Breaking news…The beer is gone!

Yes…you heard right!

After an intense 2 month season which was sprung on us with little warning, we have only just been managing to keep up with the demand for local ales by brewing a different brew each week since the beginning of July, but you thirsty AOS supporters drank us dry this bank holiday weekend!

We bottled some Schiller on Monday after running out of our golden ale early August and already have some Association and Challenger brews in the fermenters which should be in bottles and ready to go on September 21st!

Minnehaha and Nancy fans will be pleased to hear that as soon as the fermenters are cleaned we will be brewing these again…something tells us that these will be popular whatever the season and occasion!

Poor T.W Lawson has had to have a rest this summer! We ran out of our porter right at the beginning of summer! We have been toying with the idea of tweaking the recipe slightly to make it a darker porter for the next brew so there will be a proper dark ale in our arsenal!

Our home delivery service has been well received. We have been leaving crates of beer in holiday accommodation, on beaches for yachts and inside sheds to name just a few of our hiding places!

It has been really nice to meet everyone even though we have not opened the brewery to the public this year. Thank you to everyone for supporting us this summer – it has definitely been one to remember for lots of reasons.

Right, enough chat…that beer isn’t going to brew itself!!

The beer will be back – you can stop panicking now!

xx

We’re still here!!

Hello Scilly Brew Crew,

I can not believe I haven’t done a blog for so long and so much has happened!

I thought I should let you all know that we are still here on Scilly and supplying lots of you with ales both on and off the rock. So many of you have been ordering online which is great – thank you for supporting us during these unusual times.

Like most seasonal businesses, we were ready and raring to go for the 2020 season and had a brewery full of stock poised for delivery to the many outlets here on Scilly when lockdown started. Now, some weeks later, Scilly is discussing when and how we could open for the 2020 season and welcome some visitors back to the islands safely.

We are tentatively trying to get back to a kind of normal ready to welcome friends and family back to the islands and we hope to see you all as soon as it is safe to do so.

Stay safe everyone

x

2018…what a year!

Firstly I would like to say thank you to you all for your continued support over the last year!

It has certainly been a busy year with lots of events, new and exclusive brews, new customers, VIP brewers and new members joining the team…in particular Brewery Dog and our first Brewery baby, Daphne, who arrived in November!

Terrier known as Brewery Dog on a blue Kayak

The year started colder than I have ever experienced Scilly with a good covering of snow in February and into March. We were not actually brewing at the time due to Bender, our bottling machine, awaiting a new pump from Ireland but I was out flower picking until the snow got a little too much and covered most of the Narcissi!

Ned and I have done over 30 brew days this year which included 2 exclusive brews for Karma St Martins and 1 exclusive brew for Juliet’s Garden. we have also introduced Nancy and Minniehaha into the Wrecked on Scilly Range; Nancy a darker, sweet, hoppy bitter and Minniehaha a strong pale ale with some Citra hops thrown in for good measure! Both brews were showcased at the CAMRA Kernow Falmouth Beer Festival in October and received well so watch out for these in 2019.

In May, Ales of Scilly sponsored the Emma Louise girls at the World Pilot Gog Championships and saw them get to 38th in the WORLD! Even though the weather closed in and organisers had to cancel one of the heats it was still a great weekend for everyone and our ales – Scuppered Too and Giggle ale – went down a storm with the rowers!

We popped up on the mainland at a few events including Newquay Gig Clubs Men’s Nationals weekend where we supplied an extra special ale in memory of rower Paul Summers. This ale also made it to the Newquay Beer Festival. The Falmouth Street Food and Craft Ale Festival had a cask of Nancy on their vegan bar run by our friends at The Beer Man.

Vegan has definitely been a buzz word for 2018 and we have made sure that all our standard ales are vegan friendly (unless specifically requested otherwise) and to support our vegan ales we hosted a pop up vegan night in the brewery in October to celebrate the end of the season. This was a bit of a trial for us and is something that we will be looking to do a lot more in 2019 so watch this space for special Scilly Brewery events in the new year!

We would like to wish you all a happy and healthy 2019 and a stress free Christmas.

Lot’s of love, from us all at the Scilly Brewery.

xxx

A long hot summer in the Scilly Brewery

Hello!

Long time no speak…completely my fault and I must admit to indulging in the ease of Facebook and Instagram to share things rather than to write a nice Beer Blog to keep you all up to date with what is going on in the UK’s most South Westerly brewery!

