Saturday, 2 August 2014

We are Hiring!

Role One

LEAD BREWER

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Lead Brewer to join the SWB team on a full time basis.

We are a very fast moving brewery now supplying keg, cask & bottled beer to all corners of the UK & exporting to over 15 international markets & growing!
Plans are beginning to take place for our move from where it all began in 2008 to new larger premises & brewery within the next 12-18 months.

The role will include:-

  • Brewing our established core beers as well as more experimental specials.
  • Maintaining the consistency & high standards that are in place.
  • Ongoing management/monitoring of raw materials & adjustments if necessary to ensure consistency of the beers.
  • Input on new recipes & product development.
  • Managing fermentations, recording gravities & dry hopping.
  • Completion of brewing & cleaning records.
  • Continuation of the brewery HACCP & Health & Safety plan.
  • Other duties include preparation of batches for packaging & packaging itself.
  • There will also be opportunities to attend events on behalf of the brewery both in the UK & abroad.

A suitable candidate should demonstrate the following:-

  • Previous commercial brewing experience required.
  • Industry qualifications desirable but not essential.
  • Must be able to execute set plans & work independently at times.
  • Troubleshooting, adaptability, flexibility & the ability to work under pressure are other key attributes.
There is an excellent package for the successful candidate including an attractive salary, private medical insurance, funky bright orange wellies & other benefits.

Please submit a covering letter & CV either by email or post ONLY.

Send applications to:-

andy-at-summerwinebrewery.co.uk

or:-

Summer Wine Brewery Ltd.
Unit 15 Crossley Mills
New Mill Road
Honley
Holmfirth
West Yorkshire
HD9 6PL

Role Two

BREWERY ASSISTANT

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Brewery Assistant to join the SWB team on a full time basis.

We are a very fast moving brewery now supplying keg, cask & bottle beer to all corners of the UK & exporting to over 15 international markets & growing!
Plans are beginning to take place for our move from where it all began in 2008 to new larger premises & brewery within the next 12-18 months.

The role will include:-

  • Assisting in the preparation of Brewdays with the Lead Brewer.
  • Cleaning of the brewhouse, brewing vessels & bottling equipment.
  • Packaging of products in cask, keg & bottle.
  • Cleaning & preparing of containers.
  • Preparing orders including dispatch to online customers, direct delivery accounts & UK/Export pallet customers.

Experience working within a brewery is desirable but not essential for this position.

A full clean UK driving licence is preferable.

Adaptability, flexibility, initiative, ability to work under pressure & to deliver high standards are the key attributes we are looking for.

There is an excellent package for the successful candidate including competitive pay, funky orange wellies & other benefits.

Please submit a covering letter & CV either by email or post ONLY.

Send applications to:-

andy-at-summerwinebrewery.co.uk

or:-

Summer Wine Brewery Ltd.
Unit 15 Crossley Mills
New Mill Road
Honley
Holmfirth
West Yorkshire
HD9 6PL

Saturday, 11 January 2014

A look at the year ahead...

Since we started brewing in 2008 we have seen massive changes in the brewing industry & some of it is hard to absorb when you're on the inside & things move so quickly, back then no-one was talking about the word 'Craft' not many brewers were regularly dry hopping core range beers & kegged beer from small brewers was nowhere near being entertained.

How times have changed, six years on the British brewing scene is eclectic & diverse, cask, keg, bottle & can, IPA, Saison, Sours & more. The explosion of small breweries with their energy & endless creativity have thrilled & delighted those looking for exciting new beers & equally frustrated others.

2013 - We went from strength to strength.
I think we are now coming to the end of this frantically paced period of change & hopefully we'll see all brewers settling into the serious business of putting consistent quality at the heart of everything they do, but by the same token not relinquishing the originality which has fueled the great new found interest in beer.

