Beer, Deliveries & Stuff

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Just to follow on from the note yesterday and to clarify our position….already rambling and it’s only day two!!

Although, Brewery Shops (overnight) have been placed on the Government shop exemptions list the brewery WILL NOT be open for sales or collection of beer. In the nicest possible way PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO VISIT US, it will compromise me personally, other businesses on site and the remaining online business we have.

WE WILL continue to trade online – subject to availability – and will get beer to you safely using our NO CONTACT, DELIVERY SERVICE.

This will remain the case until we’re formally advised otherwise, we review ourselves on other grounds – or til someone else decides to take an angle grinder to the gates at Radium to see what else they can get. What the actual F$%£..?!?

All the best Bow, family & TBT Fitness, it just £uc£ing heartless what people will do at the minute. We’re next door and my stomach turned when I got the call and headed down there this morning.
Fortunately, we have very little of value in terms of flipping it for easy money left down there. So, not that it’ll deter, if you’re thinking about it don’t waste your time and energy, there’s very little of value onsite – we’re in the middle of a Pandemic!!

Eyes out for anyone selling knocked off gym equipment…I ain’t laughing but it’s like living in the Back to the Future II bad timeline at the moment…..

Anyway, on to deliveries – Why & How? Read More

We’re Still Open…Mostly.

By | Industry Stuff, The Brewery

Thought it best to mull that little lot over before announcing anything formal around the brewery, events and beers today. Just as 2020 was hotting up….

Without a doubt yesterday’s announcements will have a huge impact on the brewery and industry in the coming months. Cash flow aside the other big one is insurance….Despite COVID-19 being named a notifiable disease by the Government for insurance purposes, due to wording, this means lots of businesses as it stands – including us – won’t be covered whether forced in to closure or not. We’ve full coverage for “Plague” apparently but not this one. Bollocks.

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Manchester Beer Week – Party At The Orchard

By | The Brewery

Summer is fast approaching, what to do….

Go on then let’s pull together some of Altrincham & Manchester’s finest small batch producers of food, drink & music sets together in one place for something a bit different. We’re taking the BrewTap offsite for a Mcr Beer Week and Summer Special!!!!

As soon as we heard the guys at Mcr Beer Week were looking for ways to push things beyond the Manchester City Centre boundaries we instantly thought we could provide them an event spot…..

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One Price Fits All? Nice Try.

By | Industry Stuff
Remember Saturday Swap Shop? All pretty harmless fun, lots of small kids phoning in and swapping toys and getting rid of what to them had probably become junk, an answer to their problems. Panini Mexico 86 Swaps. Hmmm. Anyway, Beer Swaps by all accounts are the answer to every small breweries problems to….

We recently got dug out by someone – a bar in fact – on Mark Zuckerberg’s very non-private forum who decided they’d provide a bit of “feedback” by name about a few breweries who’s starting cask prices they didn’t like. All fair game really being in such a public industry but definitely something to digest when you’re a newish brewery owner. Just a pity we weren’t tagged to make it a fair game. Do you respond? Yop. Read More

Let’s Call it Six Months….

By | The Brewery

While I’ve got 10 mins….

Not sure what I was expecting but it’s been a hectic few months. Just realised it’s near enough a year to the day I packed in the day job and jumped feet first in to building a brewery near our family home in Altrincham. Regrets? None really. That said, aside from having Poppy our daughter last September in a brewery sense the last six months of 2016 were forgettable but you can read about that elsewhere. Things have moved on but won’t be forgotten….

After brewing for the first time at Radium in December 16’, 2017 has seen things start to move in the direction I was hoping when planning, daydreaming, flirting with the idea of setting up a microbrewery 3 years ago. Beer, nice people, offers of help, offers, events, challenges, flexibility, inflexibility, opportunity, vans, strange looks, vindictive complaints, people who love/hate the brand, CVs & Stag dos have all headed this way and it’s becoming a really interesting place to play.

At some points I’ve never worked as hard, but on the flip I’m getting time to start thinking about kicking it all on after sorting (ish) some major points. ie. Beer & people Read More

Chill Out….

By | The Brewery

Beer style plays a huge part in how beers are presented, more and more breweries are prepared to take matters of presentation into their own hands, very much suiting brewers and breweries own ideas and direction. Styles like the New England IPA have added another dimension to presentation and many people have now revised their opinions on the kinds of beers they look for and enjoy.

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From Behind the (Gyle) 8 Ball

By | The Brewery

Well its taken 5 months but I’ve managed to get to brew number 8, Friday just gone in fact. Everything and every day since stepping up from brewing on a 100l kit to working with something allowing me to get up to 1,500l into a fermenter has been part of a huge learning curve. You’d be surprised how daunting it is when you start viewing things in 100s of kilograms, 1000s of litres & £100s of hops per brew. I’m slowly coming out blinking into the light. Was I ready? Possibly not, but the beer won’t brew itself – and I’m head brewer!

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