Frequently Asked Questions

Help and Advice Direct from the Brewery

How do I go about ordering a cask of beer for a private party?

How long can I store my mini-cask before using it?

  

How do I go about ordering a cask of beer for a private party?

(a) Calculate how much beer you want - we generally work on 50% of the men at a party drinking real ale and then you need to multiply that number by 1,2,3,4....pints or however many times you want depending on how boozy the group are! This is only a rule of thumb for a general do and wouldn't apply at a Temperance convention or a CAMRA member's birthday party.....use it wisely....

(b) Work out how many 9 gallon (72 pint firkins) and/or 4.5 gallon (36 pint pins) you need for the amount of pints calculated in (a). Please note that we can't supply part casks (we have been asked for this in the past!).

(c) Decide how you want to dispense the beer - we charge a hire rate for a hand-pump (like the ones you see in pubs) or we can lend you a tap if you are happy to just pour it out.

(d) Decide which beer you would like (see cask products) - if in doubt go for Hen Harrier as everyone will like it.

(e) Call Richard or Sarah on 01200 443592 giving as much notice as possible.

(f) Beer needs to be collected from the brewery after 3pm - ideally on the day before it is to be served. It should be put in place to settle the evening before serving and kept at a temperature as close to 11 degrees Centigrade as possible.

(g) Casks and any dispense equipment needs to be returned to the brewery as quickly as possible.....if we don't get the stuff back then we can't let the next people have it and we'll have to stop supplying private parties.

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How long can I store my mini-cask before using it?

It depends! Our mini-casks contain live yeast and, if you store them above 10 degrees centigrade, the yeast continues working (ie producing carbon dioxide) which can makes the beer lively after a month or two! The beer won't go off but the excess carbon dioxide means that it will be difficult (and messy) to open the mini-cask and the surge of gas leads to the sediment being disturbed so the beer will need to settle for a day or two before serving.

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