Shipping Forecast Ales

We’ve started work on a new series of beers, a tribute to one of the Uk’s best loved institutions, The Shipping Forecast. We’re creating some new beers focusing on the terrific variety of malts and hops available, (and in some cases yeasts too)  and the different characteristics they bring to the beer.

You probably know that malted barley is the source of the sugars which are fermented into beer. The malting process allows the grain partially to germinate, releasing various sugars and then the maltster (Thomas Fawcetts of Castleford, Yorkshire in our case) dries the malt at various stages of germination, to halt the process. The barley is kilned to varying degrees, drying it out completely, and giving different flavours, from caramel to biscuit to roast coffee. We’re going to be exploring the world of malt with this new series of beers, all of which will be 4.1% ABV. With names derived from the Shipping Forecast, we’re sailing around the UK coast, starting with a ruby red ale called VIKING!

#1 Viking

#1 Viking

A ruby red ale, bursting with fruity flavours  from generous late hopping with Jester, Bramling Cross, Admiral and Endeavour. The malts used are Maris Otter, roasted barley, dark crystal, chocolate malt and Vienna Malt, all English malts from Thomas Fawcetts

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#10 German Bight

#10 German Bight

Pale Wheat Beer – a malt bill of wheat, Maris otter and Vienna malts are very lightly hopped to create little bitterness (around 15 IBUs) and allow the yeast to take a starring role. The Munich classic yeast doesn’t disappoint,

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#9 Fisher

#9 Fisher

Dunkelweizen – this is a dark wheat beer. Brewed with a totally different yeast in the style of a German wheat beer. We use masses of wheat and Munich Malt and you’ll be able to taste funky banana, clove and bubblegum flavours, typical

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#8 Dogger

#8 Dogger

A single hopped UK Cascade Pale Ale – full of citrus zesty hoppiness, this deep gold beer is one for the hopheads – British Hops say “Intense but rounded citrus peel, orange, tangerine, floral, pine and lychee aromas.” So there you have

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#7 Tyne

#7 Tyne

Home turf! So it HAD to be a brown ale, not any old brown ale mind you, Bill’s Brown Ale is a rich and flavourful party of malts, Maris Otter (of course) Crystal Rye, Brown Malt, Oat Malt, Dark Crystal

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#6 Forth

#6 Forth

Brewed with an impressive malt base – Maris Otter, Red Crystal, Munich, Malted Oats and a touch of Roasted Barley –   the combination of orange peel and Admiral hops added to the boil give the beer a big orange flavour. Coming

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#4 Forties

#4 Forties

Its an authentic Scottish Heavy – using Maris Otter pale malt, Crystal Malt, Roasted Barley and malted Oats – to give a reddish amber beer – full of smooth malty flavours. The boil was 3 hours long to get the

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#3 South Utsire

#3 South Utsire

A pale rye ale – with Rye malt, Vienna, pale chocolate – heavily late hopped with UK Cascade and Bramling Cross – so the spicy rye flavours go well with the fruity hop flavours.

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#2 North Utsire

#2 North Utsire

A dark rye ale – with Crystal Rye, Roasted Rye, Munich, Black, Chocolate – real maltfest. Hopped with Admiral hops, to give this spicy toasty beer some marmalade flavour.

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#11 Humber

#11 Humber

A traditional style Yorkshire bitter, reddish brown, creamy and hopped with Fuggle Golding and Bramling Cross.

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