Crumbs Brewing

Year: 2018

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Crumbing and Grinding…

Hello Crumbers!

Where did time go?? Sorry it’s been so long since we posted. We’ve been busy keeping a lot of you hydrated during the long hot summer. Our Sourdough Pale Ale seemed to be going down particularly well, as did the continuing popularity of our Reigate Beer Walks (if you haven’t been yet check out our next dates and availability HERE). Thanks so much to everyone that has continued to support us.

 

Exciting News

Now the nights are drawing in and its getting a bit chillier we have some hot off the press news to warm you up. Tomorrow we start brewing our brand new Rye Coffee Porter. We’re soooooo excited!

For those of you that haven’t heard us bang on about our plans to develop this beer in the past, our Rye Coffee Porter will not only use leftover Rye loaves from Chalk Hills Bakery but also make use of the huge amount of used coffee grounds the cafe get left with every day. It’s a double whammy against all things wasteful. We’re adding a spot of grinding to our crumbing!

To be brutally honest, the reason it’s taken us a little longer to develop this beer than expected is that we weren’t happy with some of our early recipe ideas. That was until the lovely team at Union Hand-Roasted Coffee stepped in to help out. They provide Chalk Hills with all their coffee and were really interested when they found out what we were up to.

The challenge is that used coffee grounds alone can impart a lot of bitterness. They suggested we also complement the grounds with some of their new cold brew coffee. We loved this idea and Nigel, our master of all things brew, was even more excited as it opened up the opportunity to use this beautifully smooth and cold filtered liquid at the fermentation stage rather than simply in the mash.

So that’s what were going to do! As with our approach to a lot of things in our short existence we’re cracking on with the brew tomorrow after having made a fair few tweaks to our recipe, so there’s always that bit of trepidation to find out what the final product tastes like. We’re pretty sure it’s going to be a cracker though. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook to find out how we’re getting on. With any luck you’ll be able to get your hands on a bottle of a gorgeous 7% Rye Coffee Porter later this month.

 

Did someone say FREE???

While we’re in a good mood we’ve also got a final piece of good news. October is going to be FREE DELIVERY month in our online shop. Yes – FREE! Perfect for you to stock up post summer or even get yourself prepared for the festive season (although seriously, if you are already buying Christmas presents you really need to take a long hard look at yourself in the mirror 😉 ). Cases, mixed cases or our ever popular 3 bottle gift pack all delivered direct to your doorstep for nada, nowt, nothing.

Click HERE to get ordering!

Thanks Crumbers – have a great October and keep your eyes peeled for the new brew….

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“Luke, I am your father” *

Father’s Day is fast approaching

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away a young Jedi was wracking his brains with what to buy his father for Father’s Day. Yes, he’d recently discovered that his Dad was an intergalactic warlord and the biggest villain in cinema history but, hey, even those kinds of Dad deserve a present.

*Yes, yes I know the quote in the blog title is incorrect and, indeed, shortly after finding out who his father was the Jedi in question wasn’t considering what present to buy him but actually throwing his body onto a large bonfire, but just run with it. I was struggling to think of a suitably random intro to this blog.

Anyway, never fear Master Luke – Crumbs Brewing are here for you. We have the Father’s day present to end all Father’s Day presents. Indeed, because you are reading this blog (and let’s face it you are probably one of a very small number that actually do) you have the chance to get your hands on a present not actually available ANYWHERE else.

A celebration of Reigate’s rich brewing history

It’s not just a three pack of our Crumby beers, which in it’s own right is a pretty stellar present. But its a three pack of limited edition, retro labelled, hand signed bottles of our beers. That’s got to be better than a new pair of socks or a Haynes Manual on how to maintain a Death Star?

These beautiful limited edition bottles were created by the awesome local business Dreamraven. Designed to celebrate the recent launch of our local beer walks they could have been produced by Reigate’s Mellersh and Neale – at one point the one of the largest brewer in the South East.

If you were’t aware Reigate had such a rich brewing history then make sure you book a place on one of our  Reigate Beer Walks (indeed maybe buy a ticket for your father as an extra present – he’d be a VERY lucky man). You’ll get a fascinating tour of the historic brewing sites in Reigate followed buy a chance to taste our Crumby beers and those of the mighty Pilgrim Brewery (including a quick look around their newly refurbished brew kit). Buy your tickets HERE

Never fear though – our limited edition bottles contain the fresh and delicious beer we brew today. Each pack contains one of each of our brews – the Sourdough Pale Ale, our Bloomin’ Amber Lager and the dark, rich Rye Ruby Ale. They are available exclusively from us and (as there are only c.20 sets) they are only available for local delivery. Get your skates on, it’s first come, first served…

Buy your pack at the link below.

Buy our three pack vintage edition

 

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Can you feel the love tonight…?

I’ll resist breaking into my best Elton John impression (or re-enacting a scene from the Lion King). Not because it wouldn’t be good – I have a voice like an angel, or at least that’s what I tell myself in the shower in the morning. Give me a loofa and some echoey acoustics and I’d have the judges on The Voice spinning so fast they wouldn’t know what’s hit them.

Anyway, as usual, I digress! The point I was trying to make is, on the eve of Valentines Day, we are definitely “feeling the love tonight” at Crumbs.

We just realised it’s been almost a year since we wrote our first ever blog post, a point when we had no idea if we could even make decent beer out of left over bread. Some might argue that we still don’t know how to make decent beer out of leftover bread, but thankfully they seem to be in the minority! In our loved up mood we’re just so grateful to the support we’ve had so far from so many people. We’re at a stage where we have these three beauties on our hands. What a year it’s been and what exciting times lie ahead!

 

Lights, camera, action!

One person we’re definitely feeling love for at the moment is local photographer and all round cool dude Michael Little. They say a picture speaks a thousand words and his awesome pics of our beers are delivering a whole dictionary of sexiness. We always set out to make different beers that truly reflected the style of the loaves that make them and that comes through so well in these shots.

 

The willingness of local businesses to support us on our journey has never failed to amaze us (sometimes it helps when you get them drunk first before asking for the help). Michael and Carole have been so generous with their time and expertise we owe them big time.

 

Coming to a pub near you…. hopefully

One big decision we’ve made in the New Year is to start putting more of our brews in kegs and cask. It’ll give us the opportunity to pour you delicious pints at the festivals and markets we’ll be at this year and hopefully break into the local pub trade a bit more. Keep your eyes peeled for us on a pump near you (and if we’re not, demand that the landlord speaks to us and threaten to take your business elsewhere ;-).

It also means we’ll be making an appearance at the Reigate Tunnel Beer Festival this year with casks of our Rye Ruby. Even more excitingly (and I’m telling you this as long as you keep it under your hat for now) those casks will be brewed in partnership with Reigate’s finest – Pilgrim Brewery.  After all the effort they’ve put into redeveloping the brewery and adding delicious new brews we are over the moon to finally get the chance to brew together. Watch this space!

 

 

Hope everyone has an awesome and loved up Valentines. Those of you that’ll be receiving one of our gorgeous gift packs are truly lucky people. Unless you don’t actually like beer and your partner has just bought it for you as a thinly veiled gift for themselves. In which case we suggest you reappraise your choice in partner.

BIG LOVE,

Team Crumbs