Beer Styles – info for the craft beer drinker

beer-styles
Hopefully the following info will help you to decide what type or style of beer that you like.  There are so many styles of beer and it would be impossible to list them all in this post but here is a selection of popular styles that Melwood like and brew currently. The latter styles we have plans to brew in the future although we don’t think we’ll be brewing Mild any time soon as we find that there is very little demand for this style of beer so this is included just for info!

So here goes….

English Pale Ale (EPA)

The English Pale Ale can be traced back to the city of Burton-upon-Trent, a city with an abundance of rich hard water. This hard water helps with the clarity as well as enhancing the hop bitterness. EPA can go from golden to reddish amber in colour and has a mix of fruity, hoppy, earthy, buttery and malty aromas and flavours. All ingredients must be English.
Melwood’s Pale ale: Equinox

English Bitter

The Bitter style came from brewers who wanted to differentiate their ales from other mild brews but they used pale malts and more hops. English bitters are gold to copper in colour and are light bodied. They have  a moderate Hop bitterness and most have a fruitiness in aroma and flavour. All ingredients must be English.
Melwood’s English Bitter: Father Ted

American Pale Ale (APA)

This style is now popular worldwide and uses  American hops, which are becoming very popular. There is usually a good balance of malt and hops and they tend to be fruity with bitterness that can range from lightly floral to pungent.

Melwood’s APAs: Whiter Shade of Pale, Liberty, Lovelight, Sunshine Daydream

Amber / Red Ale

Amber or red ales range from amber to deep red hues. This style of beer tends to focus on the malts, but hop character can range from low to high usually resulting in a balanced beer, with toasted malt characters and a light fruitiness.
Melwood’s Amber ales: Fools Gold, Stanley Gold, Sunshine Daydream

Blonde Ale

Pale straw to deep gold colour with  a light to medium hop bitterness. A balanced beer which is light bodied.
Melwood’s Blonde ale: Knowsley Blonde

Wheat Beer

An Americanised version of a Hefe Weizen, these beers range from pale to golden  in colour. They look like Hefe Weizen (cloudy) unless they have been filtered. Brewed using substantial percentage of wheat malt they are moderate in hop bitterness but gain a fruitiness during fermentation.
Melwood’s Wheat beer: El Trigo

Brown Ale

Brown Ales tend to be maltier and sweeter and range from reddish brown to dark brown. Brewed using brown malt, they usually have a low hop aroma and bitterness

Melwood’s Brown ale: Ace Oddity

English India Pale Ale (IPA)

First brewed in England and exported to India during the late 1700s. IPA’s were Pale Ales that were more malty, had a higher alcohol content and were well-hopped. The English IPA traditionally had a lower abv and used less, English hops than the American IPAs but they are evolving to include hops from all around the worlwith an increased abv.
Melwood’s IPA: Mojo Risin’

English Stout

Stouts are typically dark brown to  black in colour. They are brewed using roasted barley which gives dry character to the beer as well as a big roasted flavour that can range from burnt to coffee to chocolate.
Melwood’s Stout: Derby Stout

English Porter

Porter is said to have been popular with transportation workers of London, hence the name. Porters are typically brewed using a pale malt base with the addition of black malt, crystal, chocolate or smoked brown malt. Hop bitterness is moderate on the whole and colour ranges from brown to black and are complex and interesting beers.
Melwood’s Porter: Old Hall Porter (brewed once with plans to brew again)

Oatmeal Stout

These are generally stouts that have the addition of oats to the mash. The oats add a lot of smoothness to the mouth feel but they also have an extra sweetness that is unlike any other type of stout.

Saison

Saisons were farmhouse ales that were traditionally brewed in the winter and are a complex style; many are very fruity in the aroma and flavour.  Lots of spice and with a medium bitterness. They tend to be semi-dry with many only having touch of sweetness.

Witbier

A Belgian Style ale that’s very pale and cloudy in appearance due to it being unfiltered and the high level of wheat, and sometimes oats, that’s used in the mash. Always spiced, generally with coriander, orange peel and other oddball spices or herbs in the back ground. . Often referred to as “white beers” (witbieren) due to the cloudiness / yeast in suspension.

Mild

Similar to an ordinary bitter yet not as hoppy, the English Mild  is a delicate malty brew. Hops are generally mild with a balancing bitterness. Fruitiness, sulfur and buttery flavours.
If you would like more info on the Melwood beers listed here please go to our contact page for details on how to order.

Into the Doghouse….

Well we are finally in!

