Single Hop Series: No. 5 Single Hop Centennial

The Single Hop Series allows us to showcase our creativity within the constraints of using a single hop. So far we have got our creative side on with Chinook, Amarillo, Nelson Sauvin and Citra. With these hops, we've respectively produced an Imperial Best Bitter, Belgian IPA, Saison and even a Pilsner. So this time around we thought we better go big: big on flavour, big on aroma and big on ABV.



But which hop did we decide to play around with for the 5th brew of the series? We hadn't needed to look far since we went with a hop you will find in many of our beers, particularly our specials. We decided to give Centennial, one of our favourite hops here at Weird Beard, centre stage. It's both big on flavour and aroma and to 'tick the box' on a high ABV beer, we simply chose the style of a double I.P.A.  



Here we give you Single hop Centennial: packed full of all the citrus and floral notes you would expect, with a healthy bitterness and malt back bone to back it up. It's available to order and you can generally sip it up in bottle and keg. Excitingly, today, the only cask of this beer made to-date, is available to drink at Craft 100Craft Beer Co Clapham.


Hope to see you there!


Sadako Imperial Stout

Back in July 2014 we released the dark, rich monster that is Sadako: our first imperial stout, onto the world. The beer was originally held back at the brewery for just under 4 months, as we never want to release a beer that we don't believe is ready. We were small and naive back then, and in hindsight feel we let her out into the wild a little early. We had simply run out of room at the brewery and we got a tad bored of moving the pallet around each day. The beer tasted good so we thought we would release it. It generally went down well, but it soon became very clear that it was still improving as it got older. By the time it had sold out, and there were very few bottles still ingaround, it was tasting fantastic!

The next batch was brewed in early September 2014 and packaged in October. Since then, we have acquired ourselves more warehouse space, where we can stick a pallet in a dark quiet corner and forget about it. For the last 6 months, batch 2 of Sadako has been lurking in the depths of the Weird Beard warehouse, watching, waiting for its chance to make a bid for freedom. Now the time has come, the video has been watched, the phone has rung and Sadako will climb out of her box. Are we getting all of these Ring references?
Sadako currently appears on our brew schedule at least 3 times a year. You can tell when we brew it as another of our favourites, Dark Hopfler, comes out of the same brew day. But we will be pre-ageing each batch of Sadako for at least 6 months before pulling it out, waxing, and releasing it. Even if only to make sure we are presenting head brewer Bryan's favourite beer at its best. It has been a long wait between batch 1 and 2, but we hope you find it has been worthwhile. Infact you can rest easy knowing that in that dark corner of the warehouse, there is yet more Sadako waiting for its time to come and get you.
A portion of each batch also goes into barrels. There is no pre-determined time scale on these; when we decide they are ready, they are ready. So you can look forward to seeing Heaven Hill, Jack Daniel's, Jim Beam, Red Wine and Tequila barrel aged versions of our flagship imperial stout coming your way at some point. We may even redo the Ardbeg aged version, but I wouldn't hold my breath....

The Bottle Shop Collaboration Brew

For the past year we have done monthly pop-ups at the Bottle Shop Arch at Druid Street and it has been an all-round wonderful experience. Not only did these bring us closer to the thriving beer community of Bermondsey, but we've built a particularly strong relationship with the team behind the Bottle Shop. We've had many immensely enjoyable Saturdays working alongside them in their space. So when we were approached by our friends from there, Andrew and Ben, to take our working relationship to a new level, we didn't hesitate. Together we've made a beer with other breweries that have 'popped-up' at or are friends of the Bottle Shop, which will be launched at Arch this coming Saturday.

"You taste better when you are scared"; is a Tart Grapefruit IPA, collaboratively brewed with Marble and Bullfinch breweries earlier this year. The idea behind the brew is itself an interesting concept; here we have three breweries working together under the umbrella of another aspiring scheme from the Bottle Shop.



The beer was brewed at our brewery in West London on Friday 13th February. The date, coupled with the  interesting beer which we will divulge later, provided inspiration for the name and the Jason style hockey mask theme for our Lup'in Skull. 


