Author: Geoff

Twas the night before Christmas

And the fermenters were full!

Think I got maximum beer into this one – this is before it starts fermenting. A re-brew earlier this week of Citrus Pale Ale – Make It Real. Brewery is all cleaned up and no more brews until we have an empty fermenter free.

All our vessels are full and fermenting more beer. Spare a thought for our yeast(s) as they will not rest this Christmas.

We have:

  1. Safale S-04 British Ale Yeast fermenting Make It Real Citrus Pale Ale.
  2. Saflager W34/70 Munich Lager Yeast fermenting St Arman Munich Helles Lager
  3. WLP510 Bastogne Yeast fermenting Monkezunkel Belgian Ale
  4. Framgarden Kveik Yeast fermenting Messianic Barley Wine

A very big thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last few months. Have a lovely Christmas.

Availability and Pricelist 21-12

Stocks are dwindling for several beers. Stocks asre still good for Porter, Stout and Citrus IPA. Lager is in the fermenter. Next brews will be Make it Real and then Watchmaker – need to re-stock with low-strength pale beers.

We still have a small number of gift packs and the 12 Beers of Xmas available for collection.

Availability and Pricelist 18-Dec-20

Wow! You are buying quicker than we can make it at present. We’re thrilled at this but we don’t like to disappoint our customers. Note to self: I must brew harder.

We are now out of stock of the St Arman Lager. The last few are in gift packs. I did a fresh batch earlier this week so we should have stock again in a few weeks time. Realistically, this will be into the New Year.

Stocks are also getting low for Schnaison and B-Movie Monster. These are small batch beers so they are expected to sell out more quickly.

We still have some “12 Beers of Xmas” as listed above, when we are out of Lager we will replace with Schnaison – I would say substitute but the two beers are worlds apart in flavour and appearance.

Sargeants Butchers in Barrow have started selling our core range. This outlet is great for us in the centre of Barrow. The uptake has taken us a little by surprise and contributed to dwindling stocks. 

 

batch earlier this week so we should have stock again in a few weeks time. Realistically, this will be into the New Year.

Stocks are also getting low for Schnaison and B-Movie Monster. These are small batch beers so they are expected to sell out more quickly.

We still have some “12 Beers of Xmas” as listed above, when we are out of Lager we will replace with Schnaison – I would say substitute but the two beers are worlds apart in flavour and appearance.

Sargeants Butchers in Barrow have started selling our core range. This outlet is great for us in the centre of Barrow. The uptake has taken us a little by surprise and contributed to dwindling stocks. 

B-Movie Monster and Hopper IPA Canned

A busy afternoon on the canning machine. Will be labelled up and available from Sunday.

Two new beers:

B-Movie Monster, Red Rye IPA, 5.2% ABV.

Hopper, Citrus IPA, 6.1% ABV

Availability and pricelist will be updated Sunday

Coming very soon . . . 

12 Beers of Xmas

2x 440ml cans each of these beers:

  • Watchmaker Pale Ale
  • St Arman Lager
  • Hound of Darkness Porter
  • Impolite Stout
  • B-Movie Monster Red Rye IPA
  • Hopper Citrus IPA

Check the availability and pricelist from Sunday

Brewing Messianic Barley Wine and Monkezunkel Belgian Ale

Wednesday was a day for brewing big beer. Messianic is a 10.5% Barley Wine. This is a small batch of just over 40 litres, but it still fills the mash tun. This can give issues with wort flow to the kettle after the mash – but all went smoothly on this brew. Three American hops are used – Cascade, Azacca and Columbus – to give this barley wine a bright hop character, not like a stodgy traditional British barley wine. 

Brew-day is made easier by my RaspberryPi control-centre – it monitors temperatures for me and switches heater elements on-off automatically. Takes a lot of the stress out of brew day and lets me focus on testing pH and density.

This one will take some time before it is ready. You need to give the yeast plenty of time to get the final gravity down. It’ll then spend some time on dry hops and oak chips to add further complexity. And then allow more time for the flavours to develop and mellow. Maybe it’ll be available from February.

Another small batch brewed on Thursday. Monkezunkel is a 6%+ Belgian blonde ale. Belgian beer flavour is yeast driven so it is essential to use authentic yeast. Tuesday was yeast preparation day. I took 2 packs of liquid yeast [White Labs WLP510] and made a starter to grow yeast numbers by a factor of x6 to x7. This ensures a healthy yeast pitch for the fermentation. Yeast numbers are also important to get the correct outcome. And finally you need to ensure good temperature control during fermentation to get the right balance of flavour between phenolics, esters and higher alcohols.

It’s happily fermenting away today and the yeast seems happy. Should be ready some time in January.

Xmas Packs are ready!

December is here and our Xmas Packs are ready!

Each presentation pack will contain 3x 440ml cans. The packs are hand-stamped with our logo and Lewis will be sporting a festive hat. A perfect little Xmas gift for the beer lover in your life.

Pack01 One each of St Arman Lager, Watchmaker Pale Ale, Hound of Darkness Porter.

£8 per pack

Pack02 One each of St Arman Lager, Watchmaker Pale Ale, Impolite Stout

£8 per pack

Pack03 Dark Days. One each of Hound of Darkness Porter, Impolite Stout, Schnaison Brown Saison.

£8.50 per pack

More packs mixes can be made available if you have specific taste preferences.

Use the contact link to order or make requests.

Availability and Pricelist 27-Nov-2020

Impolite Stout is now available. This is a complex stout with lots of chocolate aroma notes and a very dry finish. This is sure to challenge the Hound of Darkness for your favourite dark beer this winter . . . . but maybe the Schnaison beats them both in this respect.

Make it Real stocks are now low but St Arman lager stocks have been topped up.

I’ll do an update about the Xmas packs this weekend, and we hope to have some great news about where you can buy Little Big Dog beer soon.

Availability and Pricelist

The table above shows what beers we have in stock and prices. If you wish to place an order then please use the “Contact” page. Let us know what you’d like and I’ll email you with details of how to pay. If you are local, we can then agree a time for collection or delivery.

Stocks of St Arman are low but there is another batch due to be ready in the next few weeks.

Charity Takeaway Curry Nights

Little Big Dog is proud to support Meridian Rotary Club and Bengal Village in fund raising for charity. The takeaway curry event has been a great success in the past – you get an excellent quality meal from Bengal Village plus support local charities at the same time.

We will be offering two beers in 440ml cans for you to enjoy alongside your curry:

St Arman – Munich Helles Lager 4.8% ABV and Make It Real – Citrus Pale Ale 4.1% ABV
Contact Bengal Village to book your collection time slot for Tuesday 3rd or Wednesday 4th November. Faz at Bengal Village has got a fridge full of the beers chilling down ready to add to your order.