It’s been a strange December; the actual big move was delayed somewhat by works on-going at the Kennels and then the necessary Asbestos inspection that totally threw us before we could move the kit in situ.  We passed the Asbestos inspection thankfully and the Melwood kit is now residing in its new brewhouse with Stan doing a few adjustments here and there even up to today.

Christmas sales were mental and we realised we hadn’t brewed enough or bottled enough, so we have learned a lesson – (never move to new premises over the Christmas period) – no – Be Prepared! Next year will be different, we promise!

And as we leave our lovely little brewery we move to our new home which is even more lovely, infinitely bigger and has so much potential we are still pinching ourselves…

And a new year and a new start for Melwood.  In 2016 we have big plans for development of our brand(s), our new beautiful Kennels home, exciting new company plans and above all, developing better beer, nay, fabulous beer!

We will have a launch, once we are sorted out and tidied up so keep your eyes peeled for more news as it comes.

We hope you’ll come along with us in 2016, on our ‘journey;’ (sorry about the cliché)  It’s gonna be a wonderful year for us.  Hope yours is too!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

Here are some photos of the move.  Although it was difficult, we had a laugh moving and did pretty much everything in Melwood Van…

 

 

Melwood Beer list w/c 20.10.14

Only here for the beer??

Stanley Gold 4.3 ABV– Triple American hopped with Cascade, Centennial and Amarillo giving this beer a crisp hoppy flavour and a beautiful citrus aroma; a well-balanced but complex, refreshing beer.

Stanley Gold 4.3 ABV– Triple American hopped with Cascade, Centennial and Amarillo giving this beer a crisp hoppy flavour and a beautiful citrus aroma; a well-balanced but complex, refreshing beer.

CITRADELIC 5.1% A light pale ale single hopped with American Citra hops giving the classic grapefruit, lychee and gooseberry aromas this hop is famous for.

CITRADELIC 5.1%
A light pale ale single hopped with American Citra hops giving the classic grapefruit, lychee and gooseberry aromas this hop is famous for.

WHITER SHADE OF PALE 4.3 abv A pale ale, single hopped with Chinook hops make for a hoppy but very drinkable very pale ale. Originally brewed as No4 in our limited edition 'Icons of Rock Series', this ale proved so popular it had to be brewed again!

WHITER SHADE OF PALE 4.3 abv
A pale ale, single hopped with Chinook hops make for a hoppy but very drinkable very pale ale. Originally brewed as No4 in our limited edition ‘Icons of Rock Series’, this ale proved so popular it had to be brewed again!

KNOWSLEY BLONDE 4.3 ABV – Crisp, refreshing pale ale using only Atlas hops – a hybrid of Brewers Gold and Slovenian Wild Hop.  This beer has a fresh hoppy aroma with a pleasant bitter taste.

KNOWSLEY BLONDE 4.3 ABV – Crisp, refreshing pale ale using only Atlas hops – a hybrid of Brewers Gold and Slovenian Wild Hop. This beer has a fresh hoppy aroma with a pleasant bitter taste.

Lovelight 3.8%ABV- Light very hoppy blonde beer. Three types of American hops make this beer a bold yet refreshing drink with tons of hop aroma and a crisp biting flavour.  Proper hop bomb.

Lovelight 3.8%ABV- Light very hoppy blonde beer. Three types of American hops make this beer a bold yet refreshing drink with tons of hop aroma and a crisp biting flavour. Proper hop bomb.

FATHER TED 4.2ABV Fantastic chestnut colour with a backbone of warm, mellow All English hops: Challenger, Pilgrim and a shot of Fuggles.

FATHER TED 4.2ABV Fantastic chestnut colour with a backbone of warm, mellow All English hops: Challenger, Pilgrim and a shot of Fuggles.

ONE STEP BEYOND 4.7 abv  No7 in our Icons of Rock series, this Chestnut bitter is quadruple hopped with a slight Slovenian twist from the Atlas hop, making this beer robust but well balanced with a fresh hoppy aroma to compliment the British malt backbone.

ONE STEP BEYOND 4.7 abv
No7 in our Icons of Rock series, this Chestnut bitter is quadruple hopped with a slight Slovenian twist from the Atlas hop, making this beer robust but well balanced with a fresh hoppy aroma to compliment the British malt backbone.

Melwood Beer at Paul Askew’s The Art School Restaurant

Mrs Melwood revealed recently that Melwood had been privileged to be chosen to supply bespoke ales to the fabulous new restaurant on the Liverpool Scene – The Art School which opened this month fronted by Chef Extraordinaire Paul Askew.