  
So what beer has been born from the minds at the Bottle Shop, Bullfinch, Marble and ourselves? Well, together we've created an I.P.A with a load of Cascade and Chinook hops in the kettle and fermenter. This isn't a scary sort of recipe these days however, and this is where you should be listening attentively, we added 100Kg of acidulated malt into the mash. Using this kind of malt was a first time experience for Weird Beard: both for Gregg, who assisted in the recipe-writing of our collaboration and Bryan, who brought the beer gasping to life on the brewday. Matt Howgate (Marble) and Ryan McLean (Bullfinch) were also contributors to drawing up the recipe and executing the brew.






In concocting this brew, we thought that if we are taking you out of your comfort zone, we'd do it a little bit more. On top of the sour malt, we added a lot of fresh grapefruit juice at the fermentation phase for an extra sharp spike of flavour. The beer both tantalises and shocks your taste-buds with its zesty-ness. You expect it, you know it's there but you go for the sip and it is still frightfully juicy and tart. That being said, it entices you to keep on drinking it.



Our beer is now ready and so we invite you to come to its launch party. Weird Beard's Gregg, Marble's Matt and Bullfinch's Ryan will all be present at the launch, which will be held at the Bottle Shop Arch. Come along, we dare ya!

Weird Beard and Brodie’s Collaborative Brew “WEIRD BROdMANCE”

There is a lot of talk about what makes "craft beer", craft. The lack of definition and the daunting challenge of doing so means any way of epitomising it is vague, contrived and often controversial. Something that is evident amongst people in the industry however, is that when it comes to the craft beer scene, everyone inspires respects and collaborates with those deserving of it. In the macro-beer world and between The Beer Giants, sadly there isn’t that same camaraderie. Stone Brewing has quite beautifully described the relationship between compatriots in the craft field as “a ‘collaboration not competition’ mindset, a constant alliance and source of inspiration”. When we were met with an opportunity to work with Brodie’s, we obviously did not say no. Besides, head brewer Jonny Bright, from Brodie’s and our Bryan have known each other from before they were making beer. It was only a matter of time that they would cross paths over a mash tun to brew together. Here’s the story...




On a mid December morning, Bryan tweeted Jonny: “I can’t see you mate” to which Jonny replied: “I’m in a van outside opposite Yeoman” and on that congenial note the brewday had begun. 




Come 9.30am, we had mashed in and both Bryan and Jonny enthusiastically mixed the grains into water for our East-meets-West collab brew. 





The day was a fairly long one but in the company of brewers, friends and beer it was thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying. Indeed, collaborations tend to be really great experiences for everyone involved. They offer opportunities for bouncing ideas and learning from one another, these are important and necessary for developing skills and generating concepts or altering perspectives. Ideas and the beers born from just get better! This is particularly ‘eye-opening’ as a brewer in the confines of his own kit. Then there is the fun aspect. Brewers simply love to brew and getting two of them together on a brewday, well, there’s a kind of romance you can’t knock and so this inspired the name of our beer.




So what was it that we made? Between us, we decided on a strong beer: one to savour and one to share. In some ways this transcends our attitude towards the industry we work in where brewers strive, independently but also together to increase awareness and accessibility of quality beer out there. Good beer is best enjoyed in good company and that spirit is then passed on. For example we have "Whale Wednesdays" at Weird Beard, which involves the team collecting after work midweek, each contributing a beer from their personal bottle collections, sharing, reviewing and having a whale of a time! The beer we made is one for that sort of occasion. 



Our beer was a mash-up of some of our own favourite recipes: think Weird Beard’s Sadako and all the best traits of a Brodie’s impy stout. This means it is big on the hops, big on sweetness and deliciously more-ish. In light of the festive season, we chose maple syrup instead of molasses to thicken the brew. With the maple syrup added to the boil and during fermentation, we emphasised the candied sugar qualities of the chocolate, amber and crystal malts used. You can also expect caramel, spice and some vanilla from it. 




Since we dictated the malt ingredients, we had Jonny decide on the hops. He suggested Galena, an American hop that rises to the occasion when used for bittering in bolder or darker beers. Together we came up with a hop schedule that ensured the beer would have a sufficiently crisp pine and wood essence to cleanly contrast, but also balance the sweetness of the malt backbone. To smoothen it up even more, we added lactose. We needn’t say it, but a lot of thought was put into brewing this lavishing imperial stout and it was made ardently, with passion from both sides.  


