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Lockdown Blog #5: Hops

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Lockdown Blog #5: Hops

Hops. We’ve become a bit obsessed with the hops we’re growing in pots outside the office windows, just nicknamed “Spud and Renton” by one of our customers. But though we’re loving seeing the plants grow – sometimes by as much as three centimetres a day - this variety is not what most people think of as the ‘real’ deal. It's a specially-bred, dwarf or hedgerow variety called "Prima Donna" that we’re growing in our beer garden primarily for decoration and shade, though we will definitely try brewing with it once mature, because this tiny hop apparently packs a big flavour punch (rich, citrus character, flavours of orange peel and...

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Help Keith name our new summer beer

Help Keith name our new summer beer

Help Keith name our new summer beer and win one of four, 5-litre, mini casks!

Brewed this week, it’s a beautifully aromatic,  5.5% Pale Ale with lush citrus tones coming from the Mosaic hops that we’ve used in the boil and also for dry hopping.

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Lockdown Blog #4: Think local, shop local, drink local

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Lockdown Blog #4: Think local, shop local, drink local

It means a lot to all of us at Bellfield to be part of a vibrant, local ecosystem of other breweries, pubs, shops and small businesses. The pandemic has thrown that solidarity into even sharper focus and encouraged it to blossom.  We’re more interdependent than ever as neighbours, businesses and communities. Since the start of Lockdown, not a week has gone by without us finding another local partner, many of them food and drink businesses that have pivoted to offering online purchase and delivery services, as a way of trying to survive, protect jobs and keep their wonderful staff and...

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Lockdown Blog #3 - Keg or Cask beer?

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Lockdown Blog #3 - Keg or Cask beer?

Keg or Cask? Which do you prefer? It’s a bit like asking whether you like salt and sauce on your chips or if you prefer salt and vinegar. Each has its strong advocates. And there’s plenty of people who are not entirely sure of the difference between cask and keg beer and if one is supposed to be the ‘real thing’ while the other isn’t quite authentic. Cask beer was considered to be the connoisseur’s choice in the UK, but over the years it became less popular with publicans, as it has a shorter shelf life than kegged beer and...

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The craft of lager

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The craft of lager

We think nothing beats an ice-cold lager on a summer’s day provided it’s been brewed with skill and patience. Our Craft Lager won ‘Gold’ in last week’s Free From Food Awards 2020 so we thought you might like to know a bit more about what goes into making an award-winning lager.  Standard lager still accounts for around 70% of the beer drunk in the UK, but increasingly consumers are moving away from the industrially produced, fizzy stuff that’s piled high and sold cheap in supermarkets and choosing premium options - craft and ‘world’ lagers. The 'lager' style is often associated with continental beers. ...

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