Two beers have been taken for bottling and should be available soon. A welcome return for scalded shoulder in time for summer and a new lager brewed by request of our customers at The Tap.
The first beer in our new Gargoyle series is Chimera Blonde. A 3.8% blonde which punches above it’s weight. Brewed with low colour Maris otter for a subtle malty backbone and hopped with Cascade and new hop to us, Aurora, a Slovenian hop which promises a spicy yet pleasant flavour with floral and piney aromas. Twinned with the citrus from cascade, this should be a very tasty session beer.
The Gargoyle series has come about after brewer Dan finally located the little known landmark Gargoyle Bridge. A stone built railway bridge which has numerous faces carved into the stone. It is believed that they were carved by a local artist but he has never admitted it.
Officially, the carvings are not Gargoyles, which is a term for the beast like creatures which perched on the roof of gothic buildings and acted as a water spout, channeling water from the roof, through its mouth and away from the walls and foundations. Gargoyle in fact comes from the French “Gargouille” which means throat.
Carvings which do not channel water are actually known as a Grosteque, Chimera or Boss. These are the names of the beers in the series. First is Chimera blonde, the next beer will be Boss Stout, a rich dark stout at 4.2% hopped with Bobek which is sure to take charge of any bar. The third beer in the series will be Grotesque IPA at 6.0% which will be brewed with 4 Styrian Hops for a complex flavour and a good strong malty backbone like IPAs used to be.
We also have plans to brew our very own lager using Dana hops for a noticeable yet subtle floral/citrus flavour and a hint of sweetness from crystal malt, which should be a welcome change from the bland lagers that dominate most bars. At 5.0% What a Relief lager is sure to quench a thirst throughout the summer (A relief is another form of stone carving).
Tickets for our next meet the brewer are available from the Tap. We will be joined by Harry and Peter from Geeves Brewery, Barnsley, on 7th April 2016. They will be bringing along three of their beers to pair up with three of ours. Tickets include 3 third pint tasters (one of each beer) and a Pie and Pea supper. You’ll also get chance to meet the brewers and ask questions and each brewer will be telling you all about each beer and their breweries.
Places are limited, so book early.
Dan has been hard at work in the brewery recently, brewing the core beers which have been bottled by Yorkshire Heart. Colin Brown, Haley’s Comet, Spanish Stout and Jumping Pirate are all now available in bottles. They will soon be joined by seasonal brew Dame Ruby Rhubarb.
This week, Dan has brewed one of the favourites from the Mining series, Blacklegs, which will appear on bars soon with it’s new pump clip design. Dan has also brewed a new version of Pacific Blonde using Polaris and Herkules hops. Both hops are strong flavoured and Dan has balanced the spicy flavours of herkules with intense floral and mint aromas of Polaris. The beer is named after the constellation which Polaris is part of, Little Dipper.
On Thursday the 28th January 2016, we will be joined,at Hamelsworde Tap,by Malcolm Bastow from Five Towns Brewery. Malcolm runs the brewery from his shed in Outwood and produces some fine ales. 3 of which will be on the bar. The session costs £10 each and includes 6 thirds of real ale so that you can try each of the beers we have on. It also includes Pie and Peas. Come in and book your tickets asap.
We have teamed up with ILTO photography to offer a photo package in our bar. Come and see us or drop us a line for more information. In summary you get a professional photo shoot and a drink each (up to 4 people) your photos on disc in high res and web friendly versions. You also have the option of adding a canvas with a chosen image.
Our first Groupon deal went live yesterday, We are pleased to offer a beer tasting session with Pie and Peas for only £9. You’ll be able to sample three Hamelsworde Beers and learn about the different beer styles and production processes. You can also stay for a drink and relax in our bar and try our guest ales and keg craft beers. View the deal here
We’re celebrating World Gin Day at Hamelsworde Tap by introducing Mason’s Yorkshire Gin to our exciting range of Gins. We now stock Portobello Road, Sipsmith, Brecon Botanicals and Tanqueray along side Mason’s. We’ve also been working on a range of cocktails including Singapore Sling, Gin Fizz and Sea Breeze which are sure to delight the most discerning Gin connoisseur.
Come and visit us this weekend, we are open 1-11pm Friday and Saturday and from 12 midday on Sunday.
We’ve also got a fantasting range of our beer and guest ales, including our new Magna Carta ales, Black Monk Porter and Pontefract Charter Blonde Ale.
We are pleased to announce the opening of our brewery tap on 23rd May 2015 when we will be holding a launch party from 3pm. We will have a range of our own beers plus guest ales from local breweries, Local Cider and wines and spirits. Please come and join us as we kick start our exciting new venture.
We were requested to produce a Mild for a Mild Festival this month. Dan jumped at the chance to create a new beer. Mild beers can often be a little watery so Dan set out to create a Mild with subtle bitterness and low ABV without losing the body of the beer. The result is Queen Mary Mild. Dan has combined Maris Otter malt with Chocolate and Crystal malts for a sweet dark malty flavour and added Wheat and Flaked Barley to provide body. It is single hopped with Admiral hops for a subtle bitterness and slight orangey flavour/aroma. But that is not all. Queen Mary Mild will only be available at our Tap later this month. As will a one off version with a hint of Aniseed. They will feature on the bar during our opening weekend. But don’t worry if you can’t make it to Hemsworth, Queen Mary Mild with Cacao and Vanilla has been released to Sam Parker for the Templar Mild Festival (Leeds), Mick Quirk for a Beer Festival in Castleford and also to Dale at Imperial Brewery (Mexborough). I’ve also retained a cask for The Tap. Queen Mary Mild has been named to honour a good friend of Hamelsworde Brewery who has provided support and lots of laughs. Thanks Mary.