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Blue Bell Bitter 3.5% PDF Print E-mail

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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Dark Blue 4% PDF Print E-mail

ImageImageBrewed by Facers in Flintshire - A beautiful dark beer designed to provide a non-chemical and non-gassy alternative to that expensive syrup that is famously brewed in Dublin, then shipped/trucked over here and thinned with water modified by chemists in Runcorn!

Dark Blue at 4% is well priced and takes you back to that Irish beers roots as a porter.  Better still, if you are a member of CAMRA we'll shave off another 20p per pint.  Now that's what I call value and this beer has nothing but the finest non-chemical ingredients too! Those ingredients include Optic Pale Ale Malt, Crystal Malt and Chocolate Malt and the hops are 1st Gold.

Described by Mad Ed as, "mild with attitude," the beer should suit all dark beer drinkers (e.g. Mild, Porter & Stout). We have Dark Blue as a permanent feature on the bar nestled comfortably beside our now famous Blue Bell Bitter.

It's the landlords favourite pint, although the Blue Bell Bitter takes a lot of beating!

 
Union Foundry Ale 4% PDF Print E-mail

altImageFrom Y Bragdy Mŵs Piws / The Purple Moose Brewery in Porthmadog, N. Wales.

One of the Purple Moose speciality range and a sturdy pale bitter with spicy cinnamon overtones.Image

Pale Ale Malt, Hops are Pioneer, Goldings and First Gold (for the aroma) making for a delicious brew!

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Diablo 4.1% PDF Print E-mail

altDiablo is a 4.1% light coloured beer from the local Frodsham Brewery

 
Steel Bonnet 5% PDF Print E-mail

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ciderEstablished in 2010, Waulkmill Cider is a small but passionate Scottish business. Craft cider and perry is the heart of their business and Steel Bonnet at 5%bv is a fantastic cider traditionally made using apples from the borders of Scotland and England.

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As the label says, "Named and produced in recognition of the years of struggle and strife endured by families on both sides of the border."

Taste Notes [under construction]: cider profiles This cider is made from apples from across the debatable lands and are fermented and then blended to produce this medium-sweet full fruit barrel-aged cider.

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