We’re already well into 2020 and while January is typically a quiet month, we’ve had a very busy few weeks behind the scenes getting ready to bring you some big changes. Our specials are being revamped, our core range is changing and we’ve been working on some brand-new one-off releases.
This week sees the release of fresh batches of Fatlamp and Run For Cover, as well as a brand new one-off IPA, 799. We’ve really raised the bar with these new beers and think they are probably three of the best beers we have ever released. We took what we learned last year, tweaked our recipes and fermented these beers with a brand new yeast (Pacific Ale WLP041). This trio of new beers will be launched today at noon at the brewery, and will be heading out to trade outlets next week. As well as our direct channels, more of this beer than ever before will be heading out to distributors across England and Wales so keep an eye out for it!
After reviewing our beer range at the end of last year, we’ve made the decision to drop Palomino. This beer has been with us since the start so we’ll be sad to see it go. However, we just don’t feel it fits in with our future plans and the direction we’re taking our beer. We’re sure this will be met with disappointment by some, but the exciting beers we have planned for 2020 will hopefully soften the blow.
We’re also making a change to Buckskin. We had suspected for a while that if we fermented Buckskin with a lager yeast, it would produce a more refined version of itself. After some successful experimental batches at the end of last year, we began brewing the first batches of Buckskin lager (fermented with a German lager yeast) in January and we expect the first kegs to be heading out in the next few weeks. We can’t wait for everyone to taste the results.
We have a whole load of exciting plans for the rest of the year which continue in March when we will be switching the new core range of Nokota and Buckskin (as a lager) to 330ml cans for the first time. With the demand for craft beer in cans increasing as well as the added convenience and recyclability, we now feel the time is right for us to switch entirely to this format.
We’re planning one or two beer release dates each month for the rest of the year which will see new versions of Scorched Earth in keg, the continuation of the Tramcar series, more one-off brews and more collaborations with other breweries. We have some really exciting and celebratory collaboration brews lined up for our fifth birthday in April so watch this space.
As we plan and look ahead to the rest of 2020, the team couldn’t be more excited about the future and the beers we are producing. We learned a whole lot in 2019 and we’re taking all that knowledge into 2020 so that our beers keep getting better and better. As we’ve said before we love what we do, and couldn’t do it without our amazing customers. Thanks again for your support!