Frankie Kearns

SCHÖNE EICHE – Available NOW!!

We’re on a roll, another new beer will be live on-site from FRIDAY 2nd OCTOBER-

See review here by Roger Protz on OUR Marzen and the history on this style – link HERE

Schöne Eiche is our first ever Marzen, a traditional Bavarian beer of choice for Oktoberfest – an amber lager.  This style is rarely brewed in the UK, which makes it all the more special.  Over 50% of the grist is made up of Munich Malt, providing a rich malty taste and a lovely amber colour.  Vienna malt gives it a biscuity base and of course, a lot of German Pilsner Malt.  All the hops used are traditional German hops, producing a mild bitterness.  There is depth and fullness plus a slightly sweet finish.

Schöne Eiche meaning Beautiful Oak in German, is a celebration of the many oak trees which adorn our park.  Nothing shows off their brilliance more, than the changing of the seasons.  National tree both here and in Germany.

We also must give two special mentions about the imagery used on our can. Firstly, to Tim Clifton who caught this amazing shot in Richmond Park.  ‘Red deer under red oak in autumn.’  Thank you for allowing us to use this picture which fitted in so perfectly with our autumn amber beer.

Secondly, we must thank the Friends of Richmond Park, without them we would never have found this picture.  It’s the main October image for this year’s Richmond Park calendar and the beautiful 2021 calendar, with 45 wildlife and landscape images, is now on sale from https://www.frp.org.uk/shop/

Keep an eye on the web-shop.

 

 

Tread Lightly New BEER ALERT!!

Joining the amazing assortment of great beers, we have the return of one of our favourites, here’s the background-

‘TREAD LIGHTLY’

A couple of years ago, we joined forces with Friends of Richmond Park to help promote a nature conservation campaign called ‘Tread Lightly’, which was launched to help protect London’s very own National Nature Reserve; Richmond Park. The campaign features a film from David Attenborough, which urges people to look after the park.  You can watch the film here

To spread the park love we launched a limited edition beer called ‘Tread Lightly’ with all ingredients from the UK, including hops from an Epsom garden thanks to Jackie and Chris, who not only grew the hops, but also helped pack the beer.  Legends.

Richard Gray, Chairman Friends of Richmond Park and film producer said, “it was a natural fit for us to team up with local brewer, The Park Brewery, to amplify the campaign’s messages and engage people at a local level. The Park Brewery has many loyal and local fans that we are sure will get behind our campaign and follow David Attenborough’s simple steps to take care of the park.”

Richmond Park is our heartland and we’re still delighted to be get behind a campaign to celebrate, and preserve its beauty. Given its name – Tread Lightly – has a low carbon footprint and a low ABV (3.2%).  It’s a session beer with delicate and subtle flavours and hints of tropical fruits. We hope to reinforce the key messages of the campaign and remind people to leave nothing behind and take nothing away when visiting the park.

The picture on the can, are the actual hops used in the brew and taken by Josh Kearns on the day they were harvested.

Tread Lightly will be on sale from 28th September 2020. It will be available from local independent bottle shops close to Richmond Park and on our webshop

///lovely.venue.earth

We have a new beer out.  YES!  Going on-line here tomorrow and available for the weekend, here’s how it came about…

Sometimes all the bad news streaming in can feel pretty depressing.  We wanted some positivity around us.

At the height of lockdown, we found ourselves turning to Richmond Park more so than ever, for respite from the news and a break from the glow of screen-based home schooling.

During this time of reflection and inspired by the desire for customers to be able to imagine themselves in the sanctuary of the open air, we began experimenting with the new innovative location system  what3words. Bingo!   We located a spot with a very special combination of words ///lovely.venue.earth and an idea for a new beer was formed.

Here it is, a Kveik IPA celebrating some of the best ingredients from around our lovely earth, and a new style for us. From Norway, Kveik (meaning ‘yeast’ in local Norwegian dialect) is an ancient strain of yeast, originally used in Norwegian farmhouse beers. It is super-fast and able to ferment at high temperatures. Wheat and oats create a rich, balanced smooth texture and then the beer is dry hopped with Galaxy from Australia, Nelson Sauvin from N.Z, Idaho 7 and Pekko from the US, which, when combined create a heady mix of fruity flavours including citrus, peach and passion fruit, as well as earthy and piney undertones. Yes, it’s hazy too.  We like it like that.

What3words.com have created an efficient mapping system, by dividing much of the world into 3×3 metre squares and giving each square three associated words thus pinpointing its exact location.  The words have been translated into 45 languages and are now utilised by emergency services as a means to help find and rescue those trapped in unpredictable or dangerous locations. There are over a million squares just in Richmond Park alone!  The Park Brewery is thrilled to work in tandem with what3words, to promote this new innovative system and celebrate the lifeline of the natural world, that has provided respite for so many of us, through these hard times.

///lovely.venue.earth urges you to take a moment to reflect on life’s simplest pleasures; a cold beer after a challenging cycle in the park, a picnic on a sunny day, or the chance to simply sit amongst nature wherever you may find it. Josh, once again is responsible for the image on the label, taken from the location itself. If you can’t make it to the spot in person, you can still take in the view. (Broomfield Hill – near Kingston Gate, Richmond Park).

