Macclesfield, England. Late 2010. In a market Town South of Manchester the McKenzie's introduce Redwillow to the World. Born out of a passion for good Beer, Caroline and Toby McKenzie started RedWillow Brewery after their hobby for home brew outgrew its home.
December 2010 saw the fledgling operation launch its first brew. Directionless Pale IPA was available in Bars across Macclesfield and marked the beginning of an operation that continues to grow.
Its thanks to Frank and the guys at Honest Brew that we discovered RedWillow. Two cans of their Weightless Session IPA were included in our latest case and they were the first brews we cracked open.
With an ABV of 4.2%, Weightless pours clear and golden, with a white head and a very fruity aroma, orange, apricots and Mango. Its full of hops and extremely flavoursome. Again fruity in its taste with a long dry finish.
For a Brewery born out of a Hobby, these guys have it sussed. I have my eye on a bottle of their "Feckless" beer. That should sell well in Ireland
There is plenty more to the tale of Red Willow, but tonight I am keen to crack another beer, so enough typing. Check out their Website for more info on the Beers available.
One Morning in Late November I opened the front door to a rather flushed looking Postal Worker, propping themselves up on the front step. Initally I feared that she was out of breath, having lugged my credit card bill up the street. Happily though the ashen face and perspiration was down to the weight of a case from Honest Brew!
As she stumbled off, mumbling something about lazy git and Alcoholism, I carressed my box like a child and made my way carefully towards the fridge. The six beer sample pack from Honest Brew was an introductory offer and included an excellent range of craft beers.
We have previously covered two of these offerings, Sunburnt Irish Red ale and Vermont Tea Party, on the site. Today though, we are drinking the Honest Brew labelled American Pale Ale.
Over Christmas I managed to knock the LiquorJunky Beer Fridge up to what we technically refer to as, full whack. This resulted in the majority of our beers freezing, exploding and erupting. Interestingly though, the craft beers, we had on ice managed to survive.
So in order to drown our sorrows and tick the Trynuary box for this week, the Honest Brew APA was perfectly situated for drinking. The company was conceived by two Strangers who got chatting in, where else, but a bar. With the initial idea born, Honest Brew was born after the addition of a 'tache sporting Beer genius, a Marketing Whizz and a guy who was clued up in the Tinterweb.
More details can be found on the website they created www.Honestbrew.co.uk
"Inspired by the low bitterness and juicy fruit character of modern IPAs we’ve loved drinking over the past 12 months, we set about creating a tribute to this ever-evolving style. After a long search we tracked down a dangerous amount of new world hops including beauties like Simcoe and Amarillo. Increasingly sought after Irish malt from the lush growing areas of Cork provided a rich and smooth base for the hops to shine and produced a surprising amount of fermentables."
So thats the Blurb from the Brewery. APA slams home at 6.2% ABV, which to be honest I didnt pick up on initially. The high ABV doesnt come across straight away and I found this Ale easy to drink. Its a light, cloudy, headless pour with clean citrus fruits and a crisp finish. To be honest, this isn't the best American Pale Ale to be served in our bar, but it certainly isn't unpleasent.
Honest Brew have an amazing selection of craft beers available via their online store, If i bought everything I liked the look of, then the Postie would collapse trying to bring the credit card bill to the door.
Check out the Howlers, looking forward to more stock becoming available
The Devil's Washtub is a special edition release from the Lacada Brewery, A brewing Co-Operative located in the Famous Holiday resort of Portrush, Northern Ireland.
We have had a couple of this groups brews in our fridges for a few months and have them pencilled in for a full review in the next month or so. Im gonna leave the full company run down until that article, so Today is all about the Washtub
Named in honour of a well known landmark at Ramore Head, The Devil's Washtub is a 5.2% ABV IPA. We picked ours up at one of our favourite local treasure troves and decided it would ft perfectly as our special Christmas Eve Eve Brew. The bottle was somewhat festive after all.
Brewed with four malts and no oats, the brewing process makes use of a Mashing Regime / Ratio that gives plenty of body in the finished product. Described as being Silky Smooth and not too dry, the big malt flavours of coffee, caramel and liquorice ensure this big hitting ABV is suprisingly easy to drink.
With a rich dark pour and an off white head, much like the break in the North Coast Surf. Devil's Washtub, for its ABV is very easy to drink, with a full caramel flavour and a quality brought by its small batch brewing process, this is one that i am glad I got more than one bottle of. Aided, perhaps by the festivities of the season, this special edition gets high marks.
Its given me a thirst to try the other bottles from this co-op and hopefully any other special editions they try their hand at
We picked a few bottles up on a 2 for £5 deal at Lustys Centra, Larne