Banjaxed Barrel Series

July 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Having largely forgotten the word “banjaxed”, I saw it in a book last night and thought it seemed perfect for one of the Offbeat tangents…barrel ageing and sours. It’s a little bit on the back burner at the mo as we need a space away from the brewery to really get in to this as we can’t risk infection and we haven’t a lot of space to leave barrels sat for months on end. In the meantime, research is underway. The arduous task of tasting loads of other [...]

Oddity #6 with @OthertonAleman

July 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

After a quick delivery in to Chester it’s back to the brew hall to make Oddity #6, a collaboration with Otherton Ales, our cuckoo brewer. Usually with collaborations both brewers are there to actually make the beer. Today I’m in Crewe and Dave is in Birmingham and sorting out Birmingham Beer Bash stuff so we’re collaborating electronically and I’m leaving him all the big cleaning jobs for when he gets back! Oddity #6 Tripelette Saison – doesn’t make a huge [...]

August Firsty Friday, or, Firsty Friday Festival

July 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

As July #FirstyFriday comes around tomorrow I thought it was a good time to tell you about the August event, 7th to 9th at the brewery. We go large for this one month and go all weekend open from 12 to 11pm Friday and Saturday and 12 to 5pm Sunday. There should be about 30 beers and ciders, I’m beavering away in the background putting a list together but some of the breweries should include Steel City, Founders, Magic Rock, Quantum, BlackJack, Waen, Axiom, Siren and we are adding to it [...]

At Offbeat Brewery #Crewe some weeks are busy

June 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

and some are just ridiculous. Having not been able to brew on Friday because the door handle of the brewery rusted up and fell apart (seriously!), we’re chasing our tails today trying to catch up with a huge brew of Outlandish Pale.  At some point I need to run down the road to Staffordshire Brewing and get a load of bottle labels as we’ve so much new stuff that needs labelling up. Tomorrow sees another big brew of Disfunctional Functional IPA while the van heads out to Liverpool [...]

Middlewich Folk And Boat, only 10 days to go!

June 9, 2015 // 1 Comment

After a crazy busy weekend with #FirstyFriday followed by the bar open on Saturday and fig pie rolling in Wybunbury with the Lest We Fig-et on tap, we’re looking forward to a calmer weekend with just the brewery bar open.  But the following week we’re off to Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival – if you’ve not been before it’s definitely worth a look and wander round the pubs and event sites to catch bands, dancers and of course find some beers. You’ll find [...]

Oddity #5 – English Hopsplosion

June 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Tomorrow sees the brewing of Oddity #5, English Hopsplosion.  This may not be that ‘out there’ compared to some of the Oddities so far but something I want to do to kind of prove myself wrong.  You see I’m one of these biased people when it comes to hops; I’ll rave about the American ones, the New Zealand and Australian ones but not the English ones.  We do use some in the brewery but they tend to be more in the background like with the Way Out Wheat except we want [...]

Oddity overload!

May 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

These Oddities are flying out! #1 Honey Cream Ale is all gone in casks, we’ve a few bottles left. #2 Berliner Weisse is all kegged and bottled – labels should hopefully be in tomorrow and the bottles will be ready to go #3 Herby Saison is smelling and tasting rather gorgeous…subtle and not overpowering but definitely getting those amazing Scarborough Fair aromas through.  Kegging and casking at the moment and then it’s next up on Caz’s bottling list. #4 Hawaii [...]

Opening Times

April 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

We don’t have set opening hours for the simple reason there isn’t always somebody on site – you’re best to call (07502 096 438) ahead to confirm.   As a general rule we brew Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays so you can pop by after 10am to pick up bottles to take away. See the #FirstyFriday page for details of our scheduled open nights and from May to end of August we aim to have the bar open on Saturdays from 12 to [...]

Oddity 3 – Herby Saison

April 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

We’ve a cold room with a bit of everything in, so tomorrow seems like a good opportunity for another play with an Oddity.  I can’t take credit for this recipe, I’ve twisted and tweaked it a bit as I loved the sound of it and the original brewers were good enough to share it.  So we’re going for a bit of a saison with a load of fresh herbs in it, probably going to be a light to medium amber colour and a load of citrusy hops which will hopefully work alongside.  Our [...]

More opening hours at Offbeat

April 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

It’s just over a week away until #FirstyFriday on 1st May so while the beer list is forming (more about that in a min) here’s a good opportunity to talk opening times. Now we have a full premises licence we can sell from site every day but that’s never been the plan.  Anyone who has ever visited on a non-open day can tell you about the amount of stuff we have to move to create the space for #FirstyFriday to happen.  We wanted a bit more flexibility to open but not to [...]
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