5 Local Beers From Northamptonshire
I’ve written this article about 5 local beers from Northamptonshire area to help you chaps quench your thirst this summer. Over the past 3 years Britain has gone crazy over words like Craft, Local, Vintage and Ale.
By the country being like this its helped local communities around the country move on from big chains and mass produced products and In turn bettering the economy.
What is Real Ale?
Real ale is a beer brewed from traditional ingredients (malted barley, hops water and yeast), matured by secondary fermentation in the container from which it is dispensed, and served without the use of extraneous carbon dioxide. Brewers use ingredients which are fresh and natural, resulting in a drink which tastes natural and is full of flavour. It is literally living as it continues to ferment in the cask in your local pub, developing its flavour as it matures ready to be poured into your glass.
What makes Real Ale so Real?
Real ale is a natural product brewed using traditional ingredients and left to mature in the cask (container) from which it is served in the pub through a process called secondary fermentation. It is this process which makes real ale unique amongst beers and develops the wonderful tastes and aromas.
Potbelly Brewery Limited is located in Kettering Northamptonshire, and has been trading since February 2005. It is a 10 barrel micro brewery which is the equivalent to 2888 Pints. Potbelly produces a range of quality Ales made with the finest malt and hops. Its open Monday – Friday 8am till 5pm. On Fridays the brewery opens again at 7pm till 10.30pm for Brewery Tours only! Potbelly is closed Saturday & Sundays. It has produced many award winning beers including Beijing Black 4.4% Mild and Crazy Daze 5.5% Golden and has won Northamptonshire’s beer festival. Potbelly also achieved CAMRA overall champion in 2016 with Ambrosia 4.0% Mild,this competition promotes real ale & cider and a traditional British pub.
They run brewery tours most Friday evenings, by doing this it supports many local charities such as Cransley hospice. Potbelly offer many variety of drinks, they come in 10litre boxes, 20 litre boxes or a casket. Potbelly also offer many drinks on there website such as there permanent, seasonal, monthly, occasional brews and there one offs, this allows you to look through and find whatever ales is best for you, in doing so they tell you a short description about the drink, how the drink comes or how it can be ordered they also state the ABV (Alcohol By Volume).
Potbelly have actually got a beer festival which is happening between Friday 30th June and Sunday 2nd July, this is at Sydney street (NN160HY). They offer 30+ real ales and 12+ ciders there will also be live music from DR.Busker and sweet molly & friends, if you would like more details about this you can ring 01536 410818
The ales I will be writing about are potbelly’s
- Crazy Daze 5.5% (Golden Ale) – Top 10 Selling Bitter and won numerous awards in the Strong Ale category! It is £30.50 for 10L and £59 for 20L, in my opinion it is a hidden gem as it’s so refreshing yet has an ABV percentage 5.5% I could easily imagine drinking this at a barbecue. Crazy Daze smells extremely fresh its a golden beer like Ale that is very elegant yet has a kick to it. Its made using traditional malts and hops.
- Piggin’ Saint 4.2% (NEW for 2017 – GLUTEN FREE) The piggin saint was very zesty when I first tasted this gluten free beverage. Its a golden colour which is very clear, I could imagine drinking this at a meal as it’s not that heavy, the best thing about potbelly is that it is situated in Kettering as you could easily go through 6 bottles.
The bottle has a few colours on it, this attracts the audience straight away. It has yellow and blue on the brown bottle with a pig sitting on a cloud, the picture represents the drink pretty well as its heavenly light, I really enjoyed this beverage.
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GUN DOG ALE
James and Sarah Pickering are the owners of Gun Dog Ales, a craft brewery situated in the Northamptonshire village of Woodford Halse. What started as an enthusiastic hobby at home a couple years ago has grown into an exciting business that has many new tasks on a daily basis. Working together with there hands on team, they produce a range of ales using traditional and modern techniques alongside tried and tested recipes.