We made the beer, now for you to indulge in WEIRD BROdMANCE! Wwill be launching our collaborative beer on cask, keg and in bottle at the Hop & Berry, London in March. Limited stock will be available thereafter for your enjoyment.

Little Things That Kill - re-invented

Little Things That Kill was one of our biggest sellers last year. We admit it also caused us and a lot of our loyal customers the most problems.


The idea was to make a low ABV beer with some balls; a beer crammed full of flavour but more importantly with the body to support it.

We originally made this beer unlike any other pale ale by approaching
 it as if it were a stout. When we make beer, we steep the grains in water and it is the water's temperature that makes a difference in the types of sugars produced. This is "mashing". Certain types of sugars are more fermentable than others; they are easier to convert to alcohol. Most pale beers will be mashed somewhere between 60-65 degrees Centigrade to produce sugars that are easily fermented. With stouts, we want unfermentable sugars, which when left give stouts their thick, luxurious body and mouthfeel as well as the higher calorie count.


Little Things That Kill was mashed at the highest temperature we dared (+70 degrees. Centigrade.)  This was to produce more unfermentable sugars, making the beer a little more chewy and sessionable. This did work to an extent, but not as we had hoped. We made a lot of unfermentable sugars, giving the beer the desired body, but we also made hard-to-ferment sugars. This meant our beer appeared finished and ready to bottle, when in fact it wasn't.

Those of us who can't afford expensive bottling
 lines use carbon dioxide, the very helpful by-product of fermentation to bottle condition our beers. To do this, we leave a small amount of yeast and a very controlled quantity of sugar in the beer, called "priming". This allows the beer to go through secondary fermentation in the bottle, cask or keg. (Yes, I did say we condition our beer in the keg and so, yes our kegs are 'real ale'!)

The problem with Little Things was that the beer was conditioned, as normal, with
 the sugar we prime with. Unexpectedly, gradually over time the yeast converted the extra, harder-to-ferment sugars in the beer also, leading to overcarbonated and unpourable beer. For these problems, we are very sorry and we faced the difficult decision to stop brewing Little Things That Kill.




However, we love the brand so much and couldn't let it go. How could we really?! Not only does it have a cool skull logo, it happens to be named after a song by a, maybe-not-so-classic, British band that head brewer Bryan loves. We can understand that people may shy away from giving it another try, but we have made changes.

We took a step back: came at the beer from a totally different
 angle and have breathed new life into the Little Things That Kill brand. We still mash high, but not nearly as high. We still approach it as a stout, by adding ingredients you normally find in darker beers. This time around we used generous amounts of wheat, oats and lactose to give a silky, fuller mouthfeel with better head retention. We appreciate these changes affect some people: those with wheat or lactose intolerances and vegans. We are sorry for this but we want Little Things That Kill to live. We have not compromised on hops though. The first of this new batch is stuffed full of Mosaic, Amarillo and Cascade in both the boil and dry hop stages. The result? We have a full bodied hoppy monster of a beer at a sub 4% ABV, making it the perfect session beer.

We may continue to tweak the recipe though the batches, along with our usual
 changing up of the hops each time, so please do let us know what you think. We ask you to give it one more chance.

Bottle Shop Pop-Up 7th February

Yes, it's that time again for us to announce our Bottle Shop Pop-Up Bar is back on the 7th February. However this is the last of our monthly popups there. Before you get too upset,  we will be returning every other month and will be back in April and so on...




On that note, make sure you come down to this event because you won't be seeing us next month and we're making sure we're bringing our A* game to make up for our absence. Not only that but we're bringing our celebrations for the 2nd anniversary of our first ever brew to the Bottle Shop! The super special beers we will be serving are to be announced shortly here. Keep your eyes peeled for other updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Bryan's back for this popup which means our awesome Weird Beard Fruit Machine will be there to play. He'll be joined by Natasha on our bar upstairs where we will have 4 of our beers on draft. Bottle Shop Ben has also requested Natasha's beer truffles and since we cant keep her out of the kitchen when she's not in the brewery, they will be there. The rest of the Bottle Shop team will be serving other beer on draft and in bottle and cans downstairs, so you won't be out of tasty choices. Trust us, there is so much good stuff to drink...always. 

