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March Newsletter

 

 

LATEST NEWS FROM SPRINGHEAD BREWERY

Our New Seasonal Special

We’re very happy to have our latest seasonal special Bees Knees available from this week and back on the bars! Bees Knees is always a real favourite, golden in colour, and made with local wildflower honey, which at 3.9% is perfect for the glimpse of Spring that we’ve been seeing over the last few days!

As always with our seasonal specials, stocks are limited and they often sell out quickly, so let your landlords know quickly if you’d like to try it in their bars!

New Addition to our Team!

We are very pleased to announce that we have a new key member of our team joining the Springhead family from Monday! A huge welcome to Bob Phaff, who is to be our new Production Manager, and will be working alongside our Head Brewer, Keir, in steering the ship at the Springhead basecamp and keeping things running smoothly!

Bob comes to us with a wealth of experience in other top quality breweries, including most recently working at True North Brewery as their Head Brewer. He also brings with him experience from St. Andrew’s Brewing Company, Welbeck Abbey Brewery, Stancill Brewery, Black Iris Brewery, Black Jack Brewery, Runnaway Brewery and Twisted Barrel Brewery, which we very much look forward to using to develop our own beers and business!

Drop O’ The Black Stuff in SIBA National Finals!

Following our GOLD MEDAL in the SIBA Independent Beer Awards, Midlands Region competition, in the Standard Mild and Brown Ales category this year, we are very excited to have our delicious Drop O’ The Black Stuff taking part in the national finals this week.

The competition is taking place at the SIBA Beer X conference, taking place in Sheffield this week - fingers, toes, and everything else crossed for another award at the national level!

Hop Merchant Tap Takeover Week

One for our Nottingham drinkers - we're very excited to be doing a TAP TAKEOVER week at The Hop Merchant, on Parliament Street, in Nottingham, from Monday 27th of March to the 2nd of April.This should be an excellent week, and a great opportunity to try a range of our beers, pick up some free prizes, and meet our team on the MEET THE BREWER night on Wednesday 29th of March!

For those of you who haven't been to The Hop Merchant before, it’s a great pub, and a link to their Facebook page is below. We hope to see you there!https://www.facebook.com/hopmerchantnotts.co.uk/?fref=ts

Center Parks Article

Center Parks have produced a lovely feature on Springhead for the Spring issue of their magazine this month, as one of their local suppliers, including an interview with our Managing Director, Helen, and a photoshoot at the brewery. As well as in their magazine, the full article will be up on our website soon (www.springhead.co.uk), and they will also be shooting a short video at our brewery next week! A big thanks to Cathy at Center Parks for organising everything, and for their kind words!


Robin Hood Joins Meg in Tescos!

As well as Roaring Meg, our lovely traditional hoppy chestnut bitter, Robin Hood, is now also available in 500ml bottles in Tesco stores across the midlands. If you spot it on the shelves, please send us in a pic, and let us know what you think to the beer!

National Promotions for Left Lion and Roaring Meg

We’re very happy to announce that our beers will be reaching new drinkers across the country from the end of this month, as Roaring Meg is on a national promotion with Wetherspoon’s for the next two months, meaning any Wetherspoon’s pub is able to order it across the country during this period. So if you live further afield and would love to try Meg, this is a great opportunity – just ask your local Wetherspoon’s landlord! Left Lion is also reaching far and wide over April and May, with a national promotion from Molson Coors meaning it will also be popping up across the country. Let us know where you spot them, and we’ll post on our social media so others drinkers can find them too!

Think that’s everything for now, so from all of the Springhead team, we hope you have a fantastic (and thoroughly beery) weekend!

 
Best wishes,
 
Eve


www.springhead.co.uk
Tel: 01777 229020
Email:
Springhead Social Media Pages:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpringheadBrewery
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SPRINGHEAD1 
 
 
Outlawed selected as finalist in Champion Beer of Nottinghamshire Competition 2017
 
A big thanks to the organisers and judges of the 2017 Champion Beer of Nottinghamshire competition, who out of the 54 beers selected to take part in the competition by CAMRA, picked our lovely triple-hopped APA, Outlawed, as one of the 10 finalists in the competition. The competition took place at The Canalhouse in Nottingham, and a bit congrats to Blue Monkey, who were the overall winners of the competition with their Guerrilla Chocolate Amaretto stout!
That makes three years in a row that we’ve made it to the final stages of the competition, so maybe 2018 will be our year to take the top spot – fingers crossed!
 
