In 1814 in the London Parish of St.Giles, a colossal vat of beer ruptured and sent 400,000 Gallons of beer merrily sloshing through the streets. Several streets were flooded. It is not known whether residents were ale to source enough peanuts and potato crisps to make a party, or how many sore heads there were in the Parish the next morning.
After months of planning, we are finally moving to our new home next week. In common with other Cumbrian Breweries (Bowness Bay, Hawkshead, Tirril), we will no longer actually be situated in the town that bears our name but in the beautiful village of Morland, just a few miles from Appleby.
We will be situated in the old stables of Morland House, a grade two listed, former, well, stables.
Appleby Brewery is on the moveMarch 1st 2016
As well as offering us a superb facility, with brewhouse, shop and function space for brewery tours, our new home also has gorgeous grounds and gardens that our visitors can enjoy.
We will be comencing brewery tours and also running a series of courses and workshops, from a one-day "How to brew beer from Grains like the pros do" to an intensive four-day "Everything you need to know to start your own brewery" workshop.
In the UK, one of the beer types that is less commonly found nowadays is the 'Old Ale'. Typically, an Old Ale type is a beer with an Alcohol by Volume (ABV) value of 5% or greater and is usually hark brown or Dark Red in colour.
However, when the Egyptian pyramids were explored, they found traces of malted barley inside, along with other artefacts. As you will know, Malted Barley is the primary constituent of ale. It seems that, as long ago as 550 BC people wanted to send their pharaohs into the next world with the ability to make a good beer to fortify them for the journey.
We do not know the style of beers they might have made but, irrespective of colour or ABV, i think it is fair to say they were very Old Ales!
You may have noticed that India Pale Ales (IPA's) such as our own Midlife Crisis, are usually hoppier than regular ales. It is entirely possible (and completely understandable) if you have noticed this and not given it any further thought. However, if you HAVE ever wondered why this might be, well today is your lucky day!
In the days of the British Empire, they used to ship beer from the mother country out to the colonies in India. Because of the long voyage and the hot climate of the destination, more often than not, the beer was spoilt by the time it arrived at it's destination.
They then noticed that hops had good antiseptic properties and, moreover, that if they increased the concentration of the hops in the beer, that the beer would not spoil en route and would arrive at it's destination in ready-to-drink condition.
That the drinkers then developed a taste for the extra hoppy beers (the genesis of today's 'hophead' drinker), was a happy accident borne out of the necessity of making the beer transportable.
And so the classic, hoppy IPA was born.