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.
This is our stock ale, a beast of a beer, strong, dark and full of flavour, heavily hopped with UK Cascade, Bramling Cross and Admiral, matured for several months to allow the flavours to develop and mellow. We will sellRead 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 »