“Let the Countdown Begin!”
Believe the hype- Portland House opening is imminent! It has been a long slog through various ups and downs, hoops and hurdles however it is with great joy and excitement and the best kind of jittery nerves that I can tell you we’re opening to the public on Thursday 29th October. It’s currently all hands on deck as the bar is taking shape and furniture is being delivered. Tiles are being selected and lighting installed. The bar is set to receive its first Welbeck beer delivery on the 26th October, ready for you all to try on the 29th. Tom, Matt and the whole brewery team look forward to throwing open the doors and welcoming you all. We’d like to encourage your feedback via Twitter and Facebook so please, don’t be shy…
In other news we’re really looking forward to the 41st Steel City Beer festival in Sheffield’s Kelham Island district. Not only are we supplying beer but we’re also one of the sponsors. Out of the 6 beers you’ll find from Welbeck, there are core favourites and monthly specials. For more details on the selection available visit their page here: http://www.sheffieldcamra.org.uk/festival
November is fast approaching and with that in mind it’s time to introduce the Monthly Specials that will be available in a good outlet near you- or Portland House if you’re in Sheffield! Without further ado here are our three November specials:
‘Nightingale’, an English IPA brewed with Goldings and UK Cascade at 5.5% is a celebration of English hops and traditional brewing. Golden and well-rounded this is a great expression of English hops and barley malt, taking its name from one of Welbeck’s cropfields.
‘Porter Oak’, a new brew for this year is a strong, spiced bonfire beer- brewed at 5.0%. It’s a dark libation with caramels, liquorice and a hint of smoke; perfect to warm the cockles of your heart on a cold November evening. On the estate there once stood two oak trees named the Porter Oaks; one of which still stands at over 500 years old. This beer celebrates the heritage and forestry management that has survived throughout the many years in the estate’s productive history and long may it continue.
‘Ernest George’ is a deep ruby ale brewed at 4.2% and has earnt its badge as a clear favourite among pub goers throughout our delivery radius. Ernest George was an architect who laboured to rebuild and restore one of the wings of Welbeck Abbey after it was completely destroyed by fire in 1900. This beer pays homage to the great man and has been brewed in the style of the era using a carefully balanced blend of roasted malts to give distinctive coffee and chocolate notes.