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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

What's Going On?

It's been a while since I last posted on here, heck I've only just noticed I haven't even written up my last brew, but there's been a very good reason for that! I've been busy setting up as a microbrewery, so obviously my time and attention has been diverted elsewhere. The brewery is simply named - Macclesfield Brewing Company (or Macc Brew Co. for short). I toyed around with various names for a while, but in the end decided to keep it geographical. Macclesfield is becoming a boomtown for beer, we have lots of bars, pubs and bottle shops selling hundreds upon hundreds of quality...dare I say it? Craft...beers. It made sense to get a foothold in this growing scene.

Macc Brew Co. certainly is not going to set the world on fire, not to begin with anyway! I'll be sticking with the same 100 litre kit I've been using for home brewing and producing limited bottle runs of beers I would find interesting if I had spotted them on the shelf of my local bottle shop. There won't be a core range, instead opting to brew beers based on what ingredients are available around the time of brewing, though no doubt I will probably end up re-brewing anything that has proved popular, I mean it is a business after all!

I've not 100% decided on what the first beers will be, but I want to hit the market with something interesting, so I'll probably go with tried and tested beers that have been highly acclaimed by other folk in the past. Obvious contenders would be DANG, my Lime Pickle IPA and just in time for Christmas, the Black Forest Stout (although there may be a twist). So far I've had some encouraging interest from bottle shops in the area, so much so that I reckon I'll only just be meeting demand straight out of the traps, which will look great on the books for when I want to upgrade the brewery!

I shall be doing my first commercial brew this weekend, so with any luck we will have beers on the shelves in a couple of weeks’ time. If you want to keep up with what's happening with the brewery you can find us on Twitter under @maccbrewco.