We have put in some extra QC procedures & equipment at the brewery this year to ensure you are enjoying our beers a their best, we are determined to have our best year yet & build on the quality we achieved last year & go a step further.
Sabertooth, our new US IPA, low IBU's Big Hop/Malt Character
2013 was our best year to date, two new team members added, new equipment, more capacity & a lot of fantastic new beers not least 'The Devil Loves' *HOP* series, Mokko Milk Stout & Pacer our session keg pale ale, which have proven extremely popular.

We will be posting a monthly blog detailing what's happening this coming year, which leads me onto some changes in our range for 2014. Sadly, Resistance Dark Mild & Cohort are being retired, making way for 'Sabertooth' IPA 6.9%, 'Mokko' Milk Stout 6.0%. & seasonal 'Klooster' Belgian Wit 5.2% (April - October).

Our range in 2014 will now consist of the following:-

Zenith Pale Ale (Cask) 4.0%
Pacer Pale Ale (Keg) 4.1%
Barista Espresso Stout (Cask & Keg) 4.8%
Teleporter Ten Malt Porter (Cask & Keg) 5.0%
Oregon West Coast Pale Ale (Cask & Keg) 5.5%
Klooster Belgian Wit (Keg) 5.2% (Seasonal April-October)
Rouge Red Ale (Cask & Keg) 5.8%
Diablo IPA (Cask & Keg) 6.0%
Mokko Milk Stout (Cask & Keg) 6.0%
Sabertooth IPA (Keg) 6.9%
Maelstrom DIPA (Keg) 9.0%

This months new beers include:-

Huldra - Smoked Porter 5.4% - A smoky US style Porter brewed with Rauchmalt & Perle, East Kent Goldings, Mount Hood & Willamette hops.

Piha - Cask Pale Ale 3.9% - A riot of Kiwi hops such as Motueka, Pacifica & Nelson Sauvin, resulting in a sessionable pale ale with bags of dry hopped character.

Here's to 2014 being a positive 'pint half full' kind of year.
Here's to a great 2014 for us all, brewer, publican & most importantly the drinker!

Saturday, 27 October 2012

IndyManBeerCon - What the HELL is Craft Beer Video.

What the hell is craft beer? Debate at Indy Man Beer Con 2012 from Asta Films on Vimeo.

Incase you couldn't make it to IndyManBeerCon here's the video of the the discussion that took place that night. Have a watch & I think you'll be surprised how much common ground there was...

IndyManBeerCon - The Movie


Indy Man Beer Con Manchester 2012 from Asta Films on Vimeo.

Ok, so it's not quite a movie, but the interviews & the production of this video follow-up to IndyMan yet again shows how these guys are 'Raising The Bar' (no pun intended, honest!) when it comes to world class beer events.

Monday, 10 September 2012

The Independent Manchester Beer Convention

PRESS RELEASE

Independent Manchester Beer Convention
Friday 5th and Saturday 6th October 2012 / Victoria Baths, Manchester

-- IMBC announces cask list, food stalls, events and pop up tastings --

Under four weeks to go, Indy Man Beer Con fever is reaching boiling point, our full CASK brewery list has been announced and will proudly feature beer from : Beavertown, Black Jack, Brodies, Burscough, Buxton, Camden, Cantillon, Darkstar, First Chop, Gadds, Hackney, Hardknott, Harviestoun, Hawkshead, Ilkley, Kirkstall, Liverpool Craft, Magic Rock, Mallinsons, Marble, Quantum, Red Willow, Redemption, Sierra Nevada and Tyne Bank! 

The extensive KEG room includes stalls hosted by the brewers themselves, these will include : Brewdog, Thornbridge, Magic Rock, Tempest, Hardknott, Lovibonds, Summer Wine Brewery, Camden Town Brewery, Ilkley Brewery with more beers selected by James Clay and Portable Street Beer House.

