News from Amber Ales - November 2013

It's been some time since our last newsletter so we bring you a mixture of news and reports from the world of Amber Ales.

The Talbot Taphouse has seen some great guest beers from the likes of Wincle, Seismic, Liverpool Organic and of course Oakham Ales, who have also helped us select a brand new and improved wine range, now on the bar. Our real fire, operational since the end of last winter (but thankfully not needed in the summer!) is coming into its own again too…

Events coming up include the IPA weekender (5th-7th December) to mark our FOURTH birthday (!!), featuring IPA beers in cask, keg and bottle including the official launch of Amber Ales Double IPA (8.3%abv), our Imperial IPA aged in Bourbon oak barrels plus a couple of very special craft keg lines. Music and various other things such as the killer cheese event happening over the weekend too.

We've also pencilled in our annual Belgian beer night for late Feb/early March, depending on when the guys from Duvel Moortgat can come over and take us through a tasting session on their lovely beers. Always fun, always a sell-out, watch this space.

At the brewery we have new staff (welcome, Nick) and a new van - sorry but the orange devil just couldn't take it anymore! Increased production has given us chance to expand into new areas, so we now have a weekly delivery schedule into Nottingham, for example. Further afield we made an appearance at the Jersey beer festival (although we didn't deliver that ourselves!) and have been seen in Blackpool and Essex.

Our Summer range of 'Hop Project' beers have been a great success, with golden ales featuring Centennial, Pacifica, Chinook, Cascade, or Nelson Sauvin hops all flying out. My favourite was the Centennial: what was yours? The plan is to do the same next summer, with some new hop varieties and some repeated.

Experiments with barrel aging beers are continuing, with French oak, Bourbon oak, Brettanomyces and other beer geeky stuff all happening. Results are starting to appear in our bottled beer range, which we have split into two. The revamped range has a 500ml component, as for our core cask range (available now):

Our more experimental, 'Artisan' range features unusual ingredients and flavours, tending to be stronger, 'sipping' beers (full range available soon):

Latest beer to launch in cask is the ever-popular Winter Ruby, a 5.1% 'fireside ale', replacing the Autumn Pale our 4.4% seasonal made with fresh-picked English hops. Others you may have seen recently include the 5.8% Abbey Stout (at Nottingham beer festival, amongst other places), Brandon's Brew (our September memorial ale), Brocks Bitter (a charity collaboration with staff at Nottingham's Major Oak pub) and Sea Bliss (a super-hoppy beer brewed with and for Ralf and Anna at The Alex in Derby. Congratulations to Mr and Mrs!).

That's about it for our news; if you want to write to us, see contact details below.

Cheers The Amber Team

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