Summer of Beer & Love

March 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

1967, the Summer of Love and 50 years later it’s our #SummerOfBeer with more beers, more opening hours and more live music in the chilled out, relaxed environment of the Offbeat Brewery bar. “Avant garde” is one of the terms often used to describe 1967 which is so up our Offbeat street.  We can only hope the weather in Crewe matches up to that of San Francisco which was the hub of love fifty years ago. On top of our usual #FirstyFriday and Thursday and Friday opening [...]

On the taps tonight with Turbo Hop Twister

March 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

Ever since I first heard about the Dogfish Head Randall the Enamel Animal I’ve wanted one – you can read all about it here, it’s now in it’s third version.  At the time I was brewing at Windie Goat Brewery at the Failford Inn up in the west of Scotland and we tried to make our own, it wasn’t a huge success, with the pull from a hand pump it just foamed up and made one hell of a mess! For those of you who’ve been attending #FirstyFriday for a while [...]

Lupy Lager Brewday

March 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

A friend in Scotland shared the attached snow photo while we’re basking in glorious sunshine in #Crewe.  I was flipping a coin as to whether to brew up some Out Of The Ordinary Stout or Lupy Lager today and I’ve gone with our hopped up lager because it’s all about the cool fermentation and maturation.  If the cold weather is coming our way then might as well work with what we’ve got!  Expect to see it out and about in cask and keg. (The Out Of The Ordinary Stout [...]

Friday 17th March

March 17, 2017 // 2 Comments

First up, a quick apology to the customers who were in last night! I was in full on zombie mode, diabetes and insomnia coupled with some crazy stress made me a bit of a disaster zone where everything I looked at broke! So apologies and hope I didn’t scare anyone off! Back to it, I’ve been asked a couple of times if we are doing anything for St Patrick’s today.  We’ve got the bar open as usual 5pm to 10pm with half a dozen beers on, cider, wine and the ever growing [...]

So much of what I love

March 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

So much of what I love about brewing is the people. I’ve been brewing about 10 years now and although the beer world changes, the people stay the same.  Newcomers are welcomed, beer is drunk, success celebrated, advice freely given, disasters commiserated with help and solutions offered.  I’ve been in situations where I’ve run out of an item and half a dozen people offer to loan, I’ve had the brewery kit breakdown and people offer to let me brew on their site, [...]

#IWCBD part 2

March 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

On Wednesday Michelle from @LiverpoolCask and I mashed in for the #IWCBD International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day with #ThereSheGose.  Today there’s just this one Michelle back in to do the second part of the brew now our wort has dropped its acidity level and is souring nicely.  Long, slow day waiting for the kettle to boil before adding lime zest and salt for a Margarita finish. There She Gose seemed the best name for a this salty sour Gose style brewed on International [...]

Diary dates keep coming in

March 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

I’m not from #Crewe (and to be honest I’ve moved round a lot so it’s a long story tracing back where I’m from!) but happy to be here and it’s great to get invited to be involved in community events. We’re obviously a big part of the Berries, Beans & Beer event on 28th – 30th April at the Crewe Heritage Centre and hope you’ll come along and support this new drinks festival with a twist; tickets available online here from £5 to £7, direct [...]

The things you learn at/from #FirstyFriday

March 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

1. You’ll be amazed what a good night you find yourself having in a small industrial unit in Crewe. 2. With no insulation it’s either hot or cold. Turn the heaters off and everyone freezes, leave them on and the people sat near by are getting cooked to the point of well done. 3. The beer choice is varied and errrm sometimes interesting.  Seems pineapple cubes and tropical wheat together somehow break down to provide a slightly vomit like aroma and yet a whole keg was drunk and [...]

#FirstyFriday 3rd March & Preview Thursday

February 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

It’s the first Friday of the month this week so it’s our big open night, #FirstyFriday. The beer list is already up in a brief moment of super organisation here: BEER MENU. There will be cheese boards, crisps and the Weston Biltong beer sticks available if you’re after a snack. Phil Maddocks and Nick Bayes are bringing the tunes.  The band tell us, “We’ll be playing a mixture of familiar cover versions and some of our own original greatest hits in our unique [...]

Life just got real serious!

February 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

Our board games just got a load more family friendly than Cards Against Humanity! Looking forward to hosting a round of the #boardgamechampionships – in the brewery bar Thursday 16th March.   If you’ve a steady hand for a game of Jenga, encyclopedic general knowledge for Trivial Pursuit, a fantastic vocabulary for Boggle or a quick thinking brain for Taboo then this is the night for you!  More information here and let us know if you want to put team in to take [...]