Orange is here!Posted May 17, 2013 at 6:29 pm
Finally we got to brew the much anticipated Orange Beacons… And what a fun packed day it’s been! Looks as though there will be somewhere in the region of 9000 pints in FV3 by the time I’ve finished this evening – yum yum!
The Orange Beacons is a clear Wheat Beer, brewed with lager malt, wheat and oat malts, a blend of UK and US hops and infused with fresh oranges. We weren’t entirely sure of the best method to get the most out of the oranges, so we called up a Big Jessy to come and help… No really, he is very big, and his name is Jesse!
Hypothesis 1 :
[NB - a full Risk Assessment was done for this, hence the fact that Jesse is wearing the logo'd HiViz waistcoat of Invulnerability...]
So having cleared up, we resorted to Plan B – the time honoured method of chopping them all up small and squashing them into a couple of big buckets to go into the Copper… Well, its good to have ideas isn’t it?
Hopefully this will be ready to hit the pubs in a couple of weeks time…
In the meantime, Duncan and I will be at the Royal Welsh Showground tomorrow and Sunday (with added Jesse on Sunday…) – please come and join us for a beer and a chat….
A day of visitations…Posted May 16, 2013 at 6:24 pm
Started the day brewing Twilight Beacons… All went well and no Vampires were seriously harmed…
We then had a visitation from a TV crew from BBC Wales, so those of you of a nervous disposition, look away from your teles during the news at 13:30 and 18:30 tomorrow…
In the afternoon, we had a group from Christ College come for a look around to see Yeast in action – always great fun to deal with these youngsters, not least because they always have some great questions to ask!
This weekend, we’ll be at the Smallholders at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells – come and find us, (somewhere around the old Food Hall I think…) and join us for a beer - more details to follow tomorrow hopefully. Another Brew to get in before then though…
A busy week…Posted April 25, 2013 at 4:42 pm
Lots of brewing this week, as stocks of Twilight Beacons, Three Beacons and Welsh Beacons seem to have evaporated!
Also launching this week is the Dark Beacons – our splendid new limited edition beer – to help CAMRA celebrate May is Mild Month with this traditional Welsh Dark – 3.8% abv, smooth, roasty and full bodied, yet still light and refreshing…
Coming up soon – Lots of beer heading to CAMRA’s Reading Beer Festival (2-5 May) and also to Ludlow Castle for the SIBA Wales and West competition – Come and see us all at this superb event in a fantastic location, 10-12 May. www.foodfestival.co.uk for more details…
And we’ve got a very small amount of Black Beacons available in cask too!2247
Brewing on a bank holiday!Posted March 29, 2013 at 10:25 am
Fresh malt supplies arrived at 7:30 this morning, (Thank you Steve!), so we can brew again… More Welsh Beacons today, as this new beer has been really well received and the last brew seems to have evaporated!
This does mean that I’ll be in the brewery all day, despite the gorgeous sunshine outside, so feel free to drop in and say hello…
MiniCasksPosted March 23, 2013 at 10:50 am
Good news! A fresh supply of MiniCasks arrived late last night (borrowed from another friendly brewer!)…
For those of you who cannot wait until Monday, I’ll be in the brewery (despite the snow) at various times over the weekend. Please feel free to drop in and say hello.
Trade Show time!Posted March 11, 2013 at 7:50 am
Later this week, Buster will be up in Sheffield for the SIBA BeerX and AGM – The BeerX is a new festival of British beer hosted by SIBA – over 600 cask and draught beers will be on sale, featuring SIBA brewers from all over the UK. We’ll have the Red Beacons and the new Three Beacons on the bar over the weekend.
BeerX is being held in Ponds Forge, Sheffield, and opens to the public on Thursday 14th – more details at www.siba.co.uk/beerx
Next week, its the IFE exhibition at London ExCel in Docklands. we’ll be there for the full four days with a great selection of beers on the Drink Wales Stand – more details at www.ife.co.uk
Please drop in and say hello at either event should you be in the area.
The Beer Duty EscalatorPosted February 1, 2013 at 9:45 am
When you have a spare minute, have a look at this film :
I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions, but do feel free to contact your MP in the next few weeks, and ask them for their view on the “Beer Duty Escalator” (which sees automatic and unreported rises in beer duty at each Budget), and why they think this iniquitous and damaging legislation should remain.
Calling all CAMRA members …Posted January 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm
If you are a member of CAMRA, please don’t forget to enter your votes for the Champion Beer of Wales competition … It’s really easy, and it’s really important…
- Go to www.cbobvoting.org.uk
- Enter your CAMRA membership number
- Enter your main CAMRA password (if you’ve not used this before, it’ll be your postcode without the space)
- Register your votes in the drop down menus
The winners of the classes at the Champion Beer of Wales 2013 will go forward to the Champion Beer of Britain 2014.
And to paraphrase Neil Kinnock’s Spitting Image Puppet – “Vote for us!” !!
Voting closes on the 30th January…
4 i 13 – … and now for 2013?Posted January 4, 2013 at 1:01 pm
Now Chrimbletide has passed, its time to look ahead!
The Six Nations Championships start soon, with a very interesting year ahead – Ireland and France both looked good in the Autumn series, and England finished on a good high. Scotland begin the campaign with a new coach, and Italy continue to both improve and impress. Where does that leave Wales…? Will they bounce back to last year’s form, or will the bumpy road continue…
Whilst only time will tell, at least the Six Beacons will ready in plenty of time! Our copper hued Session Ale is being brewed today, and will be ready to go out to pubs and clubs from the 21st January onwards. Give us a call for more details.
Also, throughout January, those of you a little further afield will be able to get hold of Twilight Beacons and Bright Beacons from those lovely people at Flying Firkin…
31 xii 12 – So that was 2012…Posted January 4, 2013 at 12:47 pm
Happy New Year to you all…
We’ve snuck in for one final brew of 2012, with good friends Andy and Kate Camroux – Genesis 2:ii – Imperious Beacons. This promises to be a fabulous beer, marking not only 18 months of Brecon Brewing, but 10 years of Buster being based in Brecon.
This 7.5% abv Welsh Imperial Stout is being brewed with lots of Marris Otter pale ale malt, Wheat and Oat malts, as well as a blend of Crystal and roasted malts and a healthy dose of dark sugars… It promises to be seriously full flavoured, with hints of molasses and smoke and a suitable balance 0f hops.
The first cask(s) will go on sale at Luton Beer Festival in mid February. we will probably also bottle a very limited quantity, so get your orders in fast!
All the best for 2013!