We will have merchandise on sale, which includes our t-shirts at £15 and our branded, stemmed glassware at £3. Another piece of useful info, is that we now accept card payments.

See you at the party!



Bottle Shop Pop-Up 3rd January

It may be a new year but we're still promising you our first Saturday of the month pop up bar at the Bottle Shop this coming weekend. Please don't be making any resolutions that'll stop you from a) having great beer and b) having beer-baked carrot cake. Yes you heard us right, THERE WILL BE CAKE!


This time around, Gregg and Natasha will be seeing to your beery needs upstairs. As always, there's plenty of beer by yours truly on our bar as well as the Bottle Shop team's downstairs. We will be serving K*ntish Town Beard, Sorachi Faceplant and the ludicrously tasty, The Hanging Bat collaboration brew: Rye Smile.

Read more about the tap-list from our "what's on the bar?" blog.


We will also have some t-shirts for sale at £15 and limited stock of our beautifully branded glassware at £3. The holidays may be coming to an end but we sure don't want you feeling blue about it.


Looking forward to seeing you there!

Winter Open Days Round-Up


10 days ago, we officially opened the doors of our brewery, inviting people to come see the Weird Beard setup and drink our beers on the grounds where they are made. This had been long overdue since we've been based in Hanwell from the start, almost 2 years running. At the same time, the idea of getting people to venture here, off the beaten track of Craft Beer in London, seemed like a stretch. With Christmas around the corner and an otherwise uneventful weekend in the diary, we decided to do it and boy are we glad we did!


On the Friday, Gregg rigged up the shutter to the Boston Business Park warehouse where we've hidden ourselves and on the dot of opening friends, beer geeks and beer enthusiasts poured into the brewery. On the Sunday we expected a quieter affair; instead the brewery was full to the brim with locals, CAMRA members and tradespeople, as well as a similarly wonderful crowd to the previous day. Bryan, the brewer in that night, and the rest of our team were relentless in efforts to keep the beer pouring for those who eagerly and repeatedly queued into the road outside. Seriously though, thank you for bearing with us if you did. We're still amazed at the turn out and flattered by the feedback and reviews for both Friday and Sunday. Indeed, we've been asked when are our next Open Days and we promise they'll be a regular fixture in the new year.


If you missed out on it all: the beers (bottle, draft or truffle form), chatting with the brewers, seeing our newly expanded kit and partaking in the fun pay more attention here next time! At least we have some snaps (some ours and some from attendees) for you that capture the vibe of the events. Sadly these photos do not capture, if we can say so ourselves, the epic punk or rock'n'roll playlists we had on and the magnanimous enjoyment shared. Particularly with more locals stopping down on the Sunday, we deemed the event a success in community-building. We also managed to raise over £200 in Charity Pours and donations for Alice's Youth Music Memorial Fund. For who anyone remotely knows us, we value music as much as we value great beer. Knowing our Open Days and brewery's taproom debut could contribute to a project that brings music to young people, is an added perk to what was an amazing time.


Many thanks to all those who helped spread the word, those who trekked over to us, came and drank, came and danced and to everyone who added to the fun. Here's to very happy holidays!




Weird Beard Winter Open Days


As the holidays are fast approaching, we here at Weird Beard Brew Co wanted to throw a little party since it is the season for it. Nothing fancy since we're just a couple of brewers but the brewery doors will be open to the public and beer will be flowing from the taps on the afternoons of the 12th and 14th December.

This is our first official take on Open Days so we are very excited for the events. With a choice of two days to make it over, there is plenty of opportunity to come on down. Do come meet and greet both the brewers and the team, ogle at our new fermentation vessels, sample some of our brews and be craft beer merry! We will have draught and bottled beer for sale, with 50p of all draught sales going towards the Youth Music Memorial Fund for Alice Gross. We hope these events not only give people an opportunity to see where we work and what we do, but to also better establish us and all that is craft beer within our local community.

There will be food and there will be beer to be bought and consumed on site. We have ordered the most delicious, home-made Scotch eggs and sausage rolls from Pig & Hay including veggie options for the occasion. Even if we look forward to drinking with you for the entire afternoon, we will have bottles available for take-away purchases. Watch this space for updates on the beer line-up, no doubt we have some new and limited brews reserved for the dates!

