First off, a very Happy New Year! Hope you all had a lovely break. Where did 2016 go!?
It’s been non stop here at the brewery and after a manic Christmas period, we’re having to restock our bottle supplies of Tunnel Vision, Funnel Blower and Dark & Handsome.
We’re also brewing our seasonal beer Chuffin Ale, and our monthly special Gym Dodger - a full flavoured, light amber session bitter at 3.2% ABV. It’s made with a pale malt to produce a lovely amber colour and uses UK-grown Admiral hops to create its bitterness and aroma. Particularly considering the time of year, Gym Dodger was designed to be low strength without tasting like a weak beer. Selecting a high quality malt ensures the beer retains plenty of body, whilst a robust hop gives the depth to the flavour, creating a lower strength beer to be enjoyed, rather than endured!
Also this month, we’re hosting a Lock In at the Brewery for local CAMRA branches. The bar will be open, visitors can meet the Box team and take part in one of my speciality Brewery tours to discover more how we make our beautifully engineered beers. I’ll be needed for 2 or 3 brewery tours in one evening - thirsty work!
Every year we review the Christmas period in January to see what we could do better next year, and how we could plan to make it go smoothly. It always feels like there is plenty of time to put this in place - until it’s suddenly November again! Oh well. Here we go again…