Artisan Project

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The Artisan Craft Beer Project:
Be part of our Artisan Project
We like to try new things…we love to try new beers.
A bearded chap thought to himself: 
”I love brewing and I enjoy foraging.  How can I share my adventures in brew exploration with everyone else out there?”

…and so the Artisan Craft Beer Project was hatched.

Craft Beer in Old Town - Swindon

We are already developing new and fresh beer recipes as well as innovating brewing methods.  Each and every batch worthy of sharing with you will be available to try.
The first set of brews are now live:

Brew #’s 1-3:  2014 Harvest Pale Ale

 

Artisan CrAft Beer Project - Swindon

Old Town Craft Brewing presents our Artisan Project:  Craft Beer with a forager’s twist from Swindon.  Brew #s 1-3 are Green Hop Pale Ales from our 2014 Fresh Hop Harvest.

Freshly harvested Green Hops on Pale Ale base

Brew #1

Pale Ale

+ Torpedo

Hopback

+ Santiam Dry Hop

Brew #2

Pale Ale

+ Torpedo

Hopback

Brew #3

Pale Ale

Brew #4:   2014 Harvest Porter & Foraged Elderberries

Artisan CrAft Beer Project - Swindon

 

Old Town Craft Brewing presents our Artisan Project:  Craft Beer with a forager’s twist from Swindon.  Brew #4 is a Porter spiked with freshly foraged Elderberries.

 

Deep Porter based on Fresh Green Hops + Foraged Elderberries

Brew #4

Porter-Stout

+ Green Hops

+ Fresh Elderberries

Brew #’s 5-7:  “Great British Wheat Beer”

 Artisan Craft Beer Project - Swindon

Old Town Craft Brewing presents our Artisan Project:  Craft Beer with a forager’s twist from Swindon.  Brew #5-7 is a set of British Wheat Beers of 3 experimental variants…made from the same base beer you’ll be interested to taste the differences.

English Wheat Beer (Weizen/Weiβier) –Fruity, Sweet & Spicy

Brew #5

Weiβbier

+ English WB Yeast

Brew #6

Weiβbier

+ English WB Yeast

+ Spice (Cardamom & Pepper)

Brew #7

Weiβbier

+ Aussie

WB Yeast

Brew #’s 8-9: “2014 Saison”

 Artisan Craft Beer Project - Swindon

Old Town Craft Brewing presents our Artisan Project: Craft Beer with a forager’s twist from Swindon. Brew #8-9 is a duo of Saison (seasonal sour beers – traditional in Belgium)…two extremely contrasting versions made from the same base.

2014 Saison Beer – Sour & Spicy Belgian style from freshly harvested green hops:

Brew #8

Saison

Dry Hop

Chai Spice

Brew #9

Saison

Dry Hop

Brew #’s 10-11: “Blackberry Porter”

 

Old Town Craft Brewing presents our Artisan Project: Craft Beer with a forager’s twist from Swindon. ‘Brews #10-11:  Blackberry Porter’ is a duo of London Porters blended with organic, foraged blackberries.  The fresh fruit gives a subtle twist & complements the lingering bitterness.  Each brew is the same beer but trialled with two different yeasts…

Artisan Craft Beer Project - Swindon

Blackberry Porter: Craft Beer from the Artisan Project.

 

London Porter

+ locally foraged blackberries

Porter

+ English Yeast

Porter

+ Kiwi Yeast

Brew #’s 12-13: “Wild Sour”

 

Old Town Craft Brewing presents our Artisan Project: Craft Beer with a forager’s twist from Swindon. ‘Brews #12-13:  Wild Sour Beer’ is a duo of Sours loosely based on the traditional Belgian Lambic style.  These were made through ‘spontaneous fermentation’ utilising the early summer breezes and an open fermenter to get those tart and edgy notes & flavours from wild yeasts.

Each brew is based on the same sour beer but then each seriously dry hopped with a contemporary hop:

Brew 12:  Japanese – Sorachi Ace

Brew 13:  Australian – Vic Secret

Not for the unadventurous – these sours are pretty damned tart but are proving popular among sour enthusiasts.

Wild Farmhouse Sour (Lambic)

Wild Sour (Lambic)

Wild Sour

Wild Sour

(Lambic)

+ Sorachi Ace (Japanese) Hops

Wild Sour

(Lambic)

+ Vic Secret (Australian) Hops

This project is all about experimentation & this dual batch is a classic trying out the effects of dry hopping.

Brew # 14: “Wheat Beer”

 

Old Town Craft Brewing presents our Artisan Project: Craft Beer with a forager’s twist from Swindon. Brew #14:  English Wheat Beer – a mellow craft Wheat Beer modelled on Weißbier of Munich with hints of banana & spice.  Our take includes European malts and a balanced lineup of noble, aged-wild British & new-world aroma hops.

English Craft Wheat Beer

English Craft Wheat Beer

 

Wheat Beer

Brew #14

+ Saaz

(Noble Hops)

+ Serebrianka

(Russian Hops)

Craft Beer in Old Town - Swindon

Awakened: June 2015

Brews #15-22

Here’s a snapshot of brew# 15-22:

Brew# 15-16:  American Pale Ale

ABV:  5.5%  / Bitterness:  Medium (36IBU)  /  500ml

Dry Hopped:  Brew# 15 – Chinook / Brew# 16 – Serebrianka

Brew# 17-18:  American IPA

ABV:  7%  /  Bitterness:  Medium (32IBU)  /  500ml

Dry Hopped:  Brew# 17 – Serebrianka  /  Brew# 18 – Perle

Brew# 19-20:  Blonde Ale

ABV:  4.5%  /  Bitterness:  Medium (27IBU) / 500ml

Hops:  Brew# 19 – Aged Dry Hop  /  Brew# 20 – Cascade Hope Oil

Brew# 21:  Green Hop Pale Ale

ABV:  5.5%  /  Bitterness:  Medium (31IBU)  /  330ml

Hops:  packed with 51 hops in each bottle freshly picked from the brewery garden autumn of 2015.

Brew# 22:  Black IPA

ABV:  4.5%  /  Bitterness:  Medium (30IBU)  /  330ml

Dark, funky and IPA.  Simple.

Brew# 23:  (Out of) Saison

ABV:  5.5%  /  Bitterness:  Low-Med  (23IBU)  /   Cask only

A quirky Belgian style farmhouse ale fermented slightly warmer for bold character and brewed especially for the Red Lion beer festival in Cricklade Spring 2016.

Brew# 25:  Easy Pale Ale

ABV:  4.5%  /  Bitterness:  Medium (29IBU)  /  330ml & Cask

Easy Pale stuffed full of fruity notes based on 6 different hop types including Ella and Calypso, the latter giving that unmistakable hit of blackcurrant.

 

Brew# 26:  Green Hop 2016

ABV:  5.5%  /  Bitterness:  Extreme  /  330ml

Brewed as part of the Co-Hop project featuring homegrown and wild hops from in and around Swindon. Primarily plucked from Old Town plants and delivered directly to the brew house. The initial notes and flavours are typical for a English ale / IPA. However, the after kick is heavy on bitterness with a lingering puckering. Beer geeks, so far, have loved it but be warned – it’s a bit of a challenge to average beer drinkers!

 

All Artisan Project beers are brewed on a one-off limited edition basis and are available at local fayres in and around Swindon, as well as direct by contacting us through:

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We are Old-Town-Brewery.com.  In Old Town, Swindon.

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