Great Taste Star – Talbot Blonde

Another year – Another Great Taste!

Last year, The Guild Of Fine Food awarded a Great Taste star for our Hearthwarmer bottle conditioned beer. This year we are pleased to say another beer from our bottled range has been given Great Taste recognition, Talbot Blonde.
If you aren’t familiar with Great Taste, it is one of the most prestigious awards for the food industry. To find out more about Great Taste website.

PISTOLS IN THE SNOW (4.4%) – SOLD OUT

The Earth is spinning on it’s axis, tilting a little further away from the Sun. Time for some cooler weather brew. Pistols In The Snow is made with a generous amount of Crystal malt and hopped with extra Bramling Cross hops. The result is a not-so-dark cold weather beer with enough malt to make it warming and enough hops to make it fun! Available from 8 November until stocks last.

Chris The Brewer – A man who is never bored, was able to put together the information below to explain the name…
Pistols in the Snow, a true story

It appears that I have, yet again, chosen a beer name which could be read as a crude pun.

The truth is, the name derives from an incident at The Talbot when it was a coaching inn offering hospitality to travellers. At the time of our story, the coaches had been harried for several months by a callous highwayman who lurked on the treacherous stretch of road crossing Bringsty Common.

One night a coachload of travellers were settling their nerves with some delicious locally brewed ale at The Talbot before travelling west. An intelligent and highly regarded barmaid observed a young man whose attention to the travellers seemed unusually intense. Plying the chap with beer and extolling the virtues of goodwill to all men (it was that time of year), our heroine glimpsed a brace of weapons beneath his coat. As the passengers embarked the coach, she gave a heart rending speech that tugged the lad’s last heartstring.

Full of good beer and Christmas cheer, he walked into the night and cast his pistols upon the fresh snow (the very ones on our pumpclip), striding off for a good night’s sleep.

Our plucky barmaid swooped on the weapons and dusted them for prints leading to swift justice. The villain was found guilty of three counts of murder, seven of wounding and hundreds of acts of waylaying all of which carried the death penalty which he served concurrently for about 3 minutes at the end of a rope.

The moral of this story is that offering even a brief glimpse of your flintlocks to one of our staff may have severe consequences.

HOP NOUVELLE (4.1%) – SOLD OUT

It’s the green hop beer season! One of our most favourite times of the year, where we brewers take advantage of the hop picking season to brew beer using fresh un-kilned hops… and lots of them!

Making it’s annual and always very welcomed appearance is the much loved Hop Nouvelle. This year’s batch is made with Worcestershire First Gold from right around the back of the Brewery.

GREEN HOP FESTIVAL – Beer List Released

The beer list for the Green Hop Festival is now available below. Have a look at the Festivals section for more details.

GREEN HOP BEER FESTIVAL – MORE DETAILS HAVE ARRIVED… THE BEER LIST!

Brewery Beer
G = Green hop U = un-fined (hazy)
Bewdley                                G
Boat Lane                             U PWA 5.2%  sweet
Brecon                                  G Green Beacons 4.3%
Brewhouse and Kitchen Down a Pegg 4.5%
Brewhouse and Kitchen Batsman 3.8%
Cheshire Brewhouse       U/G Verdigris 4.2%  green hopped in a wooden cask
Church End Pew’s Porter 4.5%
Church End Goats Milk 3.8%
Corvedale                            G Green Hop
Hereford                              G Hop Harvester 4%
Hobsons                               G Green Hop 4.2% pale and 100% green Challenger
Lakehouse Cherry Chocolate Porter 5.5%
Ledbury                                G Early Bird Goldings 4%
Ledbury                                G Challenger 4%
Malvern Hills                       G Green Pear
Malvern Hills                       G Green Pear
Teme Valley Brewery        G Hop Nouvelle 4.1%
Teme Valley Brewery Winter Shade of Pale 4.2%
Teme Valley Brewery Gargayle 3.9%
Teme Valley Brewery Damson Mild 3%
Saint Georges
Stroud                                  G Brewers’ Garden
Swan                                    G Green Swan
Uley                                       G Green Hop 4%
Unity Pekin Pale Ale 4%
Weatheroak Keystone Hops 5%
Wye Valley                           G