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INTRODUCING PANDEMONIUM, OUR BRAND NEW BREW!

Pandemonium

We're very excited to announce the arrival of our brand new beer, PANDEMONIUM, which is 5.3% abv, amber coloured, and available from Monday!

Here's the full tasting notes for the beer, and a big congrats and thanks to Jalon Fearon-Zbijowski for winning our competition to name the beer!

Tasting notes: A sublime amber-coloured beer, with a burst of fresh tangerine and grapefruit flavour and a tantalising pineapple aroma, balanced with floral notes, and a dry finish with lingering flavours of toasted malt.

Background: Pandemonium is crafted from an expert blend of some of finest hops from around the globe, with New Zealand’s Waimea and America’s newest darling Azacca producing the mouth-watering citrus flavours and pineapple aroma, and English First Gold giving floral notes and bitterness.

 

GOLD MEDAL for Drop O' The Black Stuff at the SIBA Midlands Beer Competition

DOTBS Gold SIBA Midlands 2016

We're very proud to announce that our lovely Drop O' The Black Stuff has won a GOLD MEDAL at SIBA's Midlands Independent Beer Awards 2016, Standard Mild Ales & Brown Ales category. Here's Keir and Stephen, our talented brewers, beaming like Cheshire cats with their certificate at the award ceremony this evening in Birmingham!

DOTBS 2016 SIBA Midlands Gold

Here's their website with the full results: http://www.siba.co.uk/…/regional-competitio…/midlands/2016-2

 

July Newsletter 2016

 

 

MAY NEWSLETTER FROM SPRINGHEAD BREWERY

With the days getting sunnier and the pubs packed with drinkers making the most of the better weather, we’re really pleased to report that this has been the busiest quarter we have had in a long time! With our brewery running at capacity and our brew team working round the clock to keep up with orders, if this level of demand for our lovely beers continues, we’re going to be needing to put in more conditioning tanks and fermenters!
 
As well as the booming local trade, the current rapid pace of production in our brewhouse is also due to some pretty big orders in from several of the major pubcos. We’re currently on promotion nationally with Wetherspoons until the end of May, and also Greene King until the end of June with our flagship brew Roaring Meg, which is our classic IPA (also known as The Big Blonde!). As well as this, our beer Sweetlips is available through Punch Taverns until the end of July, and we will be supplying Molson Coors in June too, so if you happen to be in a pub that’s a part of any of the above in the next couple of months and would like to try our beers, just ask the landlord to order them in! All Wetherspoons pubs in the region are now able to take all four of our bottled beers too, so let their staff know if they’re not yet in stock in your local Wetherspoons!

INTRODUCING LEFT LION AND BLIND TIGER

The big news this month, is in introduction of two new brands to our core range. The two beers, Blind Tiger, and Left Lion, were previously known as Maid Marian and Robin Hood respectively. The decision to re-brand was made following feedback from our drinkers that the old names often caused confusion with a number of similarly named beers also available in the local area.

We’re really proud of both of the beers themselves, which have been a part of our core range since 2012 and have a strong fan-base, so we felt it was important to retain the original recipes loved by our drinkers, but that especially with the recent growth and evolution of the craft beer market, it was time that the beers were given new names and identities as distinctive and bold as the brews themselves!

Blind Tiger is a 4.5% abv. refreshing, pale golden beer, with a fruity flavour produced by adding whole oranges  to the brew, while Left Lion is a 4.0% abv. chestnut-brown traditional bitter with a good head and plenty of hops. ‘Blind Tiger’ is named after a type of illegal drinking den during in the 1920s, which evaded prohibition laws by disguising themselves as exhibition halls for ‘natural curiosities’, charging patrons a fee to see exotic creatures such as a blind tiger (reportedly a pig painted with stripes), which, surely by coincidence, included free alcohol with admission. ‘Left Lion’ takes its name from the two great art-deco stone lions in Nottingham City's Market Square, which were sculpted by Joseph Else, the left of which is traditionally known as the city’s famous meeting place.

