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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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!
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!
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
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!