Yesterday Huddersfield's latest brewery, 'Magic Rock' was announced. It is a joint venture between the Burhouse brothers and based at Quarmby in their mill complex, famous for it's importation of rocks and crystal (hence the name). They have installed a 12 barrel brew kit at the premises with two fermenters initially and acquired the brewing services of Stuart Ross, formerly of the Crown brewery in Sheffield.
The intention is to brew five core beers (listed below) with other seasonals based on the style made famous by craft brewers from the USA but tweaked to suit the English pallette. So watch out for beers with loads of hop flavours.
Preparation work has started at the brewery with the intention that brewing commences next month - the first brews will be released as cask beers but with bottling an option for the future.
The intended core range is:
Curious - 3.9% pale ale
Rapture - 4.5 % red hop ale
High Wire - 5.5% West Coast IPA
Dark Arts - 6.0% stout
Cannonball - 7.4% IPA
I, for one, cannot wait to see them on the bar in pubs around here, certainly the pump clips make them stand out from the crowd. If Stuart produces beer of the standard that he made at the Crown Brewery then Huddersfield has another wonderful addition to it's current crop of brewers and long may it continue.