Stumped for Christmas presents? We'll have a selection of merchandise including t-shirts, hoodies, glassware and gift-packs available for sale. Oh, and we're pretty into our music here so expect decent tunes and generally an awesome time to be had all round.












Bottle Shop Pop-Up Bar 6th December








It's nearing the first Saturday of the month again but we say that without monotony. We will be back at the Bottle Shop to make sure you have your beer fixes before the year is out. Come say "Hey!" to Head Brewer Bryan and our new(ish) Event Coordinator, Natasha. They will be serving beers upstairs whilst the Bottle Shop team will have a couple of our brews on draught downstairs. Adding to that, the Bottle Shop has amazing stuff for you to buy as holiday gifts and we'll be bringing along t-shirts for sale so you can drink beer whilst getting some Christmas shopping done. If that isn't tempting enough (seriously, what is wrong with you?!?!) we have lined-up our favourite and latest brews for the occasion.


It's really going to be a treat, but don't take our word for it, read more about the special tap-list from our "what's on the bar?" blog.





Bottle Shop Residency number 1 - 1st November 2014

As hinted in previous posts we now have a residency at the Bottle shop on the first Saturday of every month. We will be upstairs serving from 4 taps, always (we hope) with some kind of rarity for you to be interested in. So come find us at

The bottle Shop
128 Druid St
London
SE1 2HH

Between 12noon and 6pm.

Saturday 1st November between 12:00 and 18:00 we will be serving

Dark Hopfler                                 2.6%   - Hoppy Dark Milk ale (#1 ratebeer Low alcohol beer)
Mariana Trench                             5.1%  - Transpacific Pale ale
Out of Office                                 7.0%   - IPA with Coffee
Something Something Darkside      9.4% - A strong black beery thing...


Halloween Tap Takeover

This coming weekend is Halloween, and we love Halloween, what with all the skulls and such. So to celebrate, we have teamed up with the guys at Craft Beer Co. Covent Garden for a one night extravaganza. We collected together pretty much every beer we had, and shipped them down to the West End. There is enough to keep everyone happy here, with many of the beers being served on both casks and keg, making it the perfect time try them side by side. Many of our occasional and season beers will also be available, along with a couple of one off versions of a classic.


We encourage you to embrace the holiday, and come in fancy dress. We will even be offering up prizes for the best costume.

Both Gregg and Bryan from the brewery will be heading down. See if you can spot them in their costumes.

The full list of beers on offer can be found below. We will be announcing the full list over the coming week.

Cask

1   Mariana Trench - Pale Ale - 5.1%
2   K*ntish Town Beard - American Wheat Ale - 5.9%
3   Hit The Lights - IPA - 5.9%
4   Five O'Clock Shadow - IPA - 7%
5   Black Perle - Milk Coffee Stout - 3.8%
6   Decadence (chilli) - Stout - 5.6%
7   Out Of Office - Coffee IPA - 7%
8   Hive Mind - Honey Red - 5.4%
9   Dark Hopfler - 2.5%
10 Decadence (vanilla) - Stout - 5.6%

Keg

11   Mariana Trench - Pale Ale - 5.1%
12   K*ntish Town Beard - American Wheat Ale - 5.9%
13   Hit The Lights - IPA - 5.9%
14   Five O'clock Shadow - IPA - 7%
15   Black Perle - Coffee Milk Stout - 3.8%
16   Decadence - Stout - 5.6%
17   Fade To Black Black - Black IPA - 6.5%
18   Hacienda - Black Saison with orange - 6.9%
19   Heaven & Hell batch 4 - BA-DIPA - 9.6%
20   Holy Hoppin' Hell batch 5 - DIPA - 9.2%
21   Heaven & Hell batch 5 - BA-DIPA - 9.2%
22   Sadako - Imperial Stout - 9.2%
23   Sadako Heaven Hill - BA  Imperial Stout - 9.2%
24   Sadako Ardbeg - BA Imperial Stout - 9.2%
25   Out Of Office - Coffee IPA - 7%
26   Bearded Nurse Ardbeg - BA Barley Wine - 10.2%
27   Something Something Darkside - Black IPA -9.4%
28   Something Something Barrel Aged - BA Black IPA -9.4%
29   Hive MInd - Honey Red - 5.4%
30   Little Things That Kill batch 9 - Hoppy Session - 3.7%

