#FirstyFriday Festival

July 18, 2016 // 0 Comments

For those of you who are regulars at #FirstyFriday and for those of you who are just finding us through the lure of beer, cider, gin, wine and cheese, here’s the lowdown on our annual Beer festival. Taking place at the brewery (Thomas Street, Crewe, CW1 2BD) on Thursday 4th August 5 – 10pm, Friday 5th August 12 to 10pm and Saturday 6th August 12 to 10pm and it’s free entry. We do run a token system on the Friday evening from 5pm and all day Saturday – besides me everyone [...]


July 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

I’ve been asked a couple of times about #NewBrewThursday on the blackboards in the bar so now is the chance to find out more! It’s well established (of American origin I believe) and gives you the opportunity to try new beers and brewers to showcase new stuff.  So I have something new for you, started by accident rather than design and is going out as Oddity 10 Citra Wheat. Citra hops are gorgeous, packed full of all the citrusy flavours and all on a light malt base, the wheat [...]


July 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

I get to blog about all the fun stuff, like toilets today!  I know ours aren’t the most glam and working hard on painting, cleaning and tidying them up to make them a bit more respectable.  Also hard at work on a mosaic bottle cap floor in between the bar being open which will hopefully look amazing when finished (probably a few months away at this [...]

A pizza the action

July 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

It’s a terrible pun, sorry!  With all the changes here at Offbeat I’m sorry to say the pizza oven has been rehomed. As a staff of one and a few lovely helpers here and there it’s become impossible to do both beer and food so it’s moved on to a  new home.  We’ve enjoyed working with Bistro Box and hope to have them along some more #FirstyFridays while we do our cheese, meat and fondue thing on other Thursdays and Fridays.  We would ask that you [...]

New opening hours

July 2, 2016 // 0 Comments

As some of you may have heard that we got planning permission through to open the bar a bit more often, so from this point forward we will be open every week,Thursdays and Fridays from 5pm to 10pm. The first Friday of the month (#FirstyFriday) will continue to be a bigger event, more about that below, but now you can come every week and chill out, have some beers (cask, keg, bottles and cans, Offbeat and guests) along with artisanal gins, ciders from near and far and a great wine list put [...]

Sour beers

June 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

I’ve spent the weekend in Amsterdam at Carnivale Brettanomyces learning about and drinking sour beers. Yeah, for the uninitiated that’s a thing! It’s a great city and been a great experience, had a tour round Jopen, a great afternoon at Brouwerij ‘t IJ (I love this place, something very chilled out about being sat drinking great beer under a windmill!) and then in and out of classes at Brouwerij de Prael, an amazing goat and beer dinner in a church and then loads of [...]

Big news

June 17, 2016 // 0 Comments

Our planning permission got approved which means we can open the bar more! More details to follow as still a lot to sort out but hoping to do Thurday and Friday evenings with some beers, wines, ciders and artisan gins alongside some great snacks.  Hopefully from July #FirstyFriday onwards… A few people have asked about Saturdays – at the moment my weekends tend to be filled with doing markets or bookings with the outside bar and it’s not possible for me to be in two [...]

This weekend

June 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

its Middlewich Folk and Boat, http://www.midfest.org.uk, and once again I’m doing a bar for Greg and Sue and the Middlewich Narrowboats boatyard (not to be confused with the pub of the same name). I think this is the fourth year we’ve done this – the first couple of years it was run through their tea and coffee hut but now it’s moved on to an actual boat on the canal. The downside of this is all the beer gets rocked about a bit so will get a bit hazy but it’s such [...]

First brew

June 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

After another late night at the brewery (it’s nearly midnight on Wednesday,  I should hopefully be mashed in for the first brew on the new kit by the time you read this with the wonders of scheduling). There have been a few delays in getting here – the drain is unfortunately still a bit leaky, the floor hasn’t sealed properly on one side (the two are related) and there have been delays with parts turning up and simply finding the time to do it all. Dave’s [...]

Brewery installation update

June 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

In case you were wondering how brewery installation is going here’s a quick update; all tanks present and correct, all electrical wiring stuff done, component parts on order to connect it all together. Being slowed down a bit by a drain that’s leaking across the floor and a bit of floor that hasn’t set but hopefully fairly quickly [...]
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