The wait is over! Here is this May’s beer list for you to check out, time to get planning for next week! Cheers! 🍻 Click here to see the list! https://portsmouthbeerfestival.wordpress.com/beers/
Another debut for us at the beer fest this Christmas, AllGates Brewery from Wigan!
Since 2006 AllGates has been brewing fine craft beers in the heart of Wigan, in a fully restored 19th Century Grade II-listed, tower brewery, in the process re-establishing brewing in the town centre after a near forty year absence, following the closure of Moorfield’s Brewery in the 1970’s.
Combining heritage with imagination we put true Northern soul into our award-winning beers to bring you an exciting range of beers, whenever inspiration bites. However one thing our ales have in common is they are part of an outstanding range of modern beers, but built on cask ale tradition. To this tradition we have added aromatic hops from the New World. This enables us to produce hop-forward beers but retaining balance and subtlety; beers with true Northern soul.
One of the most exciting breweries on the South coast is back with us this Christmas, the expert ‘blenders’ and beer connoisseurs, Burning Sky.
“Burning Sky Brewery was conceived and set up by Mark as a long term project and my last brewery build (hopefully). Tom was onboard from an early stage, helping with trial brews. Paula joined when we had some beer to sell & does the sensible stuff.
Here, nestled at the base of the South Downs in an old Sussex Barn that has been refurbished to a high standard, we can let our imaginations run wild. The landscape and provenance of our location was a major factor in the brewery’s set up.
The crux of the brewery is to brew the beers that excite us, without compromise in terms of ingredient costs and time – that all too often overlooked ingredient in beer. Whether it’s a fresh hoppy pale, or a oak aged beer – they are all considered and cared for beers that we want to drink.
We have started work on an extensive ageing program – not tempted by short cuts, we are far more interested in tradition and the slow-working yeasts that bring complexities and depths of flavour to the beers. It is not envisaged that the full extent of Burning Sky will be apparent for another 2 or 3 years, when these slow beers are ready and we can fully embark on our blending schedule.
Currently we have the ability to be ageing up to 14,500 litres of beer in a mixture of 225 litre oak barriques & 2500 litre oak foudres. The character of each barrel and beer will develop over time leading us on an exciting journey, where the beer guides us and we work with it, learning from it.”
We’re looking forward to welcoming Bakers Dozen to our beer line up this Christmas, a first appearance for us at the festival.
A lifetime in the pub industry lead to a passion for cleaning and beer. Surely the natural progression is to start a brewery?
Bakers Dozen brew a high-quality range of beers with an emphasis on striking brews that break the traditional mould. At the moment there is an explosion of new beer styles by innovative brewers and they are part of this revolution, with a particular interest in hoppy-style beers.
Representing on the local(ish) breweries, we welcome Red Cat Brewing to this Christmas edition of the beer festival.
Red Cat Brewing is a small, independent brewery in Winchester established in the spring of 2014 by Iain McIntosh and Andy Mansell who have the singular aim of creating imaginative, stunning craft beer. The Red Cat guys strive to create the perfect pint and have a big following for their modern styled core beers; Prowler Pale (3.6 % ABV Best-selling Pale Ale), Scratch (4% ABV Golden Session Bitter), Tomcat (4.7% ABV American Pale Ale) and Mr M’s Porter (4.5% ABV Award-winning Porter), but are also known for their Untamed Range of specials which is where creativity and experimentation rules. In their own words “we don’t do boring”.
We’re thrilled to announce that Fallen Acorn Brewing Co. will be sponsoring Portsmouth Beer Festival – Christmas Sessions 2016!
Emerging from the much loved Oakleaf Brewery which went in to administration earlier this year, Fallen Acorn Brewing Co. is a super squad formed from the existing Oakleaf Brewery Team and investors Just Develop It.
Oakleaf fans will be pleased to hear Hole Hearted and the IPA is available again alongside some new brews. Fallen Acorn is really excited to introduce a new Coffee Porter to its core range, which features a special blend of coffee made in collaboration with Gosport’s very own Solent Coffee Roasters and we can’t wait to try it!
Fallen Acorn’s Managing Director, Matt Curd says “We want to make beer that appeals to CAMRA drinkers, as well as Craft Beer drinkers, some with finings, some without, traditional styles like copper ales alongside quirky beers with insane flavours. We recognise the importance of tradition but also the demand for new and unique brewing techniques. We drink both, and we want to brew for both groups.”
We like the sound of that!
You’ll be able to try some of Fallen Acorns new and old brews at this December’s Portsmouth Beer Festival!
Heavy Industry Brewing is a project which began in 2009 with a course at Brewlab in Sunderland studying British Brewing Technology with the secret intention of getting out and then kegging the hell out of everything. Whilst there, they became enamoured with cask ale and were lucky enough to work as a general dogsbodies at the Purple Moose Brewery in Porthmadog for the summer of 2009, where they learned the ins and outs of process and running a brewery.
They began brewing on their ten barrel brew kit in the summer of 2012, and since then we have built up a solid and diverse core range of beers and won numerous awards at regional and national level. They aren’t resting on their laurels and will be bringing out more specials and investing in expanding their keg beer range in the near future.