Give it a try, sit back, relax and enjoy 🙂

Phantom in The Park

We’ve recently re-released our popular, Phantom Kolsch style lager, a clean, crisp and fruity beer – perfect for those stay at home, lazy summer afternoons.  This is a hybrid beer made with ale yeast and then cold stored.

Richmond Park played a key role in WW2.  A Special Recon Unit was set up, maintaining vital lines of communication from the front line to London.  Radios and motorbikes buzzed into action, stacks of equipment was brought into Pembroke Lodge and a huge amount of skilled workers were enlisted, not to mention, the 500 carrier pigeons, bringing messages to and from France.

Available to order in 440ml cans or 5L mini-kegs.  Please visit the SHOP

 

Reasons to be Cheerful

Part 2…

We’ve just re-released this one, stacked with Cascade and then dry hopped with one of our favourites, Vic Secret, this is zingy, grapefruity, tropical, summer pale.  Available in 440ml cans. Order here

All of our beers are named after places or stories in our local park, the national nature reserve, in SW London, Richmond Park.  We’re not the only ones who love it.  Ian Dury of the Blockheads has a bench dedicated to him in Poet’s Corner, inscribed with a title from one of his biggest tracks, “Reasons to be Cheerful.”  Apparently, he loved to bring his children here. It used to be known as the ‘talking bench’ as you could sit admiring the view, while listening to some of their best tunes, via a solar powered MP3 player. After a few years general wear and tear, it was replaced with a QR code on metal plates which can be scanned with a smartphone and you can listen again, to some of their best recordings, including: Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick, What a Waste and of course, Reasons to be Cheerful.

More info on the precise location of the bench, can be found here

Thank you to the Ian Dury Foundation for allowing us to use this name as well as ‘Rhythm Stick’ IPA, which should be back soon!

Image by Josh Kearns, the view from the bench.

 

 

 

Tap Room – Not Open Yet

A little update regarding our Tap Room.  At this stage we don’t have plans to open.  Having reviewed the guidelines, taken into account both your safety and our own, it’s too soon for us.

We miss seeing you and having our lovely space full of happy people, but hopefully we’ll be re-united soon and when we are, we’ll make sure we have plenty of amazing beer ready for you.

Instead of opening for on-trade, we’ll remain open every Saturday between 3-6pm for you to pick up some tasty delights.  Don’t forget to come and see us.  We have lots of cask ale in 3 and 5L formats, plus cans, gift packs and mixed cases.

Wishing you all the best of health 🙂

 

 

 

To clear or not to clear?

Fining / using clearing agents, in our cask beer has always been an issue for us and something we’ve never been comfortable with.  When we started the brewery in 2015 all the beer was un-fined and hand bottled. In 2016 when we moved up from a 200 litre kit to 600 litres, we started casking our beers for local pubs. We never really wanted to use finings, but at the time, there was an expectation for cask ale to be clear, and due to the small kit, we needed to turn beer around quickly, so we succumbed.

We don’t mind a beer with a bit of haze and feel crystal clear beers can look overly manufactured or mass produced. All of our ales are dry hopped which in turn, can make a beer hazy. We’ve always used the barest minimum of finings, as we feel it affects the aroma and is therefore counter productive, when adding expensive aromatic hops.  If you state a beer contains finings on the cask label and there is a bit of haze, a landlord can be unhappy about it, and rightly so, as they end up having to deal with potentially unhappy customers, who like clear beer.

So we’ve been wanting to cut out this process for sometime now.

Since the pandemic hit all of our beers have been un-fined. Finings have a best before date, so to give our cask ale the longest shelf life possible we stopped using them. We’ve been racking the beers in the brewery for the 3 and 5L beer boxes for the last couple of months, although they have a little haze to them they still look, taste and smell great and we’ve had no complaints from our lovely customers.

They are therefore also vegan friendly.

We’ll see how it goes when the pubs re-open, but for now un-fined is the way forward for us.

 

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Summer Update

As we start heading back to some kind of normality, we thought we’d update our blog and let you know what’s happening.

Firstly, as you may have picked up, we’ve purchased our own second hand canning line.  At last, we’re able to can our own beer on-site whenever we choose.  This means more beer, more choice and more opportunities.  We’ve also switched to 440ml tins, at least for now.  They’re available to purchase via our on-line shop.  If you’d like to order a mixed case, please order one product and in the ‘notes’ section of the order form, state what combination you would like, or email us direct ‘theparkbrewery@gmail.com’

Soon, the pubs will begin to open up and we’ll be ready to get our beer out to them, when they need it.  It goes without saying that pubs, bars and restaurants will need our support and as long as we follow their individual guidelines, they’ll make sure we’re all safe.

The home deliveries will continue, free for those within 5 miles of the brewery (KT1 3LG).  It’s our intention to set up a national delivery service for our cans in the next month.  Look out for that if you’re a little further afield.  Apologies, that we’ve not always been able to manage next day delivery.  We do our best!

We can’t thank our customers enough.  You’ve propped us up at a very challenging time for us all.  We remain incredibly grateful to you all.  Your orders and kind donations have also raised over £500 for Kingston Hospital Charity.

Stay safe.

Team PB

 

 

 

 

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