Bonus Keg line will be our collaboration with Northern Monk

31  Blue Habit - Blueberry Saison - 6%

Out Of Office Coffee IPA

Guest post from our brewery assistant Andrew Drinkwater:

For the past six weeks I've been learning firsthand about the differences between homebrewing and the world of commercial beer as a brewery assistant at Weird Beard. It's been extremely hard work but also very rewarding - the bruises, scaldings, thermal burns, chemical burns, cuts, grazes and acid swallowing was all worth it when drinking a cask of something I'd been involved in from brew to packaging.


One of the privileges of the past few weeks has been to design and brew a new beer with my fellow brewery assistant, Chris Taylor. Together with his partner Emma, Chris is one of the country's most talented homebrewers, and has been working part-time at Weird Beard for the past few months in addition to his full-time job. We've homebrewed together a few times, but it's been a lot more fun working with a kit 72 times bigger!

Out of Office Lu'pin - inspired by Chris!

The idea for our beer came from my previous job. My old team drank a lot of fantastic coffee from the roasters at Hasbean - in particular, their blueberry-packed Yirgacheffe Naturals from Ethiopia. I brought my last pack of beans into the brewery on my first day, and while drinking it with Chris, we came up with the idea of brewing a Coffee IPA in the mould of Kernel's long-lost Suke Quto IPA

Chris came up with a killer mix of Chinook and Amarillo hops to provide tropical fruit and some complexity, and Mosaic hops, both as a steep and dry hop, to complement the blueberry notes from the coffee. We wanted to aim for a very pale, clean and dry beer to let the hops and coffee sing, so the malt bill is very simple, with 95% pale with a little bit of wheat.

We added the coffee in three different ways - crushed in the underback, fresh French Press coffee added directly to the wort, and several kilos added to the fermenter along with the dry hops. We did almost manage to completely ruin an FV with the amount of hops and coffee beans we threw into it - but we think it was worth it. In lieu of a grinder, here I am smacking it up ready for the underback:


We're really proud of the final beer - it's 7% ABV, very pale, and has all the bitterness of an IPA but with the aroma and flavour profile of a good cup of coffee made from a freshly roasted delivery from Hasbean. We've called our beer Out of Office, to reflect our 'part-time' nature and to indemnify the guys at Weird Beard if you don't like it! 

The first keg of Out of Office is going to be on the bar at my leaving party at Brewdog Shepherds Bush on Saturday 18th October, along with a couple of other Weird Beard rarities like Hive Mind (which has been reformulated for 2014) and the much-vaunted low-alcohol Dark Hopfler. Hope to see you there!

Bottle Shop Bermondsey bar 20/09

After the success of the pop up bar we held with Bottle Shop down in Bermondsey as part of last months London Beer Week, we have been invited back.

So come join us this Saturday between 12:00 and 18:00 at

128 Druid St
London
SE1 2HH  

To enjoy the following beers on tap.

Little Things That Kill               3.8%   - Czech hop inspired session IPA
Black Perle                            3.8%  - Milk coffee stout (contains lactose)
K*ntish Town Beard                5.9%   - American style wheat pale ale
Bearded Nurse BA Macallan  10.2% - Barley Wine aged in Macallan Whisky barrels.
    (We did promise Ardbeg barrel aged, but do to unforeseen issues we had to swap)

We hope to make this a regular monthly thing, so keep an eye out for future announcements. 


Double Perle - our 100th brew

When it came time to brew our 100th brew at Weird Beard Brew Co. we decided
we should do something special to celebrate. We threw around a few ideas of
interesting and some downright insane beers, but decided we didn't need to
venture too far from our roots and would brew a bigger version of one of our
core range.

Black Perle was an obvious choice, not only because people been requesting
we amp this one up for some time. It is one of our original beers that
pre-dates Weird Beard itself. Back in the days before Gregg Irwin and I
started the brewery and were just two home brewers giving out samples of
prototypes at bars and festivals, it was a firm favourite. A firkin of Black
Perle was the first beer we ever sold from the brewery and the beer we
debuted with. It is the first beer I ever bought in a bar that I had made. I
remember sitting anonymously at the bar watching and listening to people
enjoying it, so Black Perle will always have a special place in my heart.
 
