Three Gloucestershire Breweries In Collaborative Brew For Cheltenham Beer Week

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Photo caption (L to R): James Bubb (Prescott Ales) Gareth Moore (DEYA Brewing Co.) Theo Freyne (DEYA Brewing Co.), Dan Bell (Prescott Ales) Hugh Joslyn (Gloucester Brewery) Jared Brown (Gloucester Brewery)

The first Cheltenham Beer Week will run from September 16th to 25th and will feature around 80 events at 27 venues across the town. Of course thirsty people will need something to drink, and what better than a local collaboration beer?

Three breweries: DEYA Brewing Company, Prescott Ales and Gloucester Brewery were commissioned by Favourite Beers to brew up something a little bit special to mark Cheltenham Beer Week.

The brewers got their heads together in July and decided to brew a strong (7.5%) American-style, Double IPA (or DIPA), utilising lots of flavourful American hops. This style was chosen for a number of reasons – firstly it is very unusual for this area, with none of the local breweries having yet brewed a beer of this style. It is also one of the styles of beer that is becoming very popular across the country with just about every one of the upcoming ‘new wave’ of craft breweries having produced outstanding DIPAs in the last 12 months.

Having drawn up a recipe and obtained the ingredients, two brewers from each of the breweries met together on Friday 5th August at DEYA’s impressive new brewery (near to Cheltenham Railway Station) for a very enjoyable brew-day. The grain bill was ‘Mashed-in’, the boil had the requisite amount of hops added both for bitterness and aroma/taste and the hot wort was cooled and transferred to the fermentation vessel where the Prescott Ales yeast was added to perform that magical transformation that creates beer. Several iterations of dry hopping will follow to boost the aroma and flavour profile, before the beer is transferred to a conditioning tank to develop further.

The beer, around 1,000 litres, will be packaged in three different formats – cask, keg and 330ml can – at least one of these formats (sometimes all three) should be available from the majority of beer week venues. All of the collaboration beer has already been sold to participating venues.

Warning: this is very much a one off, limited quantity beer, when it is gone – it is gone! So make sure you get to try it and join in our celebration of Cheltenham as a beer town.

For the technically minded the DIPA recipe is:

Malts

156 kg Extra Pale

104 kg Marris Otter

16 kg Wheat

16 kg Oat

12 kg Munich

+ 45 kg Dextrose Sugar

Hops

Chinook, Simcoe, Amarrillo and Mosaic.

Timescale

The beer will ferment for 6-7 days. This will be followed by 8 days of secondary dry hopping, then 15 days of further conditioning.

2 thoughts on “Three Gloucestershire Breweries In Collaborative Brew For Cheltenham Beer Week

  1. I worked in Cheltenham for a couple of years just prior to CAMRA’s birth. I am seriously considering revisiting to see how the beer scene has improved. Well it couldn’t get much worse than it was back then! I worked in Prestbury and the pub most visited was the Plough. Hope it’s still there. I would appredicate guidance on present Cheltenham watering holes as imagine it has completely changed since the 1970s. Have been an active CAMRA member for over 40 years and am keen to see how Cheltenham has changed. Am currently editor of North Hampshire CAMRA Beer Lines magazine.
    Cheers!
    Jim Turner

    1. Jim,

      Thanks for the post, Cheltenham is becoming a great place for the beer drinker these days. Places to try are (and not limited to) : The Jolly Brewmaster, Brewhouse and Kitchen, The Fire Station, Sandford Park Alehouse (Currently CAMRA National Pub of the Year), The Cheltenham Motorclub (Historically National Club of the year, usually gets to the final 4), Wild Beer (For more modern drinking, no cask) and the The Kemble. You may want to check out recent copies of GBG for more ideas.

      With regards to the Plough, it is still trading and is a great country pub.

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