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Argh!!! No time to Post, November/December Round up

Sorry but I have let time slip by me again as I haven’t had chance to post updates!

We had the Melwood Beer Company’s Halloween Shakedown on 1st November and it was another resounding success.Β  You can read the review over on our website here: www.melwoodbeer.co.uk with pics and band info.

Otherwise it’s been really full on busy at Melwood (it’s never anything else!) Stan has been brewing and he’s produced a smoked Porter which he’s named ‘Old Hall Porter’ and a new beer, called ‘Discovery’ using Nelson Sauvin hops.Β  We think Stan might have got a bit used to the smoked malt though as everything he’s brewed is slightly smoky now!! Not smoky in a bad way of course and I think it reflects the time of year that we are in; a time of bonfires and raging firesides.

So Christmas or rather, Yuletide, is upon us and we have been madly bottling to put out some gift packs etc and to supply our lovely supporters with stocks over the festive season.

We have a few irons in the fire as well, so to speak, with some exciting collaborations coming in the new year which should see Melwood grow and expand as the year progresses.

I hope everyone has a great Yuletide and festive time and this blog will be back in the New Year.

You can find me/us @mrsmelwoodbeer or @melwoodbeerco on Twitter or on The Melwood Beer Company Facebook page in the meantime. Thanks for all the support over 2014 and Bring on 2015!!

Bottoms Up! πŸ™‚

 

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Hop Walk Worcestershire

So after an eventful weekend MrMelwood and I headed off to Worcestershire for the annual Hop Walk at Stocks Farm in Suckley. This event is organised by Charles Faram & Co and Stocks Farm owners Richard & Ali Capper.
MrMelwood was attending a hop training day the day before the hop walk so we decided to travel down on the Monday night. We booked a hotel in Great Malvern and I had plans to mosey round the sights and attractions there whilst MrMelwood went on his training day as there was only one place available. No problem for me I had a good time by myself looking around Malvern. Although it’s only a small town there’s an old Priory and a museum and a few independent shops to look round and the weather was amazing.
MrMelwood returned buzzing about the training day. Mr Melwood thought it was a brilliant training day; he learned lots and really enjoyed himself by all accounts. Hopefully this will make us better brewers – when he passes his knowledge on to me – and we’ll make better beers made with more English Hops.

So on to the Hop Walk day….
I think this event was held on the hottest day of the year! Oh my giddy aunt it was hot! But it was glorious!
The event was held in a huge marquee which needed to have the sides opened up due to the heat. There was a lovely lunch laid on and beers-a-plenty for tasting!
Presentations from the guys at Charles Faram and Ali Capper et al were interesting and informative and the overall message was received loud and clear – WE NEED TO USE BRITISH HOPS! We need to support the hop growers in this country, simple. It’s something MrMelwood have been trying to do since we started and although a number of our beers are made with American Hops, if these can be grown in OUR country then all the better for us!

After the presentations we were free to go on the Hop Walk. Basically walking round Stocks farm looking at the hop growing process and the hops in the field. Despite the heat and the dust (my feet were filthy!) we had a great time seeing it all in action and as the pictures show me and MrMelwood got pretty redfaced……..Picture 1338 Hop Fields or Fields of Hope?!

Picture 1349 Mr Melwood in his element!

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The Hop Picking Machine!
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The cooling room! Cool? I think not!Picture 1354
Picture 1355RED FACE!Hop field

If you would like to contact Charles Faram who supply us with our hops here is their website:
http://charlesfaram.co.uk/

and Stocks Farm, Suckley can be contacted via http://www.stocksfarm.net/

Thank you to both for your hospitality and interesting presentations.

BUY BRITISH HOPS!!!!

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