Saviour Brewery is based in an outbuilding at the White Hart Inn, Hamstead Marshall.
Northdown, Fuggles and Golding hops grow wild in the garden of the White Hart Inn.
Saviour’s Brewer John Trueman used freshly picked Northdown hop flowers for a green hop version of Boozer brewed in September.
Boozer has 3 hops. Northdown and Cascade from Charles Faram in the main brew then Northdown from the garden in the hopback. John Trueman said ‘As the garden flowers are introduced at the end of the boil the hop oils are prominent. You can certainly taste the new flowers: a dryness that you don’t normally encounter.’
A group of West Berkshire CAMRA members met Tom at the Wheatsheaf Inn, Thatcham on Saturday 16 November, 2019. Two Delphic beers were on the bar: The Wheatsheaf (Best Bitter 4.2% ABV), a permanent beer at the pub and Green on the Scene (Green Hopped Pale 4.2% ABV).
There is a Delphic Brewing Co launch event at the Wheatsheaf Inn on Saturday 14 December from 5pm. The beers that will be available for sampling are:
‘The Wheatsheaf’ – amber, malty and fruity with notes of blackcurrant and citrus from UK grown Cascade hops.
‘Ampage Up’, a 4.8% dry-hopped American Pale Ale, low bitterness, golden in colour, super juicy with a mix of US grown Centennial, Cascade and Lemondrop. Unfined, hazy and with a body that punches well above it’s weight. The name comes from a mix of the frustrations of single phase power and a fantastic song to mash-in to.
‘Green On The Scene’ is a fresh green hopped, traditional, single malt English Pale Ale. 4.2% in ABV, brewed with homegrown Cascade hops, picked by hand and thrown straight in the boil. This year’s harvest has brought spicy citrus notes and some apple flavours to this super-limited one off brew.
An additional experimental brew may also be available if it is ready in time
Swamp Dog Brewery has moved into Two Cocks Farm following the acquisition of Two Cocks Brewery in November, 2019. Originally from South Africa and involved in the telecoms business internationally, Taryn and Paul Medlin become the third owners of the brewery which was founded by Phil Palmer and Michael Butcher in 2009. Caroline Davenport and Les Hanwell took over in 2017 and will remain at the farm focusing on developing the 40-acre farm’s other products.
Caroline said ‘We have been privileged to be caretakers of Two Cocks Brewery and delighted to have handed over to Taryn and Paul. We’re also thrilled that MENCAP will continue to hand label with the distinctive feathers for the bottled beer range which includes 1643 Roundhead and 1643 Cavalier.’
Based near Enborne, about three miles west of Newbury, the better utilised brewery will increase fermentation capacity in January and expand further within the existing barn. Taryn and Paul are both passionate about good beer and lagers with very different tastes. Since 2014, they have showcased quality beers from microbreweries at The Edge at Cropredy festival in mid-August. In 2019, 17 breweries including Swamp Bog, Two Cocks and Saviour were featured at the event which raises funds for Dogs for Good, a national assistance dogs charity based in Banbury. Now, with Two Cocks and Swamp Bog both brewed at the farm but catering to slightly different markets as separate companies, they are able to reach a wider audience and promote Berkshire as a centre of brewing excellence.
The core Swamp Bog beer range steers slightly away from normal styles. It comprises:
Pixie Piss, the original and popular 5% ABV IPA brewed for The Edge at Cropredy. An alternative label / pumpclip is available for this beer with the name Pixie Pee;
Edge Hopper, a 4.2% golden ale based on a family recipe with added honey;
Bottom Biter, a 3.6% copper coloured session ale and
The Ferryman’s Brew, a 5% dark Schwarzbier.
Needing extra time to mature, the 4.8% lager – Baba Laga – will stand out with its red colour and be released in the spring.
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