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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

 

 

 

 

Your Questions Answered!

Hi

Here we go, hopefully this helps:

Q. How long do the 5L mini-kegs/bags in boxes last once opened?

A. Best consumed within 5 days.  Drink fresh!

Q. Where should they be stored?

Somewhere cool, fridge ideally, otherwise, we keep ours in the garden.

Q. How long do the 5L mini-kegs/bags in boxes last unopened?

A.  Approximately 3-5 days, but strongly recommend drinking fresh, for best results.  Again, store in a cool place.

Q. The bag (in the box) is swelling, is that normal?

A. Yes!  It’s fine.  As soon as you open it up, the pressure will ease off.

Q. Can I get a mixed case of cans?

A. Yes.  Please email us about this while we figure out how to set it up.  Theparkbrewery@gmail.com

Q. Where do you deliver?

A. We’re offering free home deliveries for those within 5 miles of the brewery.  (KT1 3LG). This may change, but we’re completely maxed out at this time.

Q.  When do you deliver?  How long do I have to wait for my beer!!!?

A. For orders Monday – Thursday, you’ll have your beer the next day.  Orders placed on a Friday night Saturday or Sunday, will receive the beer the following Tuesday. We don’t deliver on Sundays or Mondays.

Q. Is the shop open to pick up beer?

Not at the moment.  But we hope to open it very soon.

Q.  What is the minimum order?

A. £25 to qualify for free delivery.

Q. Are they recyclable? (The 5L packs)

A. The metal mini-kegs can go into recycling.  We would love to be able to re-use them and are looking into it.  The bags and boxes – the cardboard can be recycled and bags, I’m afraid, cannot.

Q. What measures are in place to ensure that the beer will be safe for me to handle and drink?

A. To ensure the safety of both our health, and yours, our mini kegs are submerged in brewery standard oxidizing acid sanitiser. All beer bags and cans are sprayed with the same solution which ensures that any bacteria which may have existed is killed off.  Protective, clean gloves are worn at all times, from our brewery to your doorstep.

Any other questions, please email us: theparkbrewery@gmail.com

 

Free Local Home Deliveries

Thinking of you all at this incredibly challenging time.  We are here.

We’re continuing on the free local home deliveries.  Our trusty truck is loaded each day with beer for our lovely local community.

We’ll endeavour to keep updating the web-shop with new beers to keep things interesting.  For now, sadly, we’re out of Gallows in cans, but we should have a fresh batch available from mid next week (8th April approx).

Wishing you the best of health, stay safe, let us come to you.

Home Deliveries and Beer Info

Update:

No time to lose as we race against the clock to get to you before potential lockdown.  We’re working on our on-line sales area, but in the meantime, see below our beer list and details of when we’re open and home deliveries.

If you’d like beer, get it from us.  Please look NO further. We have the following available-

Beer This Week

In 330ml cans:
Gallows 
American Pale Ale 4.5%
Super tropical, rich and well rounded with hints of mango and passionfruit from the amazing US hops Simcoe & Mosaic.
Bitter = 2 star
Sweet = 3 star

Spankers IPA
6%
A bold and deliciously tasty IPA with citrus flavours.  Dry hopped with Citra, Centennial and Simcoe providing a heady mix of lime and grapefruit flavours.
Bitter = 4 star
Sweet = 2 star

 

5L mini kegs/bag in a box/9 pints:

The idea is to change these options weekly.  This week we have:

Killcat Pale  3.9%
A highly moreish pale ale with grapefruit, lemon and resin flavours and a floral aroma from the dry hopping.  Dialled up in this latest batch – tasting amazing.
Hops: US Chinook & Centennial

Phantom 4.2% Kolsch
A fruity, light and delicate lager style ale, with a clean finish. Highly quaffable!

Yomp! 4.7% Amber Rye Ale
Brewed with Equanot and Simcoe.
Complex malt base. Sweet with flavours of orange peel and stone fruits from the dry hopping.

 

 

Prices as follows:

Single can = £2.50
4 pack = £9.00
6 cans = £13.50
12 cans = £27.00
£45.00 for a case of 24 (can be a mixed case)

All 5L packs = £25.00

Pre-Ordering

This would be easier, especially if you’d like the 5L options.  Please email us at:
Theparkbrewery@gmail.com
We can take payments via stripe.
On-site: CARD SALES ONLY.  NO CASH.

Opening Times

We will be open for off-site sales only at the following times this week (unless the advice changes):

Wednesday 18th March: 3 – 6pm
Thursday 19th March: 12 – 6pm
Friday 20th March: 12 – 6pm
Saturday 20th March: 12 – 6pm
Sunday 21st March: 3 – 6pm

Home Delivery Options

If you’re already housebound or unable to get to us, let us come to you.  If you’re within 5 miles of the brewery – that’s fine.  If you’re further away, let us know, because we may make exceptions depending on the size of the orders.  For home deliveries, please let us know by midday what you’d like and we’ll be with you the following day.  The same goes for couriering out cans.

NOTE: more than ever we are conscious of health and safety procedures – including the use of industry standard sanitisers, gloves, beard snoods (where applicable!) and hairnets which are worn at all times during production activities.  We continue to wash our hands before entering production areas and will not be at the brewery at all, if any of us feel unwell or are connected to anyone who is unwell.  The last thing we want to do is put anyone at risk.

Thank you for reading all this!

Best wishes for now

Team PB

 

We’re going through changes…

So, the world has flipped out.

What are we doing about it?  Well, like everyone else, we’re in full-on strategy and planning mode.  Primarily, we’re looking to get the following sorted ASAP-

  1. On-line beer sales
  2. Home deliveries
  3. Teaming up with a local food business for a ‘meal on wheels’ type service
  4. Working with our community and helping the vulnerable in any way we can (we have a truck for starters)
  5. Working with other local businesses to support each other

We have to pull together to get through this and already we’ve had amazing messages of support and generosity.  We’re incredibly grateful.  As usual, we’ll work as hard as we can to do what we do best, i.e. make and sell beer to our community and beyond.

Please keep an eye on this space for updates and look after yourselves.

 

 

About our Tap Room

Hey, just a reminder that our Tap Room will now be open every Friday and Saturday evening between 5-9.30pm.  We will serve a selection of our own beers in cask and in keg, as well as some specials from other breweries.  For the non-beer lovers, we have soft drinks, wine and prosecco.  There’s also food and cans to take home.  Really hope you can drop in soon.

Please keep an eye on here and our socials for updates on Easter opening times which may differ.