 
 
Double Perle is essentially the same recipe as Black Perle with just a few
small tweaks and a lot less water. This concentrates all the flavours we
love, but makes it a bigger, more luxurious experience.

So here it is, our thank you to you for keeping our brewing aspirations
alive.

Bryan Spooner
Head Brewer

London Brewers Alliance Rising Stars - Tap Takeover and Meet the Brewers

If we are not all too beered out after London Beer week, our friends at BrewDog Camden have a great event lined up for this coming Saturday.

They have brought together some of the best up and coming breweries in London, and through out the day will have a selection of the best beers they have to offer. But not only will they have the beers from these breweries on, they will also have someone from the breweries at the bar to talk about what they are doing.

There are a total of 7 breweries taking part, some of which we had the pleasure of serving with at this years London Craft Beer Festival. We will officially be around between 5 and 7, but hope to be around to check out the other guys most of the day.

Rough timings for the event can be found below. But check out the official BrewDog event page, or the facebook event.

Hop Stuff: 12-1
Hammerton: 1-2
Five Points: 2-4
Orbit: 3-5
Brick: 4-6
Weird Beard: 5-7
Pressure Drop don't have anyone available sadly.

Bottle Shop pop-up bar

To celebrate the beginning of the first London beer Week, we will be hosting our very own, and first pop-up bar with our friends at The Bottle Shop Druid Street. 

128 Druid St
London
SE1 2HH  

We will be serving 4 beers on the mezzanine, while the usual great selection of bottles will be on sale down stairs, along with 2 Weird Beard beers on tap.

Gregg, Bryan and brewer Paul will all be there to chat with. We will also have Andy Parker from Elusive Brewing coming along to introduce our collaboration brew Lord Nelson, and to give away a few tasters of prototype beers he is working on.

It all kicks off at mid day until around 6pm. And the beers being serve are

Lord Nelson (Weird Beard, Elusive Brewing collab.) - 6.9% Farmhouse Ale
Little Things That Kill batch 8 – 3.5% Session IPA with Sorachi Ace, Summit & Apollo
Mariana Trench 5.3% - Pale Ale
Decadence – 5.4% Stout
Holy Hoppin' Hell – 9.6% IIPA with Amarillo, Centennial, Simcoe & Columbus
Sadako (BA Heaven Hill) – 9.2% Imperial Stout

Check out the LondonBeer City site for more details of great events going on all week.


Double beer launch at BrewDog Shepherds Bush

We don't often make a song and dance about new beers we release into the wild. But we have been sitting on 2 beers for a few months that we have decided are worth a bit of singing, maybe a little dance too. So we will be have a small party to celebrate these two amazing beers at BrewDog Shepherds Bush on Tuesday 1st July. 

We will be selecting the music on the night, and there will be a limited edition T shirt to buy as well. The T shirts are very limited stock, but we will be giving a some away to a lucky few. 

Bearded Nurse



This is a beer brewed back in March as a collaboration with our Swedish friends Electric Nurse. They had the malt bill for a killer barleywine, and we threw masses of our favorite hops at it, Pacific Gem and Amarillo. We also filled a MaCallen barrel and an Ardbeg barrel that we have hidden away for later. The resulting brew was a fantastic 10.2% barley wine that we just had to call Bearded Nurse.


Sadako Imperial Stout



A beer that won our head brewer Bryan awards back in his home brew days. With honey, molasses and freshly roasted coffee beans added to the boil this is a complex, lightly carbonated imperial stout weighing in at 9.2%. It was also a big part of brewing our light weight beer Dark Hopfler, so if this goes down well, we hope to brew them both again soon. We have also hidden some of this away in a Heaven Hill barrel and an Ardbeg barrel, so keep an eye out for them sometime too.

We will also have a few other beers on including a few rare specials. Unfortunately we can not guarantee all the beers will be on all night though. We will announce these beers as we get closer to the day.

Bourbon barrel aged Fade To Black coconut edition



Try saying that at the end of the night. This is the ultimate Weird Beard White whale. We took our black IPA and dry hopped it with roasted coconut, to make the limited edition fade To Black Coconut Edition, a sweeter more luxurious version of the original. But not happy with that, we decide to stick just 200 liters into a Heaven Hill barrel. The vanilla from the barrel plays perfectly with the slight sweetness from the coconut. This in one not to be missed.

