sour, merging to become something new.
Preferred Pronouns will be pouring across every session on our bar at London Craft Beer Festival… come say hi!
The 330ml cans will be available from our webshop later this week.
The newest addition to our Framing Range of beers, Peckham Session is back in stock this week after the first release flew out back in May. A 4.2% Session IPA, we wanted to create a light and easy-going IPA and just the beer we want to sessionably drink after a long, hot day in the brewery or cracking open on Peckham Rye. Talking a bit more about the beer is our Lead Brewer, Tom, as we continue to refine and improve on each release of Peckham Session…
“With Peckham Session we wanted to brew something heady yet balanced, showcasing new season Simcoe. With our hop allocation for this year we have split all of our varietals between Cryo and T-90 pellets. In this beer we use both to bring out maximum fruit as well as the classic necessary savoury dankness. Backed-up by Citra in the whirl; we’re aiming for a classic, resinous US hop character.
Besides the hop-focus, our yeast for Peckham Session is unique. We decided to bring in a second house ale strain that ferments thoroughly at a leisurely rate whilst kicking out massive pineapple esters. We like to give this beer an extended maturation to ensure all of those intense aromatics are stabile in the right places. This should leave you with a huge whack of fruit bowl deliciousness and a clean finish.” – Tom
We’re really happy with the second brew of Peckham Session (packaged last week and out now) and after a few more tweaks on the water profile batch three is bubbling away.”
Get Peckham Session from our online shop here.
DUTY MANAGER, BRICK BREWERY TAPROOM
Full time (35h)
We are on the hunt for a new Duty Manager here at Brick Brewery Taproom!
Brick’s taproom has 20 beer lines offering not only Brick beers but carefully selected beers from other outstanding breweries across the globe. Always busy developing new ideas, we want the tap room to further become a destination for outstanding beer. To help realise this we are looking to add talented, knowledgeable and passionate people to our team.
The Duty Manager role is a key player in the day to day running of this outstanding beer venue. The person applying for this role needs to be passionate about beer and be motivated to share that passion with all types of customers. We want this individual to challenge the perception of the everyday beer drinker whilst showing passion for the product. The perfect candidate will have an aspiration to grow and learn in a constantly changing and demanding environment.
We believe in providing opportunities to all Brick employees. Although your main duties will be running shifts and customer service, the role itself is very versatile. Your role can include helping to plan and run events, beer selection and representing the brand at festivals.
The must haves:
-The ability to work both independently and with a team
-Wide-ranging knowledge and passion for beer
-Experience and confidence running shifts and supervising bar staff
-Experience and confidence cash handling and being a key holder, opening and closing
-Cellar management, including changing kegs and casks, line cleaning, stock taking and ordering
If this sounds like you, please send your CV and a covering letter to email@example.com telling us why you would be perfect for the role.
Closing Date: 12th July 2019
We are a London Living wage employer
After months of planning, training and travelling up and down the country to breweries tucked away in hills of Wales, Lake District and Scotland, we are so excited to announce the launch of our 3 Peaks Challenge Collaboration project.
Born from our love of escaping South East London for the countryside and fresh air whenever we can, pushing boundaries and collaborating with like-minded breweries… we have collaborated with 3 breweries all located within close proximity to the 3 highest peaks in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon). Those 3 breweries are Fallen Brewing , Hawkshead Brewery and Wild Horse Brewing Co. Ian said about the conception of the collaboration: “We love the areas in which the challenge takes place, and have long admired the work of some of the local breweries there. It was a no-brainer to team up with like-minded beer folk and concoct this series, inspired by the three peaks.”
Staying true to form with all our special releases, we have worked with local artists from around each Peak to create 3 stunning label designs that relate back to each Peak and the beer inside. Released in 440ml cans, a percentage of each sale will be donated to the breweries’ chosen charities. Allow us to introduce each beer…
Starting on Heaven, Session Helles 3.8%
Brewed in collaboration with Fallen Brewing. Inspired by that first blissful sip of a pint straight after a long hike, safe in the shelter of a warm and cosy pub, we’ve created a light and crisp Session Helles with Fallen Brewing. Super light, sessionable and approachable German-style Helles lager using Weyermann malt, its refreshing body has an added depth of citrus flavour from dry-hopping with Mandarina Bavaria and Idaho 7. Named ‘Starting on Heaven’ as our challenge begins at Ben Nevis, Gaelic translation: Mountain of Heaven. Artwork by Zain Kapasi and LemonTop Creative.
A percentage of proceeds from the sale of these cans will go to Start Up Stirling, a charity project focussed on relieving poverty, suffering and distress of people on crisis across Stirlingshire.
Scroggin’, Imperial Stout 10.0%
Brewed in collaboration with Hawkshead Brewery. Inspired by ‘scroggin’; a mixture of dried fruit, nuts, and other food eaten as a snack by hikers and typically known as scroggin in New Zealand, we used these elements and ingredients of the snack to create a deep and rich Imperial Stout. Flavours of chocolate, nuts, raisin will be apparent from fruity crystal malt, cacao nibs, pecans and peanuts with the addition of lactose to create a decadent and creamy mouthfeel to complement the high ABV and rich ingredients. Artwork by Bethan Thorsby.
A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of these cans will go to Fix the Fells, a Lake District maintenance and preservation charity looking after the area’s mountain paths and landscape.
Summit Fever, East Coast IPA 6.7%
Brewed in collaboration with Wild Horse Brewing Co. The perfect beer to kick back and celebrate after conquering Wales’ highest peak, we headed to Llandudno to brew an East Coast IPA. The punchiness of Mosaic and El Dorado hops were combined with the heavily citrus and wine-like characteristics of Motueka and Nelson Sauvin, perfectly balanced by the soft fruit esters of London Ale III yeast. Artwork by Lee Owen and More Than Equal Studio.
A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of these cans will go to Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation, operating to assist those in difficulty in the area surrounding Ogwen Valley, Snowdonia, Wales and are completely volunteer-led.
The 3 Peaks Challenge
Not stopping there, we’ve taken the collaboration one step further and will be undertaking the 3 Peaks Challenge itself next Saturday 13th July! Starting at Ben Nevis and ending at Snowdon, we’ll be attempting to climb all 3 peaks in 24 hours. We’ve been training hard, and are very much looking forward to celebrating each summit with cracking open each beer to enjoy (especially the Scroggin’ Imperial Stout at the top of Scafell Pike on Saturday evening!). We’ve had so much fun collaborating to create 3 very special beers, travelling to new places and generally being inspired by the stunning surroundings these breweries are situated.
We will, of course, be heavily documenting our challenge across our social media from Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon so please tune in and keep us going!
We will be officially launching these beers at our Taproom on Saturday 13th July… whilst we are halfway through our challenge, gasping for a beer and rest in a cosy pub, you can enjoy all 3 beers pouring at the Taproom from 12pm. We will also be holding 2 FREE tasting sessions throughout the day at 3pm and 5pm where you can try all 3 beers in a tasting session and Q&A led by one of our brewers. Find out more about each beer’s journey and get a generous tasting measure of each.
No rest for the wicked, straight after we finish at Snowdon on Sunday morning a bunch of the challenge team will be heading to Jack in the Box at Mackie Mayor, Manchester for a well-deserved few beers and Tap Takeover. Brick, Wild Horse, Hawkshead and Fallen will be taking over their keg and cask lines and will include a keg of each of the collaboration beers. We will be there from 2pm so please come along, chat to the brewers and share a drink with us as we celebrate our achievement!
More details to come soon on where you can get hold of the cans where you are!