New Brews

Time to get Mild…!

18382706_1636537389722231_1940163154260525056_nMaggs’ Magnificent Mild, our latest new additon to the fridges, is one for the traditionalist beer drinker as well as those crafty folk who like to tip their hat to the old way of doing things. It is also the latest addition to our canon of award winning brews having just landed a silver in the GBBF Champion Beer of Britain Mild Category no less. Full of roast malt flavours coupled with a smooth mouth feel and gentle sweetness it is a silky drink indeed.

The term “mild” originally meant young beer, as opposed to “stale” aged beer with its resulting “tang”. It is a style of beer that originated in Britain in the 17th century or earlier and therefore is one of the oldest styles. It has a predominantly malty palate. Modern mild ales are mainly dark coloured due to the use of well-roasted malts or barley and are less hopped than bitters, often with a chocolatey character with nutty and burnt flavours.  Alcohol by volume (ABV) of 3% to 3.8% are usual, although there are (as always) exceptions!

Once sold in every pub, mild experienced a sharp decline in popularity after the 1960s and was in danger of completely disappearing. However, in recent years the explosion of microbreweries has led to a modest renaissance and an increasing number of milds are now being brewed.

If you prefer a malty taste and not all the explosively hoppy beers around then give this a crack!

West Berkshire Brewery

New Brews

An award winning beery lovechild is here…

We now stock bottles of the super tasty Red Eye Pale Ale, a collaboration brew from our friends at Renegade Brewery and their friends Farmageddon Brewery in Northern Ireland

Packed with Columbus, Galaxy and Centennial hops this hoppy Red IPA begins with big aromas of burnt orange and passion-fruit followed by sweet malt flavours and a dry resinous finish. Full-on with bags of flavour it is unfiltered so has a nice haze on it that gives the red colour a really menacing air.

Red-Eye-2This hook-up began with a bit of a “swipe right” at Craft Beer Rising last year between the intrepid brewers at Renegade, and their counterparts at Farmageddon. After bloodshot eyes met over a “few” pints at the event and a subsequent exchange of hoppy love notes a genuine beery bromance was born. The result of this was a bromantic break at the Farmageddon brewery in Northern Ireland for the Renegade boys that led to this hoppy beast of an IPA love-child. We are told a lot of fun was had and a lot of beer “sampled”.

Amazingly, the Farmageddon crew entered the beer straight into the Belfast Beer Festival, fresh into its kegs, and it only went and won Champion Beer of All Ireland!! Amazing what can happen with a drunken idea at a beer event…


Christmas Music Quiz Champs Crowned

quiz-champsSo, last week the chaps from The Swindon Shuffle resurrected the classic old  Songs of Praise Christmas Music Quiz. We had a blast as did the teams and the guys. So much so in fact, that their quizzes may become a more regular thing so watch this space!

Winners were the boffins of Heavens Knows We’re Quizzerable Now (Pictured with beardies Ed and Paj from The Shuffle) who walked away with a mini-keg of Good Old Boy Best Bitter courtesy of our friends at West Berkshire Brewery and a bottle of Hayman’s Gin with a slab of Fever Tree tonic that we supplied. All competing teams took away a pack of craft beers courtesy of the legends at Renegade Brewery, who also provided some extras for the best team name – “The Swindon Swingers Club Christmas Party”. Huge thanks to our hosts and sponsors as well as all of the teams who competed. We managed to raise a healthy £80 for Swindon Homeless Shelter.