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Guest Brewery #4 Magic Rock

Magic Rock BreweryHave you looked in the fridge at your favourite beer stop and been blinded by brightly coloured cans? It’s probably one by Huddersfield breweries Magic Rock who became national favourites almost immediately.

Magic Rock CansThey started as a trio back in 2011 and the team has grown to 30, helping to supply the increasing demands and run their tap room, open 6 days a week.

Inspired by the American craft beer scene the 3 beer fans wanted to create something similar, to sell locally, which, back in early 2011 wasn’t easy to find. These days their beers are bold, unique but delicious. They like to be creative with ingredients but priorities taste over experiment and they’re available in cask, keg, bottle and can. Magic Rock haven’t reinvented the wheel, they have just improved the performance with their proactive attitude.

High Wire Magic RockHigh Wire is their ‘go-to’ beer, popular on tap or in cans, you’ll have seen it in the Ale Club. This West Coast Pale tastes of what Magic Rock were first inspired by, American pales. It’s full flavoured, hoppy and 5.5%, memorable, unless you have a few too many. The term ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ isn’t one that Magic Rock live by as they have reinvented their classic with a second version of the best seller, High Wire Grapefruit, perfect for those who love a punch of tart pink grapefruit infused in their beer.Magic Rock Grapefruit High Wire

Inhaler is a new favourite to the Magic Rock pale family, this session comes in at 4.5% and it’s tropical fruits make it easily drinkable for a sesh.

Magic Rock sours Salty KissSours aren’t for everybody but Salty Kiss is a great introduction for newbies, sharp on the first taste but the gooseberries settle down into something refreshing.

Their adventurous side comes out with the triple coffee porter, Common Grounds whilst they cater for the lager louts with Dancing Bear which will embarrass the corporate brewers.

Their tap room is based on the outskirts of Huddersfield city centre and opens Tuesdays to Sundays. At weekends they host events, food and brewery tours. For more information about Magic Rock visit their website.

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Guest Brewery #3 Vocation Brewery

Vocation Brewery LogoJeez, January was tough, right? Well, we’re in mid-Feb now, we’ve finished gifting for Christmas and Valentines and we are seeing the first signs of spring, exciting! We spent last month embracing Tryanuary, we tasted some lovely beers and Vocation Brewery were one of our favourites. We aren’t even going to be subtle about it, head to the Ecclesall Ale Club and we’ve got their finest  pales on the bar.

If you buy your craft beers from the supermarket then you’re probably aware of Vocation Brewery. The Hebden Bridge brewers have their cans in major supermarkets across the UK and their bold branding stands out. It’s simple but affective. It might be just a black can with a brightly coloured slogan such as ‘Pride & Joy’ or ‘Life & Death’ but it screams “drink me now”.Vocation cans

Not only is it visually appealing but the contents of the can are equally impressive. Like all good brewers, Vocation have found a formula and mastered it, the pales came first (sessions, IPAs, APAs) then they branched out to the Pilsner because there’s always somebody wanting a lager… They brew over 17,000 pints worth of beer a week! Vocation Brewery is relatively young but built with experience as it was founded by John Hickling who previously owned Blue Monkey Brewery in Nottingham.

The IPA is always a great introduction when converting a lager fan to an ale, Brewdog’s Punk, the Jaipur by Thornbridge or the Goose Island IPA tend to be the go to but Vocation’s pales are full of fruity flavours with a hoppy kick that entice the tastebuds without being over-powering and intense.

Vocation at Ale ClubCans from your local supermarket are fine but a freshly pulled pint is far more superior and we currently have Pride & Joy and Bread & Butter on the bar. You really don’t want to miss out.

Who doesn’t love a tab room? Drinking from it’s source is always a winner and Vocation & Co. is a collaboration with locals. They are open 7 days a week in West Yorkshire and if you get hungry, fear not, they have tacos! It’s well worth a day trip, more details on Vocation & Co and Vocation Brewery can be found on their website.

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Guest Brewery #2 Tryanuary Edition Electric Bear Brewing Co.

Guest Brewery Electric Bear Brewing CoAs beer lovers we always have great pleasure of discovering new breweries, such as Electric Bear Brewing Co. that was why we wanted to launch the Ale Club. Since opening we’ve seen the bar constantly rotate with beers brewed from around the world, crafted with unique flavours.

Tryanuary is all about celebrating independent breweries, there’s so many who are doing a great job, making it hard to choose just one, but sometimes you’ve gotta be ruthless like Simon Cowell.

Electric Bear Brewing Co. from Bath have been going down well so far this month. Werrrd! is the perfect session American Pale. Coming in at 4.2%, the subtle fruity flavour gives a balance leaving you wanting more.

The Bath brewers started in 2015 and they have gone from strength-to-strength. After establishing themselves in their first year when they mastered the classics which have become the core to their collection. These beers have been picked up by suppliers and pubs around the UK (including the Ale Club). Their beers include a range of IPAs (black, double, American-style), red ales, pilsners, porters, stouts and of course the APA.

Creating the perfect APA is great but Electric Bear like to have fun. Prior to forming the brewery, the team were all home brewers (some continue to do so for the love of it). They knew that they could make a decent beer but it wasn’t easy to be consistent when working in poor conditions.

Like true craftsmen, it was all hands on deck to build the brewery that they wanted, allowing them to excel and share their passion in the easiest way. They faced challenges but you can taste the triumph in every pint, especially those more experimental beers that are brewed on a small scale.

If you are visiting Bath (apparently it’s a nice place) on a weekend, the Electric Bear tap room is open Fridays 12pm to 10pm and Saturdays 2pm to 6pm. Not only can you enjoy a pint straight from the source but you can bring the whole family as it’s child and dog friendly too!

For more information on Electric Bear Brewing Co. visit their website. Want to try? Get to the Ale Club ASAP, it won’t be around for long!