Redscar Brewery

On Sunday some of the Beer Blog team arranged to meet at a microbrewery called Redscar. In a nutshell it’s a brewery in the cellar of the Cleveland Hotel In Redcar, run by the Hotel’s owner Chris, who is a really nice bloke and was only too happy to show us around. The brewery is a proper little microbrewery – nothing flash or fancy – just one small mash tun, a couple of 400 litre fermentation tanks and a cold storage room. Chris brews 4 beers: Sands, Pier, Rocks and Beach. They all use the same basic recipe but tweaked with different malts and mash times to give them their own character. I get the impression that Redscar brewery really is built on a love of making good beer. While an amount of commercial success has meant the brewery...

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BrewDog: 77 Lager (4.9%)

I recently ordered some Zeitgeist from Brewdog using their 70% discount code, I thought it would also be a good chance to reduce the postage and order some 77 Lager and some Dogma. 77 Lager is BrewDog’s attempt at making a lager that actually tastes of something. It’s brewed with 100% malt and fresh hops. The first thing you notice (other than the cool bottle) is the colour of the lager. It’s a lot deeper and more amber than ‘normal’ lagers. It has a decent head and a fair amount of carbonation, it’s not got a lot of body but then you wouldn’t expect a lager to have that. 77 is surprisingly hoppy and light with a nice crisp finish; it is definitely one to drink chilled and something you could sup a fair few of, its not...

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Marstons: Ashes Ale (4.1%)

I saw this when doing the weekly shop, so snuck it into the trolley as I’m a sucker for new ales. I wasn’t expecting it to be great for £1, but thought I’d save it to watch with the cricket as seen as it’s name is cricket related. The label says it’s an easy drinking pale ale, crafted using the finest English hops. It’s definitely light and drinkable – it smells and looks very light with a hint of hoppy spiciness. It tastes quite crisp, almost lager like buy with a nice hoppy tingle. At £1 I think it’s a decent beer, not sure I’d pay much more for it though. Marstons Own Tasting Notes: Marston’s Ashes Ale is back for 2009. This is a very easy drinking light coloured pale ale at 4.1% ABV, is brewedwith...

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Cropton Brewery & The New Inn

After a lovely 18 mile walk round the Hole of Horcum and the Bridestones we decided that, as we were so close to Cropton, it would be rude not to call in for a quick pint at The New Inn. I’ve been a big fan of the Cropton Brewery’s bottled beers for a few years now and I usually have one or two in my cupboard. For those who aren’t familiar with Cropton Brewery, it’s a small craft brewery on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. It’s been open for over 17 years (but brewing in Cropton goes back hundreds of years) and has a restaurant and pub attached called The New Inn. It is situated in the village of Cropton, a lovely little village set in stunning surroundings. The pub is well decorated and also allows dogs which is a real bonus to...

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BrewDog Special Offer

Thought I’d give the readers of Beer Blog a quick heads up on a post I noticed on another blog, the guys over @ blog o beer have been tipped off by James @ BrewDog about a special offer. You can read all about it here but, to sum it up, they are offering a whopping 70% off their Zeitgeist black lager if you purchase it from the Zeitgeist website using the code “SHEEP”, apparently it only works on the Zeitgeist website not the BrewDog one so get yourself over to www.zeitgeistbeer.com and give it a whirl.About the AuthorAndy Mogg is a Chilli nut, lover of real beer and homebrew, Spends his working life building websites and enjoy’s nothing more than trying new beer or climbing big hills Follow Andy on...

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