Sunday, 20 January 2019

Hop Aboard Kinver Brewery

The Admirals of the Ultra good ship 'Kinver Brewery' have set a Target, hoping to continue the Tradition of brewing champion beers and earn more Brewers Gold and Bullion CAMRA or SIBA awards for their truly Citra (Sanskrit term meaning “wonderful") beers.

A decisive Challenge was taken to move the brewery to new premises in the Summer of 2012. The new brewery is just a short Northdown hop over the Horizon from the smaller Pioneer brewery premises at the former Kinver Crystal glassworks site,  which was close to the centre of Kinver village which can trace its origins back to Saxon times.  A Chinook helicopter might have been helpful to move the equipment and materials.

The new brewery at Britch Farm, Compton, is the Phoenix the Brewery,  the Liberty of a dream to be at the Vanguard of brewing award winning ales. Kinver was once described as the Switzerland of The Midlands, but there is certainly no Mount Hood or Mount Rainer near Kinver.

The Pilot beers from the novel tilting mash tun, and new copper produced beers of such Sterling quality that "Over the Edge" soon achieved First Gold in the Strong Bitter category in 2012.  A new fermenter was subsequently installed to increase capacity in 2013,  permitting bottled beers to be introduced to Herald the Progress made since moving to the more Northern Brewery location, whilst ensuring Glacier temperatures were not achieved in the winter months.

The brewery reached it's Zenith in 2014 achieving the Summit for the best Strong Ale and Barley Wine in the UK at the CAMRA Great British Beer Festival (GBBF).

The Millennium brew was produced  in 2015, and the busy brewers who had worked at the speed of a Comet to make a thousand brews, could take a well earned rest and Wai-te for the wort to Cascade from the hot liquor tank into the larger 12 barrel capacity mash tun.  Perhaps having a Bramling  apple, a slice of Huell Melon or even a tasty chicken Nugget and a cup of Columbia coffee for lunch before sampling the quality of their latest brew. Of course, without getting too Fuggled to find their way to Amarillo in the hop store, to Select the  Super Alpha index of the Boadicea, Goldings, Newport, Simcoe, Azacca, Ahtanum or other international hop varieties that might be chosen for their next brew.

A Cluster of bottled Zythos (Egyptian name for beer) is available for Pilgrims who visit Kinver from the village off-licence, Kinver Vino at 113 High Street,  Kinver, Staffordshire, DY7 6HL.  Whilst the beer is not available by the Magnum, 500ml bottles are hopping off the shelves and Kinver Brewery Endeavour to meet demand.  Follow the Mozaic block pavement from one of the many free public car parks in the village to Vino.  Draught Kinver on a hand pump is a regular at The Vine, and often a guest ale at the Southern Cross Inn, be sure to look for the distinctive font clips.

The brewery take Super-Pride in the quality and taste of their king El Dorado beers, and "Over the Edge" is again the Sovereign of strong ale in the West Midlands in 2018,  having Beatan off strong competition to Triumph. Whilst future accolades might be in the hands of the gods Apollo or Zeus, the future of Kinver Brewery will continue to shine like a Saphir or the pole star Polaris in the hands of Dave and Ian.

Hop aboard and enjoy a pint of the Perle beer of the West Midlands! Bravo!  Or Prost as the brewery Warrier KinverDave Saaz!

Why not Hop into the Stourbridge Beer Festival on 26th to 28th February 2018 to sample Mother of Flagons -Styrian Dragon hops, Light Railway - English Goldings and US Cascade hops, or Kinver Edge

All words in green are names of hops. Admiral, Target,  Brewers Gold,  Bullion, Challenger, Northdown, Pioneer, Phoenix, Pilot, Sovereign, First Gold, Beata, Herald, Progress, Northern Brewer, Bramling, Cascade, Fuggles, Goldings, Whitbread Goldings Variety, Pilgrim and Endeavour are English hops used for brewing. Information about American hops can be found here