Published on June 1st, 2013 | by Nottingham Drinker0
More Real Ale in a Bottle (RAIB – 96)
A couple of weeks ago Steve Westby invited me to join him in bike ride to Shottle Farm brewery (see brewery visit). After discovering that this meant catching the train to Belper and then being taken by the owner to the brewery I agreed.
Tony Laven subsequently collected us and after a brief stop (for refreshments at the Bulls Head, Belper Lane End) the brewery was reached; the tour took place and a bottled beer or two consumed.
Returning to Belper we visited the Fresh Basil Deli, 23, Strutt Street and bottles of Dilks (5% ABV) and Black Piggy Oatmeal Stout (3.9% ABV) were purchased and although subjected to travel by bike and train they were ready for consumption in only a few days.
First up was Black Piggy a dark and rich stout. Careful pouring kept the sediment in the bottle and I was left with a dark clear ale with a fine dry malty nose. The beer had medium to low carbonation and a pleasant fruity/malty taste which developed into a fine dry aftertaste.
Whilst at the brewery I asked Tony if the beer was named after some of the farm pigs and was rather surprised when he said it was named after the dog! Apparently the label designer they use is based in Scotland and when Tony had spoken to him Black Peggy became Black Piggy!
Luckily Black Peggy did not seem too upset and even allowed us to take her photo.
Whatever the beers name is I can confirm that it was excellent and very enjoyable.
The second bottle was Dilks Ale a fine golden copper ale. Before reaching the brewery a pint of this full bodied ale had been tried and I was hoping that the bottle version would make the grade. I was not disappointed the beer had a hop nose with traces of fruit and the hop bitterness was strong enough to be dominant but not overpowering. The aftertaste was dry and smooth making it very moreish.
The beers are brewed using local Spring water and Dilks uses local honey to get the right bitter/sweetness balance. James Emslie, Head of Brewing, is to be congratulated on his beers and they are well worth searching out and adding to the cellar, for those occasions when you are not able to get to the pub.
Bottles of Shottle Farm beers can be purchased from Chatsworth Farm shop, Pilsley; Croots Farm shop, Duffield; Fresh Basil deli & eaterie, Belper and the George & Dragon, Belper.
For more information about the brewery and its range of beers visit the brewery web site
In the last edition of ND reference was made to a special bottle conditioned beer that had been brewed by Lincoln Green Brewery for my 60th birthday. After waiting for a few weeks I finally opened a bottle of ‘Ludlow’s Classic’ and can confirm it exceeded all my hopes and expectations. A big thank you therefore to Anthony and Martin at Lincoln Green – a wonderful present and one which I will enjoy for some time to come.
Shops selling RAIBS
1. Flipping Good Beer Shop, 11 Main Road, Gedling 0115 9876345
2. Local not Global Deli, 51,Chilwell High Road, Beeston 01159 257700
3. The Deli@ Radcliffe, 29, Station Terrace, Radcliffe on Trent 0115 933 3039
4. Canterbury’s Delicatessen, 93 Melton Road, West Bridgford. 0115 9812365
5. Canterbury’s Delicatessen, Main Street, Keyworth. 0115 9373116