Moondance 4.3- We first brewed this delicious pale ale last year and now it’s back! Hopped with Magnum and Nelson Sauvin this beer has similar wine-like flavours to the grape variety used in wine-making. It was popular last year and sold out quickly. New pump clip design to follow…..
Order yours this week to secure a cask!
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.
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.
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.
Pale straw to deep gold colour with a light to medium hop bitterness. A balanced beer which is light bodied.
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last Thursday the fantastic Jimmy Doherty and Channel 4’s ‘Food Unwrapped’ film crew came to the brewery to film us brewing a special beer!
We were super excited to meet Jimmy and show him around our beautiful brewery and the sun shone on The Kennels almost to order 🙂
We talked to him about our story, how we came to be in this business, what craft beer is to us and he helped us brew a rather interesting brew which has citrus fruits and some great hops in it.
Also we invited a mobile canning company ‘WeCan’ to come and give us a demo of canning our beer!
We put our ‘Instant Karma’ 6.5% into cans and my word it tasted delicious!
It was amazing to see our beer in cans and it was somehow more refreshing, especially on a day as hot as it was!
We had a real insight into how TV programmes are made and filming was a blast. Jimmy helped us brew and we found him to be a great guy with no side about him, really friendly and easy to talk to. The film crew were brill too – thanks to Lizzie, Neil & Nicola – their professionalism is clear but it’s in an easy going style that made us feel comfortable.
Look out for the programme featuring us – it’s due to be aired before the end of the year!!
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…
After returning from Beer X in Sheffield we sailed back into our third Shakedown at the wonderful Baltic Social! It was a great day as usual with an eclectic mix of music and beer and the company of fine friends and family.
So we’ve been pretty much recovering from that all-dayer and getting back to basics in the normal day to day life of running a brewery. We learned such a lot at Beer X and we were reminded about things that we needed to be doing going forward.
Plans are forging ahead for our expansion further into Knowsley Park which we are so excited about because it means we can do everything we’ve dreamed of doing with the brewery. Keep watching this space for further developments…..
And in other news an important event has occurred at Melwood. Our trusty brewer Stan Shaw has reached his 1000th brew! We gave Stan free reign to produce a beer that sums up his inimitable style and brewing knowledge and he’s done it! He’s named it ‘1000 Up’ and it will be appearing in the great hostelries of Liverpool from this week. Its 5.7 ABV and has a mix of hops including Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo and Nelson Sauvin and has a crisp biscuity taste from the malts Stan has used. We hope you enjoy it on draught at your fave pubs and can salute Stan on his Millennium achievement.
That’s all for now but keep supporting local breweries and pubs we couldn’t do it without you! Salut!
Just a note to tell you John & Julie are off to lovely Yorkshire tomorrow for the trade experience that is Beer X. We are hoping to learn loads and return with some great ideas for the future!
AND WHEN WE COME BACK…….
It will be full steam ahead for our Shakedown on Saturday 21st March (the Spring Equinox) from 2pm with great beer, music, food and a great venue in The Baltic Social!
Hope all our friends and supporters can join us together with a fair few newbies to Melwood’s now ‘legendary’ shindigs, described by our hosts as ‘lively’!
Hold on to yer ‘ats!
So we took Liberty beer to the Levellers on Friday night and we are very pleased to say that they loved it!
We had a great time watching A Curious Life and the live acoustic set was amazing. even more amazing was that we got to meet the band after the show and they were awesome! Here are some picks from the night….
You may have been seeing our latest beer ‘Liberty’ fabulous pump clips popping up on the bars of our wonderful city of Liverpool pubs and wondered ‘what’s the story behind this one?’, well…….
Melwood have long been known for producing a range of ‘Icons of Rock Series’ beers which are named after iconic bands, singers or songs. You may remember our ‘Mojo Risin’ or ‘Fools Gold’ or ‘Whiter Shade of Pale’; well ‘Liberty’ is the latest in our range and has been inspired by one of Mr & Mrs Melwood’s favourite bands of all time, The Levellers.
We’ve wanted to do this one for a while and it just so happened that we bought a supply of ‘Liberty’ Hops and hey presto! the name just fitted the Levellers song ‘Liberty’! How could we name it anything else?
The pump clip design was graciously donated to us by Levellers bassist, Jeremy Cunningham, as well so this is a complete mind blower for us as big fans of not only Levellers music but Jeremy’s outstanding artwork.
The beer is a 5% pale ale flavoured with Liberty hops giving a slightly sweet spicy tang. It’s a fine drink for a fine band we think and we are proud of the band’s involvement in it. Thank you to Matt Savage (Levellers keyboards) particularly, for arranging for Jeremy to contact us regarding the design, which I’m sure you will agree is quite striking!
The Levellers are coming to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall next Friday 6th March. The latest date in their ‘A Curious Life’ tour which showcases a film and live acoustic set by this fine English folk-rock band. We can’t wait to see them and of course we are presenting them with their own ‘rider’ of Melwood’s Liberty Beer to enjoy whilst they are in town.
If you want to try the beer The Caledonia, The Belvedere and Liverpool Guild of Students Sphinx Bar all have casks on at the moment and I’m sure there will be a few others taking delivery soon. Enjoy people!
Oh and if you want to check out the Levellers go here – they are a special band!