A fruitless search for elusive hawfinches at Wentworth Castle on Sunday had a silver lining. The birds were nowhere to be seen but I did spot, without the aid of binoculars, a stall of craft beer. It was part of an open day at the castle in Stainborough, Barnsley. The stall, run by Bier Huis, offered a veritable feast of bottled beer (Concertina, Revoloution etc) but the one that caught the eye was from a brewery new to me.
I'd heard on the ale grapevine Hamelsworde had had their launch night a few weeks' ago at Bier Huis' store in Ossett, but I have not come across their beers in pubs yet. The brewery's website, www.hamelsworde.co.uk, reveals they will be at festivals in Doncaster and Worksop this month.
The website also reveals Hamelsworde is the ancient name for Hemsworth, which is recorded in the Domesday Book. The micro brewery, run by Dan Jones, is slightly more recent and has been test brewing for a year. His website shows a number of different brews, with write ups.
The two beers I bought were Scalded Shoulder 5.2%, a golden wheat beer (single hopped with Saaz) and Jumping Pirate 4.9%, “a light golden ale in a Bavarian style, brewed with German Hallertaur and Tettnanger hops, has floral, piney and citrus notes”. What did they taste like? I wish I knew. We have friends coming over soon and the bottles will be part of a long-running beer swap. Will the Hamelsworde beers last until they get here, who knows? Should we run aswiftone.com book on it or are you all fed up with sweepstakes post Grand National?