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Sunday Papers Club - We have to pick up our papers for Sundays and we could pick up yours too!

Would you be interested in getting your Sunday papers from here at 12 noon?

Let us know at the bar or email and we'll explain the plan.

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Blue Bell Bitter 3.5% PDF Print E-mail
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Our own Blue Bell Bitter at 3.5% is brewed by Facers in Flintshire - a traditional amber bitter. Full bodied and Blue Bell Bitter well hopped to give a balanced taste. Great as it is or as a refreshing shandy.

Hops: 100% Goldings. Malt: Crystal, Optic malt & torrefied wheat.

We're now up to brew recipe eight. We thought recipe six would be it but price has become an issue so after a bit of tweaking of recipe seven we think we've got it, what do you think?
We're trying to get good value and great taste in one pint but we need your feedback to achieve it.

We've added wheat to improve head retention and a little more crystal malt to make it slightly darker. Recipe seven was tweaked a little to reduce the bitterness as the Goldings were a tad too bitter despite what the book says.

In recipe five we slowly removed the Liberty hops from the recipe we started with (so called, we now realise, because the cost of them now is a liberty!). The hop recipe for Blue Bell Bitter is now 100% Goldings hops.

This is a huge change for the better in terms of the beer's carbon footprint, as the Liberty hops were grown in America but the Goldings are British. It's also helping us keep the cost down as the Goldings have ‘only' gone up by a trifling 111% from £7.35/kilo last year to £15.50/kilo; they haven't actually confirmed the cost of Liberty at the moment, but we're expecting something like £25 - £30/kilo.

We used to use Maris Otter malt but price became an issue for the same reasons, poor harvest yields and some lunatic fringe growing fuel instead of food - Did you know that The Economist, End of cheap food, Dec 6th 2007 article stated that 'filling the tank of an SUV with ethanol [made with corn/maize] requires enough corn/maize to feed a person for a year,' it'll be the same with cereals too soon, OK rant over!

We actually think Optic malt comes out better in taste tests, what do you think? Your comments would be most welcomed here or over the bar so we can craft this beer not only to suit our tastebuds but our pockets as well!

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Aultmore 12yo (H) PDF Print E-mail
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Aultmore

Distilled at the Aultmore Distillery in Moray, Banffshire. Established in 1897 by Alexander Edward Keith, this rarest of Speyside classics has been distilled in handmade copper pot stills, yet for over a century it was only sold in limited editions aimed at collectors - but we got our hands on some!

12 year old Aultmore single malt Scotch whisky, unveiled in 2014 for the Last Great Malts by Dewar's. A refreshing dram, with plenty of vanilla, honey and citrus, alongside a touch of grassiness. It's been quite a while since a distillery bottling of Aultmore has been released, so this is all rather exciting indeed.

The Aultmore name is derived from the phrase An t-Allt Mòr, Gaelic for big burn, referring to its water source the Auchinderran burn which flows off the Foggie Moss.  It was a favourite spot for illicit distilling in the early 19th century due to the numerous springs and the plentiful supply of peat on the Foggie Moss.  However, the distillery's location was chosen for its proximity to the Great North of Scotland Railway, to which it was connected by a siding from the Keith-Buckie line and the village was built solely for the distillery workers. 

For almost three-quarters of a century, the distillery was powered by a 10hp Abernethy steam engine, with an elaborate systems of line shafts and belts connecting all of the moving processes.  In it's heyday, this engine was the last word in power efficiency and is proudly retained as a feature in the entrance hall.

Part of the Dewar's portfolio since 1923, Aultmore has always been rated by the top class blenders and it is used in Dewar's blends which currently account for most of its production. Aultmore was sold to Bacardi in 1998.

An all natural colour with no hint of peat smoke, Aultmore is non chill-filtered for a full clean, smooth flavour.

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Gluten Free @CELIAlager now at the Blue... PDF Print E-mail
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celiaWe are really pleased to be able to add the award winning CELIA Lager to our cellars. altCelia Lager is a hand-crafted organic premium czech lager.

With the benefit of being gluten-free and naturally carbonated CELIA Lager is brewed for over 2 months in the walls of a 14th century castle using traditional batch brewing techniques creating a true craft Czech pilsner. CELIA is open fermented for 14 days to ensure all natural carbonation to create a truly light pilsner that avoids that bloated feeling.

CELIA is crafted to remove gluten to create a uniquely light pilsner. CELIA sources local, sustainably farmed Saaz noble hops and barley, brewed without additives for a true pilsner.

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Eros Tea - Organic & Fairtrade PDF Print E-mail
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Eros Tea - Organic & Fairtrade

The Eros tea range is 100% organic and Fairtrade where possible. The tea is grown and packed in Sri Lanka and the growers benefit from the fairtrade premium that is paid and because the tea is packed locally, it provides more local jobs and enables them to export finished tea to more export markets.

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Got Rhythm every 4th Thursday of the month PDF Print E-mail
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Got RhythmNewGot Rhythm bring eclectic goldies from various era's and genres delivered with an easy acoustic style. There's something for everyone.

Expect to hear / join in with all sorts of lovely music but mainly old pop songs, jazzy and latin tunes and songs.

John Bailey; guitar, vocals, percussion.
Keith Parkins; sax and flute.
Bryan Moody; double bass, guitar, vocals.

Cracking new music lined up for every 4th Thursday in the month. 

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