Dark beer season approaches

August 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

I know many people like their dark beers but we can’t escape the fact that through the summer it’s all about the pales and we struggle to shift the darker numbers.  Now the weather is warm but less then average I’m thinking over bringing some darker numbers in for September. First up will be the Off Kilter Porter with it’s peppery edge and then thinking on a smoky syrupy sort of stout.  I have an idea in my head but it’s not taken full shape and in to the actual [...]

Slowly slipping back into the routine…

August 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

Well kind of. I’m shattered, still recovering from the weekend and all that went in to the setup plus a crazy week of sales too.  But gradually we are getting back to normal! Firstly, huge thanks to everyone that came and supported  Firsty Friday Festival…the sun was shining, the beers flowed pretty equally so we still had a good choice through the weekend and we had a great time. A lot of help came from people to make it happen, they know who they are and I’m [...]

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 [...]
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