Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Two Roses Brewery

Last evening in the Star, I managed to catch up with the first beer from the new Two Roses brewery from South Yorkshire, and it was not a bad effort at all. 'First Edition Pale Ale' is a 4% offering, and as it says on the pump clip, it is 'a light and refreshing India Pale Ale'. Very drinkable and a good session beer, it is not aggressively hopped but uses hops in a more subtle manner than some, but is none the worse for that.

At the moment, their website shows 2 other regular beers, 'Black Beauty Stout' a 5% beer, and 'Barnsley Pride Bitter', a more traditional style beer at 4.4%. Lets face it, every brewery in the Barnsley area produces their take on Barnsley bitter. There is also 'Royale Wedding', a 4% beer presumably a one off.

The brewery is based in Darton, on the outskirts of Barnsley, and uses a 8 barrel plant commissioned from Dave Porter, and promises bottled beer as well as cask.

If you want to know more about the efforts they have made to actually get the beer into the glass, then take a look on their web site, there is a very informative blog, detailing the whole process from deciding to open a brewery, through the financial and legal processes involved right up to the first brewing efforts. After reading that it makes me wonder why anyone takes up brewing at all ! All we can do is wish them good luck and welcome them to the ever increasing number of Yorkshire breweries.

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