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.
WE WILL BE OPEN FOR TAKE-OUTS ONLY
SATURDAY 27 JUNE 2020
NO HOME DELIVERIES!
PLEASE ORDER VIA THE SHOP
Any questions please email: email@example.com
We’ll open up the front door and serve from there, outside.
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 ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’
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.
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: email@example.com
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.
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:
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
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
This would be easier, especially if you’d like the 5L options. Please email us at:
We can take payments via stripe.
On-site: CARD SALES ONLY. NO CASH.
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
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-
- On-line beer sales
- Home deliveries
- Teaming up with a local food business for a ‘meal on wheels’ type service
- Working with our community and helping the vulnerable in any way we can (we have a truck for starters)
- 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.
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.
Fancy a yomp in the park? Not really been the weather for it, so it’s probably better to settle for a Yomp in the pub. Our new amber rye ale is a very quaffable tasty little number. Dry hopped with Ekuanot and Simcoe, it has flavours of oranges and stone fruits. Look out for it in a pub near you OR come and try it on a Friday or Saturday evening down the Tap Room. Details on our events page 🙂
We are sorry to announce that our amazing, gold award winning, Lemon Sour IPA cans have been recalled. More importantly if you have one in your possession, please be sure to dispose of it carefully (details below).
Due to an unexpected secondary fermentation in the can, accelerated by the recent heat wave, some of the cans we have in storage have been exploding. It is most likely due to the lemons, used in the conditioning process, prior to packaging. We will be looking into this in more detail to avoid it happening again.
We are removing them from all shops and outlets and have disposed of all the remaining cans at the brewery.
If you still have a can, please make sure you handle with care. If it is stored in a fridge there is a good chance it will be ok and still drinkable cold. If it is not, then be careful, as the pressure has built up inside the can and it is very likely that the top will explode. We are using rubber gloves and goggles to dispose of the cans, placing them in a bucket of cold water and then opening them under water and disposing of the contents. In some cases, just moving the cans is enough to make them blow, so please keep at arm’s length and be extremely cautious.
We are absolutely gutted about this and sorry to anyone who has been affected. It is a real shame that such a great beer (probably one of our best) has come to such an abrupt end, however, the safety of our customers comes first.
Please handle with care and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us firstname.lastname@example.org