We thought we would give a bit of a big up to Chef Askew, or ‘Porky Askew’ as he is affectionately called, for choosing our beer for this stunning new restaurant.  In fact Paul and his wonderful Restaurant Manager, James Campbell were so ‘blown away’ by our beer that they just couldn’t choose ONE beer – they chose two to be their signature beers and they liked KNOWSLEY BLONDE so much they wanted to stock it in their amazing bar as well! We are so very flattered that they think so much of our ales and appreciate all they do to promote local producers buy buying locally whenever possible.

The two beers Paul and James chose are aptly named ‘PORKY’S PALE ALE’ and ‘THE ART SCHOOL ALE’ and are available to order with your meal at the restaurant or you can take them away in gift packs should you so wish – together with our cheeky, tasty ‘KNOWSLEY BLONDE’.

We were even more flattered that Paul was only one of two suppliers of our beer at the Liverpool Food & Drink Festival.  We can think of no better endorsement than that. Here is Paul with ‘PORKY’S PALE ALE’ at the festival:

Porky Askew

 

A bit about the beers:

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The exquisite ‘PORKY’S PALE ALE’ 4.0 ABV is a fabulously pale ale which is flavoured with Summit hops giving robust citrus notes of orange, tangerine and grapefruit.  The Summit hop has been mooted by some as the ‘ideal hop’ for the ‘ultimate’ pale ale which is what we think Porky’s Pale Ale is! and it’s Paul’s choice to bear his moniker.

Notwithstanding this, the impeccable, even paler  ‘THE ART SCHOOL ALE’ 4.0 ABV is flavoured with Chinook hops which give similar grapefruit and citrus flavours to Summit but a with an added spicy hint and smell, followed by tropical fruit notes and slight tangy pine – James’ favourite and if I dare say, Mr Melwood’s too!

KNOWSLEY BLONDE:  4.3 ABV  A crisp, refreshing pale ale using only Atlas hops – a hybrid of Brewers Gold and Slovenian Wild Hop –  This beer has a fresh hoppy aroma with a pleasant bitter taste and is fast becoming our best selling beer.  Chosen by Paul and James as worthy to grace the elegant bar of The Art School, we are VERY proud of this beer. It can be found also gracing the bars of the finest pubs in Liverpool and beyond!

KNOWSLEY BLONDE 4.6 ABV – Crisp, refreshing pale ale using only Atlas hops – a hybrid of Brewers Gold and Slovenian Wild Hop.  This beer has a fresh hoppy aroma with a pleasant bitter taste.

 

DINING AT THE ART SCHOOL:

Now unfortunately we haven’t had the opportunity to dine at The Art School yet (shock, horror! Will be rectified asap) but we know a man who has! Just follow this link: http://electrokemistcuisine.weebly.com/blogs/electrokemistry-review-the-art-school-Liverpool to see friend of Melwood, Pedro Cotzier’s, mouthwatering review of The Art School.  We can vouch for the real ale but Pedro will fill you in on the amazing food and service to be found here.

And you can find more information and make your reservation here at The Art School’s website.

We sincerely hope you enjoy your superb meal and the fabulous real ale.

“If The Art School Restaurant is heading for Liverpool’s first Michelin Star The Melwood Beer Company is EXTREMELY PROUD to be a very small part of that!”

Melwood at the Liverpool Food & Drink Festival

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Just to let you know that although we are not appearing personally at the Liverpool Food & Drink festival (Costs so high I’m afraid and it way out of our budget this year) we WILL be represented by Liverpool One Bridewell who are serving our bespoke beer ‘Jailhouse Rocks’ on cask and by the fabulous Paul Askew and The Art School Restaurant who will be serving our bespoke bottled beer, ‘Porky’s Pale Ale’ and our very own ‘Knowsley Blonde’ (again in bottles), for your delectation. Please remember them when voting online for the awards http://www.liverpoolfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk/?page_id=166 Both restaurants do so much to promote local producers especially Liverpool producers.

Melwood Logo

Melwood Door!

Just a quickie Post today.  We’ve had the door updated at Melwood Office! Take a look…..

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It looks like it’s been etched but it is in fact an opaque sticker with our logo cut out! Looks fab doesn’t it!

Doing deliveries today including……The Ship & Mitre!  They are taking delivery of a Derby Stout and the fabulous CITRADELIC! so look out for these in one of your fave pubs – we are very happy to be in there!

The other delivery is at The Belvedere who are taking first delivery of the new batches of KNOWSLEY BLONDE & STANLEY GOLD! Hope it’s there long enough for you to try it this weekend but if not The Super Caledonia will have a delivery this weekend too so don’t fret!

Please keep supporting local pubs (and breweries too!)

 

 

 

 

 

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