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 [...]

Oddity 2 – Berliner Weisse

April 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Today, among all the #FirstyFriday setup, I’m mashing in Oddity 2.  I have to admit this brew scares me, it’s starting to delve in to the world of sours which I’ve drunk but never brewed before and it’s not brewing the way I’m used to with leaving wort sat in the copper for a few days to let the acidity increase. A Berliner Weisse is pale and I’m expecting this to be hazy because there is quite a lot of wheat malt involved.  Hops are not the main [...]

Oddity 1 – Honey Cream Ale

March 26, 2015 // 1 Comment

So today sees the brewing of Oddity 1, a Honey Cream Ale.  We thought we would break you in gently as Oddity 2 is going off on a sour path! Cream Ales are an American style, not seen over here so much but great in warm weather and I’m optimistic that’s got to get here soon so we’re going to be ready for it!  Cream ales are related to lagers, pale in style, clean and crisp with a dry mouthfeel.  It’s going to ferment on an ale yeast and be cold conditioned [...]

Off At A Tangent…new beer range, “The Oddities”?!

March 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’ve been toying with the idea of expanding our beer range and going with some new specials but as one off brews.  Some in cask, some keg, some bottle and maybe a mixture of all.  Our core range of beers will stick around, I’d rather sell my soul than stop brewing Disfunctional Functional IPA, but we’re keen to learn and explore…delve in to the world of sours, more barrel ageing, more weird and wonderful ingredients.  If anything our name has been made off the back of [...]

Beer special for April?

March 8, 2015 // 2 Comments

I can’t decide….I don’t know whether to make something new (always like putting recipes together!), and if so what, or go with an old favourite.  We’ve done a lot of hoppy specials recently with Hinkey Herkulean Hopper and Scrum-ptious but half tempted to bring back Quirky Kiwi NZ Pale. Any thoughts?! [...]

Our homage to fromage – 21st March

March 5, 2015 // 3 Comments

If you’ve not got your tickets for our beer and cheese night on Saturday 21st March, you can get them direct from the brewery at #FirstyFriday this week.  Don’t miss out!  We’ve put together a great line up of 6 beers and 6 cheeses including a Belgian Quad, an incredible speciality beer, an imperial stout along with goats cheese, aged cheddar and something deliciously blue.  All this alongside crackers, bread and oatcakes. We will be talking a bit about the beers and a bit [...]

Taking a holiday

February 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

when you’re self employed and running a small business is a difficult thing to do.  For a few days away it’s a lot of long days to make the time up and ensure things run smoothly…bring on the relaxation! We’ve got the Hinkey Herkulean Hopper all lined up for our March special.  This is apparently what’s known as a ‘SMASH’ beer in the home brew world…was a new term by me but means Single Malt and Single Hop.  This is pale malt and a load of [...]

Manic Monday

February 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Thought it would be a relative straight forward one with not brewing today but the phone and email are red hot for sales and we’re not brewing because we’ve no empty fermenters and 4 that need emptying. #FirstyFriday seemed to go really well but apologies to whoever got stuck in the brewery toilet!  Think the cold and damp had the door swollen up and wedged stuck, will get it sorted.  The rugby seemed to be a huge pull  and worked well on the wall…we’re going to look [...]

So what is BeerBoxBites by Offbeat Brewery?

February 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

For the last couple of years at #FirstyFriday we’ve been serving up amazing sausages from Brookside Porkers in Betley who’ve used our beers and seasonings to create some amazing sausages.  These are always going to continue on site, we love them and we know you do too!  But it has made us realise we could do so much more with food at the brewery – beer is a versatile ingredient for cooking with or pairing with food so BeerBoxBites is going to be our avenue to explore this. [...]