One of our favourite’s of the year was undoubtedly brewing with our Danish pals from To Øl. Three days of drinking, brewing and partying led to “Collaboration Carnage” – a “fierce, compact IPA” and “Sky Mountain Sour” an Imperial Berliner Weisse designed to “cleanse your thirst buds, straighten your back and make you ready for one more round”. We later launched these beers simultaneously in at least 10 bars all over Europe in Copenhagen, London, Santander, Edinburgh, Barcelona, Bristol, Leeds, Huddersfield, & Liverpool. A masterpiece of logistics and coordination from Denis. Read more on To Øl’s website here: http://to-ol.dk/home/world-wide-release-of-buxton-collab/
We hit February with the launch of our Double IPA: “Wyoming Sheep Ranch” at the continuously brilliant Euston Tap. We also nearly launched our new APA “Jaw Gate” at the same time, unfortunately the parcel delivery man turned up a little late and the keg didn’t make the line-up on the day. We can say however, that in extremis, delivery of a single keg via the post can work, as it did when we sent one to Brodies for the Rainbow IPA do at the King William IV.
2013 saw us build a new 32hl brewery in the “Old Bakery” over the road, which will be up and running in January. So, it’ll soon to be time to say “good-bye” to the wheezy, leaky old 8hl brew house, parts of which are 50 years old, that has served us so well over the last few years… The new brewery will help us keep up with demand, and also improve our processes. It’s still a completely manual brewhouse, fitting in with our “hand-made” ethos, just bigger and better, oh, and shinier. We drilled for our own spring water to feed the brewery too, the water is crystal clear and rather delicious, we can’t wait to get brewing with it. We also just installed a very nice new Italian bottling machine that will turbo-charge our filling rate.
Those scamps at Brewdog phoned us up and asked if we’d like to join in with a collab-fest involving all their bars over the UK. We would make a special brew with the crew from Bewdog Nottingham, followed by a 12-way mega-collab at Brewdog’s new Ellon brewery. The result for us and Nottingham was a “Black Pale of the 7 Cs” so named for it being black, pale, and containing 7 different hop varieties beginning with the letter C. It’s gone down extremely well at the Buxton Tap House and in the brewdog bars. Thanks to the good folks from Brewdog Nottingham for joining us for the brew, and to everyone at Brewdog for hosting us and the other 11 breweries in Ellon. Quite a blast!
Brewing in 40 degree heat in Italy in August was Colin and Mike’s mission with Italian favourites; the Birrificio Toccalmato. A Gruit ale “Sir Dragonet” and IPA “Hops-Crime” were the results. Largely only available in Italy, sadly.
The extremely highly praised London Craft Beer Festival saw our launch of “Wolfscote” a black sour mild and a special edition “Axe Edge NZ“. Staff from the brewery and the as-then-yet-to-be-opened Buxton Tap House travelled down to the ‘smoke to represent Buxton amongst some of the UK & Europe’s finest breweries. A fantastic event!
The Independent Manchester Beer Convention or “Indyman” for short has rapidly gained an exhalted position as one of the leading beer festivals anywhere, so when the organisers asked us to brew a beer with them especially for the festival we leapt at the chance; North Tea Power barrel aged Fruit Tea Saison was well received and subsequently re-brewed We’re all looking forward to next year’s IndyMan!
A veritable who’s who of world brewing. An invite to pour our beers at this great event, held this year in Portland, Maine meant a trip to the US for Mike & Geoff. Possibly the longest festival queue ever meant plenty of thirsty beer-lovers clamouring for refreshment over the 2 day festival.
The brilliant Crosskeys pub in Leeds is famous for hosting beer dinners, so when they asked us if we’d like to attend with some beers, we jumped. The meal was amazing, and superbly matched with several of our beers. We also took the opportunity to surprise-launch our aged Berliner Weisse – “Nord Sekt”
Due to popular demand we brought back Gold from retirement. And boy are we glad – one of our favorites and a regular on the bar at the Tap House!
We finally got around to updating our branding. We all think our new look and feel is great and we hope you like it too. Big thumbs up to Nick Wagner out in Colorado for his great work for us. www.nickwdesign.com
Exporting beer has now become a large part of our business, we send our beer to (at the last count) 14 countries on 5 continents (look out craft beer bars in Africa & Antarctica!?) We’re proud to be helping fly the flag for British brewing overseas, and look forward to more of the same next year.
We’re a sociable lot, and enjoy nothing more than a good old Meet The Brewer. Particularly memorable this year were MTBs in La Fine Mouse and L’Express De Lyon in Paris, Port Street Ale House for Rainbow IPA in Manchester, The Hanging Bat in Edinburgh, Ale and Hop & La Resistencia in Barcelona and The Tuxedo Beer House in Piacenza. Attended the amazing Mediona Beer Festival also in (near to) Barcelona was a huge privelege.
We like to do our bit for charity, and this year (and continuing on) we decided to support the Buxton Mountain Rescue Team by brewing a new beer for them, and donating 10p from every pint sold. We’ve already raised hundreds of pounds and look forward to much more in 2014. If you see Jacob’s Ladder on the bar – buy some, you’ll be supporting a brilliant cause.
On September 6th after a 6 month refurbishment project the Buxton Tap House opened its doors to the public – our very own bar designed to showcase our beers, and those of our other favourite breweries. Always 12 different beers on draft and up to 80 different bottled beers on the menu. A cool place to hang out and sample the best selection of Buxton brews you’ll find anywhere.
Food wise, our smoker is continuously stacked with ribs, pork & beef slow smoked over various blends of Apple, Pear, Hickory or Mesquite wood-chips for an incredible flavour and character. Sunday lunch-time is devoted to the grand tradition of the Roast. Always a choice of 2 meatie and a veggie option. The Tap House is a live music venue with a bias toward acoustic sessions, folk, funk and rock. You can join us every other Thursday for a chilled out evening of great tunes and beer. (other beverages are available )
We’re open everyday from 10am-1am, you’ll find us in the Old Court House on George Street.
You can’t just throw a beer recipe together, so it’s a real acheivement of Colin, Jake & Denis to bring out so many new, distinct and tasty brews this year, whilst maintaining and improving our existing collection.
First it’s commisioning the new brewery and the bottling line, and transferring all our brewing operation over the way. We’re hoping to be up and running by the end of January.
We’re looking forward to our upcoming collab brew with Swedish brewers Omnipollo – we’ll be making another Yellow inspired beer for the 2nd Rainbow Challenge.
A brew with our Dutch pals at Rooie Dop + Oersoep breweries is resting in red wine barrels right now. Working title: “Stront In De Bossen“…. One to look out for.
Everyone at Buxton is looking forward to packing a bag for the Copenhagen Beer Celebration in May.
Our first 100% Brett fermented beer about to be released early 2014. Fermented with our ’78 house Brett strains. Tasting great…
After quick look over last year’s annual blog post, in which we set out some targets for 2013, we can definitely give ourselves a slap on the back for getting it done, in a big way. Colin, Jake, Denis, Andy, Geoff, Charli, Charlie, Jackie, Mike, Jade, Sam & the rest of the team at the Tap House and a stream of volunteers and conscripts have all put in a massive effort over the last 12 months bringing Buxton to the masses.
A huge thank-you is also due to everyone who drinks our beers and keeps us all so busy, we massively appreciate it!