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Yesterday I took the short trip over to Elland Brewery, West Yorkshire to meet Gordon the head-brewer for a proper chat after our first brief initial meeting at work (Saltaire Brewery). Elland use the same original Thwaites brewery yeast as we do at Saltaire.

The Mash Tun & Fermenters:
Elland Brewery

Gordon’s enthusiasm and excitement for brewing beer is very obvious and I thoroughly enjoyed a good few hours of nattering with him, tasting a few from their retained samples, and looking round their 10 Barrel Brew House.
My personal favourite sample was his Brewers Reserve which he’d dry hopped with New Zealand Motueka hops (Though not available in the shops, this was just an experiment) yummy stuff.
Gordon tells me that the plant originally came from one of the Firkin Brew-Pubs, with its all wood cladding and copper-domed boil kettle. He has a lot more technical know-how than myself with his Chemistry background, and is really got a handle on the entire brewing process with accurate process measurement and documentation and good practice procedure.
Gordon and the guys from Elland are not doing too shabby with their recent SIBA awards for the 1872 Porter, getting the 2010 Winter Gold and the 2011 National Gold. You’ve gotta love a full complex dark beer!

Mash tun to the front with valentine, Copper boiler behind with Fermenters to the left:
Elland Brewery
The Man himself with his FV’s:
Elland Brewery

Hopefully Gordon is enjoying my Home brewed beers I left with him, you can catch up on his Tweets @GJMcKiernan

The other week we popped down to see Toby at www.redwillowbrewery.com in Macclesfield, lovely looking logo and simple name which is not bound to a place or stuck with a built-in history. A very good thing in my view.Red Willow BreweryHere are some photos of the brewery, more available on his website, the 6 Barrel brewery was manufactured by Elite Stainless Fabrications

A couple of Fermenters
Red Willow Brewery
Mashtun, underback & Copper
Red Willow Brewery
Malt Auger and Mash Tun
Red Willow Brewery
Toby Cleaning the copper & Me doing a cracking job of ‘Hands in Pockets’
Red Willow BreweryRed Willow Brewery

Directionless – 4.2
Centennial (main bittering) then lots of Amarillo and Centennial towards the end and flameout ; Pale, Wheat & Caramalt
A balanced and easy drinking session ale, warm amber in colour, made with Amarillo and Centennial hops providing a subtle candied orange fruitiness.

Headless – 3.9
Centennial (main bittering hop) cascade late hops; Pale, Caramalt, Torrefied Wheat
Refreshingly floral Pale Ale with a restrained orange-led bitterness and a light, straw-hued colour

Smokeless – 5.7
Target hops (but fairly irrelevant),  Pale Malt, Munich, Smoked Malt, Chocolate, Crystal, Brown. Towards the end of fermentation Chipotles added ~ 5 days

A surprisingly approachable smoked porter, velvet smooth with a robust malt backbone. This is infused with Chipotles to give even more smokiness and a subtle hint of heat, a real winter warmer

Wreckless – 4.8
Citra & Amarillo, Pale and Wheat Malt and Caramalt
Our newest beer, a Pale Ale loaded with Citra and Amarillo hops providing massive amounts of tropical fruit with a clean finish.

Ageless – 7.2
Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial, Chinook ,  dry hopped for about 2 weeks. Pale, Caramalt

Stressless – 3.9
Same base as Smokeless, but scaled down to 3.9%, no chipotles added (thinking if I want I should be able to Partigyle this with Smokeless – not that I’ve done it yet)
An easy drinking dark mild with a hint of smokiness.

Feckless – 4.1
Target, Challenger, Fuggles, Goldings – Pale, Pale Choc, Crystal, dry hopped with Target
A classic British beer, rich toffee and malt balanced with the subtle flavours of Challenger, Goldings and Target hops.

A local lad’s take on RedWillow


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