Little Things That Kill batch 7



And for those of you who don't want to be sampling the higher ABV beers all night, we will be bringing along a couple of beers for you. First off is Little Things That kill batch 7. As you may know, this is a beer where we change the hops every batch. This time round we went with Southern Cross and Green Bullet from New Zeland, and the classic American Amarillo. Being just 3% ABV, this is a beer you can drink by the pint.

Black Perle



Also for those who may want a rest from the higher ABV beers, we will be bringing along our 'Coffee Milk Stout', Black Perle, at just 3.8%. What makes this a milk coffee stout? We add loads of lactose to the boil, which is unfermentable milk sugar, that brings the sweetness. We then age the beer on coffee beans before packaging. The beer is also single hopped with Perle hops from Germany, which for some people brings a slight milky taste. Due to the lactose, this is not one for the vegans, sorry guys.

Five O'clock Shadow



One of our core range, Five O'clock Shadow is our tilt of a hat to the classic American IPAs. Packed full of some of our favourite American hops, Summit, Citra, Apollo and Columbus, expect that familiar citrus and piny flavours that we have all grown to love.

Holy Hoppin' Hell


Just like with Little Things That Kill, we like to vary the hop line up on this beer each time we brew. But with this beer we like to go BIG. This is our double IPA, and is meant to be a slap in the face with hops, but this time with the slight warming alcohol to back it up. This is batch 4, and this time we crammed it full of Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial and Amarillo. Not for the faint hearted, but definitely one to sip.
 
Boring Brown Beer - Bourbon Barrel Aged




The first beer we ever brewed at Weird Beard, back in February 2013, was a beer called Single Hop Chinook. This comprised of Pale Malt, Special B and a f*@ktonne of Chinook. It was basically a really bitter brown beer. But with an ABV over 8%, it was hardly your standard English style bitter. On our 1 year anniversary we could think of nothing we would rather brew again, but this time we named it Boring Brown Beer, An Imperial Best Bitter. We also stuck some in a Heaven Hill Bourbon barrel, as you do, and this is the result.

That rounds off the list of beers for the event. Look forward to seeing you all there. 

Tap Take Over - Camden BrewDog 19th Feb

Come and join us at Camden BrewDog this coming Wednesday evening from 18:00 for our first Tap Takeover of the year. We will be bringing 10 different beers along for everyone to to get stuck into, with one also going through the hopinator.

Both Gregg and Bryan will be there on the night, along with the newest addition to the brewing team Dan, to talk you through the beers and generally have a good time.

On the back of being voted 5th Best New Brewery in the RateBeer Awards, and we will have been brewing for a year this week, we have plenty to celebrate. Emma, Camden manager, has agreed to allow us to select some music for the night, so expect to hear a bit of the inspiration behind some of the beers names. Along with all kinds of other treats.


There will also be a limited edition T-Shirt we had designed especially for the event. These are not for sale anywhere, but we will be giving away some on the night to a few lucky drinkers. 

So come along to Camden Brewdog from 18:00 on Wednesday 19th Feb to enjoy the below beers with the Weird Beard Team.

Little Things That Kill batch 3      - 3.4% 
K*ntish Town Beard                       - 5.2% 
Decadence Stout                              - 5.4% 
Mariana Trench                               - 5.5% 
Fade To Black                                   - 6.3% 
Five O'clock Shadow                       - 7% 
Bad Habit Barrel aged                    - 8.6% 
Something Something Dark Side - 9% 
Holy Hoppin Hell batch 3              - 9.6% 
Heaven & Hell                                  - 9.7%

RateBeer Best Awards 2013

We were very honored recently to be awarded 5th best new brewery on the world in the RateBeer Best Awards for 2013.


And we are in great company, with our friends at Siren coming in a fantastic 2nd and fellow Londoners Pressure Drop not far behind in 10th.

So thank you to everyone who has tried our beer and rated it over the last year. As a relatively new and unknown brewery, in a world where there are so many amazing new and more established breweries, it is great to know people have the faith to try our efforts.

So a big THANK YOU to everyone.

You can see the results on the RateBeerwebsite here