New Year @ Critters

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It has been really busy over the past couple of months getting ready for Christmas and the New Year rush here at Critters. After a load of hard work and many hours graft from the team we stripped back the mezzanine and got our new fermenters into place in the brew house. We’re looking forward to filling these with tasty brews in the coming 12 months.

We’d like to wish all our customers and suppliers a happy and prosperous New Year.

Sultanas of Swing – 23/10/18

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Our latest core offering Sultanas of Swing. We love our stout here at Critters and after developing this under the Incubator 3 series we’ve decided to add it to our core range. Using cacao nibs and plump raisins we feel we’ve produced another great tasting stout to run alongside our other offerings.

New Bottle Stock – 30/12/17

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As we get more kit and grow the Brewery we’re looking to additional packaging types. Two of our favourite brews are now available in 500ml bottle. Details of stockists on the Bottle Shop page.

 

 

More kit time – 26/10/17

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It’s been a busy time in the brewery with sales moving along we’ve decided to get a new chiller and a couple of 15BBL (around 540 gallon) fermenters to complement our existing kit.

Getting the kit in the building was fun with the lads doing a top job to get these in place on the brew house plinth. These new unitanks will allow us to get on with new products including our new “Great Weisse” wheat beer.

Our old remote chillers were struggling in the warm weather to get the beer down to temperature prior to racking. With winter coming ­čÖé we’ve invested in an ICS chiller so we’re all prepared for the warm weather next year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheffield Beer Week Collaboration

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Lemon Powered Spaceship

At a year old, we still hadn’t done a collaboration brew with another brewery, so with┬áSheffield Beer Week (13th-19th March) not too far away, we decided it was about time! Jules from Hop Hideout who organises┬áSheffield Beer Week spoke to us about teaming up with HopJacker (Dronfield), which we thought was a great idea! Edd who runs HopJacker has managed some of the Thornbridge pubs and I (Will) used to be on the Thornbridge brew team, so we’ve known each other for years and share the same passion for great beer. We also decided to get Jon from the White Lion involved, as he’s holding a small beer festival at his pub, and you can find both HopJacker and Little Critters beers in his atmospheric Heeley pub on a regular basis.

So between myself, Edd, Jules and Jon, we decided that an easy drinking 5.0% pale ale was the way forward. We threw some ideas about additions to make it a bit more unique and Edd suggested using some Lemongrass, to make it a bit more lemony and refreshing, on top of that, we settled on using some Lemon peel to add a moreish, citrusy bitterness. As far as hops go, we used a healthy amount of Kazbek and Centennial; both lemony hops to finish our game of lemon bingo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tasting notes for the beer:

A golden beer with an orange hue, featuring aroma of candied lemon, sherbet and lemongrass. On the palate you get pleasantly pithy bitter lemon, lemon peel and bready malts that goes from being fresh and lively upfront, followed by a moreish citrusy bitterness with a long lasting taste of the kazbek and centennial hops.

As for the name, Jules came up with Lemon Powered Spaceship as a nod to “Red Dwarf” episode Lemons, and Jon from the White Lion designed the┬áretro looking pump clip, which we’re really pleased with.

We hope you enjoy the beer as much as we enjoyed making it! Look out for it in venues across the city over the next couple of weeks.

Cheers!