Our Seasonal Beers
When talking to Clive Ham, our Head Brewer, regarding the Butcombe Seasonal Range, I asked him to be brave. Create a range of beers that are superb in their own style but different enough to be exciting and thought provoking…well done Clive on successfully completing the task!
MENDIP SPRING (3.8% ABV)
Mendip spring water (as with all our beers), goes into the brewing of this crisp, thirst-quenching bitter. Light amber in colour…the beer is dominated by hops that give characteristic citrus notes, whilst balanced with a fl oral aroma and a clean, dry fi nish. Tantalisingly fresh! Available: April, May, June.
BRUNEL IPA (5.0% ABV)
Brunel and his fellow engineers challenged our sense of what was possible, and in doing so changed the face of the world. Brunel IPA is a clean tasting, dry and hoppy, authentic recipe India Pale Ale. Amber in colour, full bodied with a bittersweet fi nish… perfectly engineered! Available: September, October, November.
OLD VIC PORTER (4.7% ABV)
This “Dramatically Dark” beer is a complex, satisfying Porter…smooth, rich and distinctive. Pale, crystal brown, and chocolate malts, plus fruit, feature on the nose, whilst the Fuggles and Golding hops ensure a powerful and satisfying fi nish…bittersweet and hints of chocolate and toffee. Available: January, February, March 2013
BUTCOMBE BLOND (4.3% ABV)
A clean tasting, refreshing, easy to drink premium bitter. Made using the palest English malt
(sometimes known as lager malt), with the addition of fi nest Slovenian Styrians and Czechoslovakian Saaz hops. A light and fruity beer with
unmistakeable citrus notes. Available: July, August.
CHRISTMAS STEPS (4.2% ABV)
Best Maris Otter is blended with Vienna malt to give the beer a reddish hue. Challenger and Bramling Cross hops are used, the latter delivering a distinctive and fruity blackcurrant fi nish…Season’s
Greetings…Ho, Ho, Ho! Available: December.
The Story of Christmas Steps
Christmas Steps is one of the oldest and most charming parts of Bristol, and an area steeped in history. Nobody can say for sure how the street got its unusual name, but some suggest that it may be derived from the nativity scene found in a stained glass window in the Chapel of the Three Kings of Cologne, which stands at the top of the steps.
These Seasonal Beers can often be enjoyed nationwide through various countywide promotions within organisations such as JD Wetherspoon, Punch Finest Cask, Heineken Cask Orders, Mitchells & Butler Beer Festivals, and wholesalers Waverley TBS.
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Butcombe Brewery and we are even more proud of the fact that this has been the case even before Simon Whitmore brewed his fi rst commercial pint back in 1978.
Our, then, MD assisted Simon in deciding on the perfect grist for what is now “Butcombe Bitter”.
T e quality of the hops used in all the Butcombe ales is of the very highest quality and each lot is assessed by both our company and the Butcombe brewery team.
We believe that our quality of service, product and our commitment to assist our customers in every way matches the ethos of Butcombe and this has forged our long standing relationship.
Lupofresh Limited has been in the hop industry for many generations and, our sister company, Morris Hanbury Limited can trace its roots back to 1773 and, we believe, this long history gives us the greatest depth of experience of any hop supplier. T is knowledge and experience is always at the service of our customers.
We believe that great ales will always need the very best raw materials and it is our intention to continue to supply the same to Butcombe.
e are very proud to be the primary supplier of hops to
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