SEASONAL SPECIALS

As well as the new characters within our core range, look out for our new seasonal specials, and if you spot them, please send us a photo of them on the bar along with your feedback to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SpringheadBrewery/) – we always love to hear what you think! We currently have Willy’s Wheatbeer in stock, which is a traditional German-style wheat beer, with a delicate, almost floral aroma and an initial fruitiness leading to a long, dry, biscuity finish.

The delicious Sweetlips has also just been brewed and will be hitting the bars this week. It is a light, crisp, 4.6% abv. beer, bursting with grapefruit and mandarin orange flavours, and made with fresh citrus hops and Californian yeast.

SPOT THE SPRINGHEAD BUS!
 

 
We’re also very excited to announce that we've had one of our local buses decked out in Springhead decals, and it's now on the roads spreading the gospel seven days a week! We’re all really pleased with how it looks – let us know if you spot it on the roads, and send in your pic to our Facebook page or to  for the chance to win a free case of Roaring Meg, delivered to your door!

SUMMER FESTIVAL

Plans are also coming together for our Summer Festival at the brewery site in Laneham, near Retford, North Notts, which is set to take place from the 22nd to the 24th of July. It’s shaping up to be another fantastic event for beer lovers, as well as the entire family, with a great selection of beers from across the country available, as well as live music, entertainment, family fun, and delicious locally-sourced food. We will be announcing the bands over the next few weeks, so keep an eye on our social media channels and website (www.springhead.co.uk) for the latest updates!

Think that's all for now - as always, a massive thanks for all your support, and we hope you enjoy the beers!

Eve

www.springhead.co.uk
Tel: 01636 821000
Email: 
Springhead Social Media Pages:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpringheadBrewery
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SPRINGHEAD1
Google+: http://ow.ly/PAij4

 

 

APRIL NEWSLETTER FROM SPRINGHEAD BREWERY

Here at Springhead HQ, we’re very happy to see the longer days and sunshine heralding what hopes to be a great Spring and Summer, packed with exciting events, beer festivals, and of course, long lazy days enjoying good company and even better -  delicious beers in our favourite beer gardens!

With local pub trade booming as the pubs become busier again after the Winter, and our brewers working round the clock to fulfil an influx of wholesale orders at the moment, we’re happy to see the brewery buzzing, and would like to say a big thanks to all of our drinkers for their fantastic support.
 
Welcome to the team, Rob!

First of all, we would like to extend a very warm welcome to Rob Vevers, who has recently joined our team, and is doing an excellent job so far and settling into the team well. Rob is a craft beer enthusiast and proud member of our local CAMRA group, and comes to us with a wealth of experience in sales, running pubs, and beer festivals. He will be focusing primarily on local sales, and also running the growing number of outdoor bars and beer festivals we have lined up over the summer.

For our full listing of upcoming events, see http://www.springhead.co.uk/upcoming-events.

Seasonal Specials 

Look our for the last few barrels of our current seasonal special Ginger Pig in your local pubs – it’s always a firm favourite and has been flying out! Pigs do fly! 
 

Our next seasonal special, the award winning Willy’s Wheatbeer is currently being brewed, so should be hitting the bars in a couple of weeks! It is a traditional German-style wheat beer, but served clear, with a delicate, almost floral aroma and an initial fruitiness leading to a long, dry, biscuity finish, and It will be available April/May, before we move on to refreshing, zingy Sweetlips for the Summer.

Roaring Meg in cans!

We are also very pleased to announce that our first batch of cans of our flagship brew Roaring Meg are just going into production, following our success in the Indie Beer Can Challenge last year, and considerable interest from customers in stocking the classic IPA in that format.

