One of our fans seems to have been so moved by her love of Moor Beer that she nominated us for the BBC Food and Farming Awards (thanks Alex!). The awards received over 300 nominations, and we made it to the final 10.
Fusion 2009 went long ago (although you might be lucky enough to find a few bottles in various shops or people’s cellars). Now, with the help of our friends at the Somerset Cider Brandy Company, we have the 2010 vintage well under way. This massive feat of ingenuity and engineering should have completed fusing and be available just in time to enjoy with your Christmas pudding.
As always we are delinquent with lots of news items, but this one couldn’t wait. Yesterday Revival took silver in the most competitive Bitter category of the Champion Beer of Britain competition at the Great British Beer Festival. We’re stoked, loads of people were thrilled, and we are hugely appreciative of all the good vibes at the fest. And a few very interesting conversations took place that will undoubtedly lead to future news items…
We are exceedingly delighted to announce that our bottled beers scooped 5 medals at the recent International Beer Challenge. Peat Porter, Fusion, and JJJ IPA scooped Bronze and Old Freddy Walker took Silver. Gold was reserved for our fantastic range of bottle labels in the packaging category. Having won best labels in the UK last year, we were really pleased to see that the rest of the world agrees with our good taste. Exports to Europe and Asia are continuing, with discussions taking place to get the beers out to eager drinkers on the other side of the pond. We are also looking at increasing our bottling equipment so that we stop running out of bottled beer. So if you’re thirsty for a bottle of something internationally celebrated, get in touch and we’ll point you in the right direction.
It happened again. We released Southern Star as a seasonal last year, and we nearly got lynched when it ran out. Then we brewed Northern Star, which went on to two big awards in rapid succession and another abrupt sell out. Clearly something had to be done if we were going to escape with our lives. The problem is, the fantastic hops we use are in such limited quantities that we can’t get them throughout the year. So we worked very hard with our good friends at Charles Farams to procure the last of the crop in the US, and plan for those coming out of NZ. So if we got our planning right (and drinkers don’t get too greedy), we should have either Northern or Southern Star available permanently. Now that’s worth drinking to!
Andy at Beer Reviews was exceedingly patient waiting for my interview. For those that want to know a bit more about our crazy journey you can read it here:
Be sure to check out his reviews and other interesting articles.
We weren’t even aware it had happened. Top drinks trade magazine Imbibe was looking into the IPA beer style and conducted a secret judging, voting JJJ 3rd in the UK. That’s exciting news for JJJ, but not nearly as exciting as seeing Colin Heapy in his custom made JJJ shirt for the Maltings Beer Fest. I guess we know what to celebrate with!
Thanks to Phil at Beer Merchants Cave Direct for cheekily entering us into the judging without telling us. And if you like your American-inspired, hoppy creations, go check out what Phil is doing in his spare time at Brew Wharf in London. Too bad London is so difficult to get to from Somerset, or I’d be hanging out there regularly. Oh, and they have JJJ and Fusion (as if you needed the push)…
If you can’t make it all the way to Hong Kong for Dim Sum, how about something a little closer to home – real ale with sausage. Those experts at Ales By Mail have been sourcing some of the most interesting and highest quality sausage in the UK. And looking for the best quality, most interesting things, it’s no surprise they wanted to pair them with Moor Beer. Now you can pick and mix from their impressively extensive range of sausages and pair them with your favourite Moor Beers. Sounds like the perfect excuse for a BBQ to me!