Ashover began brewing in 2007, in a stable block at the rear of the Old Poets Corner, in Ashborne in Derbyshire. Their beers were good but were rarely seen outside their home area. However, last year they moved into a unit in Clay Cross and as a result increased their capacity from a 4bbl plant to a 20bbl, and they are now being found well away from their home area.
At that time the brewery rebranded itself and their pump clips are now in a distinctive leaf shape, coloured to reflect the style of the beer.
I encountered their 'Milk Stout' yesterday in the Record Cafe in Bradford. It is part of their specials range and weighs in at a hefty 6%, a beer to be treated with respect. I was about to leave it when it was suggested it was well worth a try. And it certainly was.
It is everything milk stout should be. Rich and smooth, not too heavy and very accentuated towards the malts rather than hops. It has a chocolate profile, but I got coffee and caramel hints. As a milk stout it has lactose added to give it a slight creamy sweetness. It was very moreish.