At gun dog ales they support the community by using locally sourced ingredients and by trading with pubs and restaurants in the area, this allows Northamptonshire’s economy to flourish by creating more business needs and jobs.
They host tours through the brewery where they show you around the brew house and take you through the brewing process from start to finish. The tours last about an hour and cost £5, at the end of the tour you get a free pint. They allow children over the age of 10 on the tour, in doing so this allows them to get a message through to the kids of today about alcohol and some of the potential risks.
We tried the booze hound ale from Gun Dog Ales.The product is aesthetically pleasing. It catches your eyes straight away as it’s a brown bottle with a red label and big bold white writing. While tasting this we thought the Ale was bitter but had tastes of chocolate and copper.
After leaving it in the glass for a couple of minutes we realised it had quite a cloudy consistency and did not in fact clear up at all.I could easily imagine washing this down with a steak and ale pie on a beautiful winters day this is because it has a elegant buttery taste, I could drink 3-5 bottles of this very easily, at the end of the day it is what it says on the label it’s copper ale.
Our overall thought on the Gun Dogs Ale was very good as we both enjoyed drinking it, it had a very nice taste with it. Its not very strong so can easily be drunk with a meal or more of a social drink.
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SILVERSTONE REAL ALE
Silverstone Real Ale Brewery was Established 2008
Initially located on the site of The King’s Brewery in Syresham which was established in 1854, the Silverstone Brewery was set up in 2008 under the guidance of a record breaking master brewer, to produce the very finest real ales. Since then it has grown into an exciting business focused on one goal, to produce high quality tasting beer. With the “Home of British Motor Racing” on the doorstep our beers, branding and merchandising currently reflect more than sixty years of motor sport at the world famous Silverstone Circuit.
When a small group of passionate car enthusiasts meet in a pub and realise that they are all obsessive about their local beers and the history and heritage that surrounds both, they start to talk. So you can imagine that living in and around Silverstone is the heart and soul of the UK.Silverstone real ale have combined there love for motorsport and there love for ale and have came out with something amazing.
At first silverstones ale looked nice it had a lot of colour on the sticker, which contrasted very nice with the brown bottle. When I first tasted Silverstones Ignition I honestly thought it was a beer, it’s so smooth and tastes so nice it’s a little bit bitter but has a really citrus, zesty taste and you can really taste the apples in it. It’s like being in a sports car on an open road just as you’re all calm and relaxed you get a kick and that’s the ignition. Ignition was lightly carbonated and smelled unbelievable. I could quite easily drink this all night at a garden party or a chilled night in. It’s a very good summer drink thats extremely refreshing.
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THREE HILLS BREWERY
The Three Hills Brewery was named after the ancient communal tombs that stand on the outskirts of the village of Woodford. Three hills brewing is a small batch brewery on a mission to produce the highest quality drinks with experimental ales and unconventional lager. The Three Hills Brewery is a nano brewery. The small scale on which Three hills produces allows the brewery to stay original, always try new things and provide maximum choice to beer lovers, connoisseurs and open-minded drinkers.
Three hills doesn’t specialize in any style, they use past and modern techniques on there drinks. They create many styles using exciting ingredients, and processes from around the globe.
“The Three hills philosophy is to brew it, tweak it, nail it and move on to the next one”.
when we first started tipping the drink in to the cup we realised how dark the ale was so straight away we thought it was a winter type of drink. Its very stout like, I feel like an older gentleman would prefer this drink as it takes more of a vintage tongue to really appreciate this strong ale, after tasting Anglian we felt the drink flow all the way through our bodies, it definitely warms the old chest up and has a long lasting aftertaste. They start from £2.50, for this you can get a 330ml bottle or you can buy them as a 3 or 4 pack.
I enjoyed tasting this drink because it’s different to what I drink. Anglian’s ale had a very warm feeling which was strange at first but as I drank more I started to like the flavour and warmth of the drink. Its displayed on a brown bottle with a white and purple label. It looks very elegant for a prestigous gentleman. I could probably only drink 2 of these as it’s a heavy drink.
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