The Fortified Series harks back to an old way of producing beer, which was popular in the 18th Century. A very strong beer (a stock ale, typically 6-8%) was brewed first and allowed to mature for several months and then used to blend with weaker, newly brewed beer. This creates a mid strength beer which benefits from the old ale flavours which can only be achieved in a high gravity, warm fermentation, AND the fresh hoppy aromas delivered by the newly brewed, weaker beer.
We have brewed a ‘stock ale’ ABV 7.3% which we have named Fortification, and over the coming months we will be blending this with different beers to produce a fortified version, for example Fortified Shuggy Boat Blonde, a new beast, bursting with flavour! If you’re lucky you’ll be able to taste the fortified beer alongside the regular beer AND Fortification itself – mummy, daddy, and baby beer, as it were! Look out for this line up at a special Fortified Beer and food evening on 21st April at Bierrex, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle.
STOP PRESS! Fortification has just picked up a GOLD award at the North East Regional SIBA awards, in the strong cask beers category, so it goes through to the National Finals in Liverpool in March 2018. This is our stockRead more »
The first blended ale in this series. Tell us what you think! The beer is golden amber in colour and has the rich depth of the old ale flavours with a fresh cirtus zing from the newer Shuggy Boat –Read more »
At 6.1% this chestnut coloured beer is simply bursting with rich malty biscuit flavours but finishes with a big hop hit from Rocket’s trademark hops, Challenger and Bramling Cross. Not much of it about, so if you see it on theRead more »
The second of our blended beers, Jack brings lots of malt and rich fruit flavours to the party, so if you’re a fan of dark beers, this one’s for you. Huge on flavour, such that you might think you’re onRead more »
This blend produced a really delicious 5% dark amber coloured ale, plummy notes with the balancing dry citrus from Nelly, stronger than it tastes, so go steady!Read more »