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The Captain Cook Brewery
(I really should have bought a set of those lovely stemmed 1/2 pint glasses)
During our week off, and First wedding anniversary, we had a drive up from Whitby to Stokesley to put a face to the name and check out the Brewery & Pubs. The White Swan is a lovely little pub with a good range of Real Ales on handpull both their own and guests, Matt took us through the pub and out back to the Captain Cook Brewery, pretty rustic and compact is the first impression. Matt explains that they have just had a new bigger Hot Liquor Tank (HLT) installed and the copper boiler has been extended to provide more capacity, the first of their new wooden-clad fermenters has been installed with more on the way to replace the old Grundy / Cellar tanks which are currently used, the Mash Tun is also due an upgrade.

We tried a couple of the beers, Matt’s classic Dry stout ‘Skooner Grenville‘ which has all the roastiness from Roasted Barley and a good dry bittering, also his Pacific Gem / Pacifica Hopped pale ale ‘Resolution‘ which is lovely and left me wanting to do some homebrew with the same hopping as it really works well for the Hophead in me with its chalky mouth enveloping bitterness 🙂

The White Swan’s sister pub is The Dog & Gun in Potto, we were recommended to go and try the food here… and we did, 4 Handpulls with two Captain Cook & two guest ales, a really nice well thought out restaurant with fantastic food, very much worth the drive over from Stokesley. –

Brewer Matt and myself, just explaining which homebrew I was leaving him:
The Captain Cook Brewery
Brewers Office:
The Captain Cook Brewery
Old fermenters on the left, shortly to be replaced with new square wood-clad ones as seen on the right:
The Captain Cook Brewery
Copper with new size extension from the weld above the sight glass:
The Captain Cook Brewery
Old sign:
The Captain Cook Brewery

Today I helped make award winning real ale at the ‘Old Spot Brewery’ in Cullingworth near Keighley.
They have recently Won the Leicester Beer Festival with a Gold for Spot O’ Bother which was also a 1st in the Porter/Stout category.
Please check their beers out when you see them :)

The brew is a pretty hoppy and mainly pale malt with some wheat, name yet to be decided.
Chris has a relaxed attitude to brewing and there’s nothing complex in his brewing process, knowing his process and customers tastes gives him plenty of room to experiment within his brewing experience in creating new ales.

Here’s a Few snaps from today:
The Brewery, Mashtun in front, Boiler back left and HLT’s at the right:
The 2 elements inside the boiler:
FV’s being cleaned and sterilised:
Sparging, Grains were Optic Malt and Wheat Malt:
Weighing out the hops, Todays hops were Fuggles for Bittering, Golding, Willamette & Fuggles for flavour/aroma:
Used hops in the boiler:

I’ve just drunk a bottle of a dark Mild Chris gave me which is well balanced and chocolaty, another bottle of something light is waiting for after though I forget what he called it. They don’t normally bottle their beers as they stick to dealing direct with pubs.

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