The cans will be available in pubs, restaurants, shops and delis, as well as direct from our brewery should you wish to stock up at home! We also have bottles, 9, 17.5 and 35 pint polypins, gift packs, and even full barrels available to the public.  They can be picked up from our brewery in Laneham, near Retford, or from our central Nottingham pick-up point (in The Park, N7), or they could be delivered to your home for a small fee.

For more info or to order your beers, please see our website www.springhead.co.uk, email , or call us on 01777 229020.
 
Our very own bus!

Also, look for our our lovely new advert, gracing the back of our local buses running from Newark to Retford – exciting!  Email me to let me know where and when you first spotted the bus and I will put your name in a prize draw for a case of Roaring Meg (e).
 
Dates for your diaries

Finally, a couple of dates for your diaries – our next beer festivals at our brewery site in Laneham, are to be held on the dates below. They should be great events, with a fantastic selection of beers from across the country (plus Germany for Oktoberfest!), as well as live music, entertainment, family fun, and delicious locally-sourced food. Hope to see you there!
 
Springhead’s Summer Festival - 22nd to 24th July 2016
Oktoberfest - 30th Sept to 2nd October 2016

Best wishes,

Eve

DECEMBER NEWSLETTER FROM SPRINGHEAD BREWERY

Welcome to our Christmas newsletter! With the holiday season fast approaching, the brewery is busier than ever and there’s excitement in the air!

Seasonal Specials

This month, we have two fantastic festive specials available to keep things merry! Look out for Fallen Angel and Rudolph’s Ruin on the bar in your local pubs now, and if you spot them, please post a picture of you and your pint on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SpringheadBrewery/ and let us know what you think – we always love to get your feedback!
 


Also if you don’t have it yet, we’d also highly recommend getting the Untappd app for your phones to help you hunt down your favourite beer, and rate your latest finds! Check out their website here: https://untappd.com/

Christmas Dinners, Brewery Tours and Parties

Our lovely onsite pub The Bees’ Knees is offering delicious Christmas dinners this year, all made from the very best of local produce. We also have a range of options available for excellent Christmas parties, all tailored to fit your group’s needs, including our Ultimate Brewery Tour Christmas Party Packages – just drop us an email to  or call 01777 228090 to make your booking, or see below for more details!We’re happy to cater for small groups through to large office parties, and are happy to offer private function rooms for larger groups, so let us take the hassle out of your festive celebrations this year and enjoy a great night with us!
 

For those of you who don’t want to spend your Christmas day slaving in the kitchen, we’re also offering a fantastic five course banquet, complete with bubbles, and the full traditional festive fayre right through to the homemade mince pies – see below for details, but get your bookings in quickly, as it’s proving extremely popular!
 

Beers to take home for the Festive Season

We also have a great range of options available, either collected straight from our brewery site in Laneham, from our central Nottingham pick up point in The Park (NG7, for Nottingham, please call 0115 9413187 or email  for prices), or delivered to your door, for beers to take home to tide you over the party season. Details of the beers available and prices are below, so contact us now to arrange your bottles, 17.5 or 35 pint polypins, or even full 9 gallon casks today for the merriest Christmas ever!

Gift Packs

Not sure what to get the beer lover in your life for Christmas this year? Why not try our lovely gift packs, available for only £8.95! Contact us on  or 01777 229020 for more info or orders.
 

2016 Festival Dates

Here's the dates for our festivals at the brewery next year so that you can stick them in your diaries nice and early, and let us know if there's anything you would like to see included in them, whether it's beers, bands or ideas for entertainment, we'd love to hear from you!

Easter Festival - 25th to 28th March 2016
Summer Festival - 22nd to 24th July 2016
Oktoberfest - 30th Sept to 2nd October 2016

Think that’s everything from us for now, so from everyone in the Springhead team, we hope you have a fantastic Christmas and the happiest of New Years, and a huge thanks to you all for your support in 2015!

Best wishes,

Eve

www.springhead.co.uk
Tel: 01636 821000
Email:
Springhead Social Media Pages:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpringheadBrewery
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SPRINGHEAD1
Google+: http://ow.ly/PAij4