Blood Orange Pale Ale and Breakfast Pie – #Twissupdate 2

Macc Triangle AgedEvery boozy day out needs a good hearty breakfast and make no mistake, the Macclesfield Twissup will be VERY boozy.. So I had me an idea, (which happens from time to time) on how we could combine the two to make a most excellent start to the day.

Our first point of cal,l as you will see when I publish the map and timings, is going to be The Treacle Tap. If you have ever been there or to her sister bar The Young Pretender in Congleton you will already know about the range of award-winning pies both places serve and you will also know that they are incredibly good too.

Great North Pie Co 

I first met Neil Broomfield, the brilliance behind Great North Pie Co, at a beer and food matching event at the Young Pretender with the beers supplied by another Isosceles Twissup host Toby Mckenzie of Red Willow. He presented us with a steak pie made with Red Willow pale ale and I can easily say it was the best pie I’ve ever tasted.


Pic: – Lisa Reeves

Fast forward to my eureka moment…

Knowing that the Treacle Tap has a small kitchen and couldn’t really cook breakfast for the masses I thought “what about a breakfast pie?”. I ran the idea past Treacle Tap owners Bronwyn & Tim who quickly “warmed” to the idea (sorry) and spoke to Toby too, who in turn made the first contact with Neil, who after “filling” him in on the idea, like the man from Del Monte, he said yes..

The breakfast pie will feature among other things bacon and black pudding which makes it already a winner, plus two very interesting but very familiar, “mystery ingredients”… I know what they are and I’m bloody intrigued I can tell you, but I’ve tasted lots of Neil’s creations so I am confident it will be another delight for you guys to indulge in. Not forgetting the vegetarian folk out there, for them it will be a pie with a take on bubble & squeak.

I had another brain wave too… (Shocked? So was I)

It was at a recent meet the brewer event, funnily enough this time held at Treacle Tap, on this occasion it featured the beers and thoughts of Jay Krause of Quantum Brewery.

IMG_5869IMG_5865We had a brilliant night and Jay had brought a fantastic selection of beers, but being the awkward bar-steward that I am I didn’t want any of those, I wanted another “chefs special” especially with the breakfast pie idea in mind..

Cast your mind back nine months or so and those lucky of you to have been there, will remember a rather special beer festival, IndyManBeerCon. For that event Jay collaborated with North Tea Power to create a stunning pale ale made with blood orange tea.

It was a one off brew made especially for IndyMan, or was, as Jay has very kindly agreed to resurrect it and brew it for you lucky twissupers.

I’m rather hoping it will be a perfect pairing for the pie, but as I’ve not tasted it yet I can’t be sure. If nothing else you’ll get a nice “brew” for your breakfast.

So there’s your starting point, The Treacle Tap opening early for 11am, Saturday 29th June 2013.

See you there, cheers!

Twissupdate #isosceles

Macc Triangle AgedAttention Twissupers!

I have exciting news for those of you who are joining us in Macclesfield on Saturday 29th June 2013. (note: crap subliminal message stating the date for your diary)

We got ourselves a Twissup collaboration brew! Yes, it’s been confirmed tonight that it’s definitely a goer and we have three exceptional brewers getting together to create a beer for your very own drinking pleasure.

Being brewed at Red Willow sometime soon, Toby Mckenzie will be joined by Jay Krause, head brewer at Quantum and Colin Stronge, formerly of Marble, Black Isle and now head brewer at Buxton Brewery. Can anyone smell hops?

So what’s the plan?

Well first of all it’s going to involve this…

BIyn1uaCIAE9VHg.jpg-largeSpeaking exclusively to Mr Stronge this evening, I can now reveal some of the “finer details” and I quote:

“Turn up, mash in, get drunk, trash Toby’s hop store” and “see how we can “cough” lighten his hop load”..

That sounds an absolutely marvellous plan to me, what do you think people?

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A Young Pretending Hand Drawn Monkey

187836_356588124357504_1587909104_nIt’s meet the brewer time again tonight down at Congletons coolest purveyors of all things fine in beer and food The Young Pretender and if the last one (which featured Red Willow) is anything to go by it’s going to be a belter. Yes it’s a school night and I really should be at home resting, but a bloggers work is never done and I’m making that sacrifice, for you..

399346_374564355966595_452287788_nThis time up we have another rising star brewery from Huddersfield, Hand Drawn Monkey, what is it about that area that produces such a fantastic range of brewers, is it literally “something in the water”?

Whatever it is I like it, in fact I may move house, by Friday.

I won’t pretend to know a great deal about HDM, I don’t, this is what the guys at Port Street said about them prior to a recent visit. Words spread fast though and these guys have been involved in some cracking collaborations of late. Mallinsons, Quantum and Bitches Brewing that I know of, some of which I’ve managed to try along with a couple of the core range, all of them being rather good.

23385_392659894157041_426088728_n - Version 2Tonight though, I’m expecting to sample a wider selection and see what Hand Drawn Monkey are all about, hopefully by live blogging throughout the night I’ll share that with you, but that remains to be seen, if the space below this fails, I failed too….

Hey, I made it this far and first up is Malpa, an English Pale ale brewed with Polish “Junga” hops. Quite light but very quaffable with loads of bitterness, session city!






IMG_5416For those of you unfortunate enough not to have tried or have heard of SK1, you’ll need to know first of all that SK2 is the second beer in hopefully to be a long running, annual series of collaboration beers brewed at Stockport based Quantum Brewery. Thus combining the skills of one Colin Stronge once of Marble Brewing fame and now head brewer at Black Isle and the other Jay Krause, owner and head brewer at Quantum, hence SK1 and 2.

Capisce? Good.

I was lucky enough to acquire a couple of tasters from Jay at the recent 2nd anniversary bash at Port Street Beer House. As you can see these are pre-sale items, with the real labels still being printed. Personally speaking I’m not sure why they are bothering with expensive label production costs when such an elaborately hand drawn item is readily available and does the job admirably. As some folks quite rightly commented yesterday when I posted this on Untappd, surely this identifies “craft” in its purest form..

Here’s what Jay wrote himself about creating SK2 on the Quantum website:

‘With Colin down from Black Isle for a couple of weeks, we thought it only fair that we make SK2. Pale malt, wheat malt and a bag of VERY finely milled Cara-Pils (Cara-dust more like) went into the mash, with lots and lots of Summit, Kohatu, Chinook, Cascade and Bramling Cross added to the boil means this Double IPA should top out at around 8.0-8.3%. Some of it may even go into a couple of barrels for ageing, but the ‘straight’ version will be around very soon as it’ll be best drunk fresh.”

IMG_5417You heard what the man said, drunk fresh, so I did and cracked a bottle open last night (the other destined for some mystery tasters).

To begin with it was a little restrained on the nose which surprised me with these two guys chucking in the hops, subtle hints of pepper, ginger and a little fresh strawberry was what I pinned down, but something else eluded my deeply sniffing hooter, I’d be interested in anyone else’s thoughts on what that could be?

Taste though is where this baby really brings home the bacon and comes well and truly into its own. We have more of that strawberry and freshly cut root ginger, fresh leather, crunchy dime bar butterscotch brittle, hints of liquorice and grape with a dry tannin-like mouthfeel that peaks with an orange zesty finish.

It’s a great beer, or at that’s what my nose and taste buds thought about it, but then I’d expect nothing else from these guys. If you see it, grab yourself a couple (at least) to try for yourselves, there’s not going to be many about and they won’t last long I assure you.

A massive thanks to Jay for the bottles, much appreciated.