Sunday, 21 July 2013
Last Thursday, Hinckley pub-goers were able to sample the first beer from a new brewery in the town for over 100 years. The "Elliswood" brewery has been founded by 2 step-brothers and their first brew was trialled at the Queen's Head on Upper Bond Street from 5:00pm.
In the absence of the most active members of CAMRA, who had travelled to Rutland for a beer festival, there was little early competition to get a pint, though even arriving at 5:03 wasn't good enough to be first to the trough; I was only second. "Just One More" was aptly named as everyone who tried it had at least just one more; some of us managed to order just one more of "Just One More" several times !
"Just One More" is an amber beer, hoppy, bitter and very drinkable at 4.2%. It had apparently been planned to be 4.1% but the brew had other ideas; I don't think anyone argued about it, they just enjoyed the very nice ale. One of the brewers, Tracy Ellis, turned up to find out how his beer was being received and must have gone away very happy; the 9 gallon barrel was sold out by 8:15pm and many CAMRA members who rushed back from Rutland to try a sample were disappointed to miss out. I had told Phil, the landlord, that one barrel wouldn't be enough but .......... :-(
"Just One More" will. hopefully, be back on sale in the Queen's Head next Thursday and another brew, "Thirst in Line", is scheduled to be available at the Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival between 26th and 28th July. Here's hoping the old liver holds out !