With plenty of beer on offer, you will be needing something to soak it all up, we have specially selected three of the finest food merchants around. Joining us for IMBC will be South Indian restaurant Sindhoor, serving up the finest cuisine around. Dirty Dogs will be dishing out the dirtiest hot dogs in the north and finally The Great North Pie Company will be presenting a special cold cutting pork pie, made exclusively for the festival. Don't forget the five course meal we are putting together with Aumbry especially for IMBC, a matched meal with selected beer from Port Street Beer House, only a few tickets remain for each night.

We have also put together a series of exclusive events for IMBC, these include Meet The Brewer with Kjetil Jikiun (Nogne 0), tasting events from Summer Wine and Red Willow, plus we will be hosting out flag-ship talk: 'What The HELL is craft beer?', featuring special guest James Watt (Brewdog), Zak Avery (beer boy) and many more, details are available via our blog.

Pop up tastings will be occurring throughout the festival with exclusive beers form Nogne 0 and Schneider, we will also be encouraging all the IMBC keg brewers to hold food matching on their stalls, keep an eye out for spontaneous little events.

Finally we have invited our friends 'Ping Pong Club' to host one of the rooms, they will be bringing their huge table and you will get the chance to have a few games of ping pong, in the same room we will have live music on both nights from Former Bullies, playing from the Bob Dylan / Neil Young songbook. Amazing. IMBC is HERE!


Tickets are available online : http://indymanbeercon.eventbrite.co.uk/


£6 -- IMBC lite session (12pm - 4.30pm)

£9 -- IMBC later session  (5.30pm - 11.30pm)

£45 --  IMBC Max session (5.30 - 11.30)
which includes a meal with Aumbry paired with beers from Port Street Beer House.

Friday 5th  / Saturday 6th October 2012 - Victoria Baths, Manchester - http://www.indymanbeercon.co.uk/

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Dr. Paracelsus' Bombastic Indigo Elixir


"Every little hair on my neck knows more than you and all your scribes."
After the huge success of KopiKat it's time to turn our attentions to a new project, this one is an idea we've had swimming around since October, another unique off-the-wall offering from our grey matter.

Here's the story. Dr. Paracelsus born Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, 11 November or 17 December 1493 – 24 September 1541 was a German-Swiss Renaissance physician, botanist, alchemist, astrologer, and general occultist.

A man credited with much in his short life, he had an extremely self confident manner often labelled arrogant & verbose, a few of his quotes included:-

"It's the dose that makes the poison"

"Every little hair on my neck knows more than you and all your scribes."

Many books mentioning Paracelsus cite his often arrogant speaking style, which the following passage illustrates:

I am Theophrastus, and greater than those to whom you liken me; 

I am Theophrastus, and in addition I am monarcha medicorum and I can prove to you what you cannot prove...

I need not don a coat of mail or a buckler against you, for you are not learned or experienced enough to refute even a word of mine...

As for you, you can defend your kingdom with belly-crawling and flattery. How long do you think this will last?...

Let me tell you this: every little hair on my neck knows more than you and all your scribes, and my shoe buckles are more learned than your Galen and Avicenna, and my beard has more experience than all your high colleges.

In some schools of thought it is said the the word 'Bombastic' originated from his middle name 'Bombastus'. A word that would carry the facets of his character.

So how does this the relate to what we're going to brew?

Dr. Paracelsus' Bombastic Indigo Elixir.


Yep, I'm hoping it will be a mouthful in more ways than one.

To stay true to Paracelsus' character the beer with be outrageous with a raging personality with influences of alchemy & botany.

The beer will be 8% & will involve the following ingredients:-

-Special B Malt
-Blackberries
-Liquorice Root
-Black Cardamoms
-Turkish Pepper
-Bramling Cross Single Hop

Think a rich deep reddish ale , deep dark forest fruits, dark malts, liquorice, sweetness & fruity hops.

And just to make things interesting some of the brew is destined for a 1997 Bowmore Whisky cask for ageing.

We'll be bringing Paracelsus to life next month...

*Brilliant artwork above done by our brewery assistant, Tom.*