The winter was a cold one but the weather has more than redeemed itself since the snow in February and the Scilly has been spoiled with long hot sunny days with little wind and amazing sunsets! Although with the sunshine has come water shortages so we have been particularly vigilant and doing our best to conserve water at the brewery during this dry spell.

The brewery itself has been full on busy since the beginning of the season and we have just about been keeping up with orders for the islands whilst also getting out to enjoy the beautiful weather! (Even Brewery Dog has been embracing the water around Scilly and going swimming and kayaking at every opportunity!)

Terrier known as Brewery Dog on a blue Kayak

This season we have taken on 3 exclusive brews for local businesses. Juliet’s Garden and Restaurant are now proud owners of their very own Garden Gold – a very drinkable IPA that is a perfect accompaniment to their amazing views and has been going down an absolute storm in the sunshine. Then over on the gorgeous St Martins, Karma Hotel and Spa now have two ales made exclusively for them; a dark and hoppy bottled “Whipped and Laid” with slight chocolatey maltyness and a summer pale ale on tap going by the name of the Sir Cloudseley Shovell soon to be available in bottles too!!

We still have a couple of new brews coming out for the autumn beer festivals including Falmouth and Newquay so watch out for us on the mainland too!

x

The things you find on a small island in the Atlantic…

I am always amazed by the amount of treasure that washes up on the beaches around Scilly and the hidden treasure troves that exist in homes and buildings!

Yesterday a friend had posted a little collection of pictures of some dark, rusty, dusty items on social media that used to be exhibited at the old Longstone cafe and visitors centre. I got quite excited!

Now, I know I should have been instantly drawn to the old wooden barrel that is falling to bits and would look perfect in a brewery, I know that, but I wasn’t! I instantly fell in love with an old mangle and raced up to The Longstone Lodge (www.longstonelodge.co.uk) to pick it up! (Don’t worry, I did get the barrel too!!)

It was like a proper wrecking mission, only on dry land rather than over rocks and sandy beaches!

So now we have an old mangle and an old barrel in the brewery, and aren’t they beautiful?

Old mangle and wooden barrel in the brewery

Watch this space as I have plans for these wonderful finds!

J

x

The latest addition to the brewery family…

I’m thinking of opening up the brewery as a unique sanctuary where you can see all the different styles of arachnids that Scilly has to offer.  We have quite a collection of the eight legged beasties and with autumn fast approaching, I’m sure there will be more. (If you are not a fan of these freaky (but apparently harmless) creatures, then do not read any further as this whole post is about them, there is no mention of beer (only that mention) so you are not missing anything!)

This isn’t the first time in my life that I have had a spider collection. On the mainland I went through months every year of humanely removing very large house spiders from my bath every morning. I admit to sometimes having to do the “damsel in distress” and getting someone to get them out for me as they wouldn’t fit in a pint glass.  There was one occasion that a friend removed a rather large specimen from my bath only to be replaced by a larger one the very next morning and I am pretty sure it had eaten the one that had previously been encouraged out of the window!

Let me introduce the latest addition to the brewery collection. Joining the rather beastly looking Doris, the false widow (yes, she really is and a big one at that!) and her clan of smaller versions of her that have taken up residence in the bug zapper (they aren’t stupid!), the random orange one that keeps appearing around the place looking angry, not to mention the little black ones that are kind of cute and the fairy ones that get themselves into mischief all over the place (they always seem to be in the worse place possible and are not good swimmers.)

This new one is the size that begs the question – “where have you actually been hiding?” (similar to how I feel about wild deer…where do they hang out as you very rarely see them?!) I’ve taken the liberty of photographing this newbie, who has yet to be named (suggestions welcomed) and introduce him to you all:

So, with further ado: AoS fans – meet [insert name here] (standard breeze blocks in wall for scale!)

Large spider on the wall of the Ales of Scilly brewery

If you can think of a fitting name, please get in touch! He is part of the brewery family now –
might put him to work moving some barrels…

Why a Brewery?

Lot’s of people have asked me this question since I took on Ales of Scilly in March 2017!  Some with a knowing glint in their eye and a wry smile on their face as they know I am fond of a good pint of local ale, some with a look of despair as they imagine Scilly to be a bleak and isolated wilderness. My first response was “why not?”

To me Scilly is a special place that I have always been drawn to.  I remember getting up early in the morning to get the boat across for the day with my mum and sister, often dragging friends with us to spend the day traipsing around the islands in the pouring rain but loving every second of it – even in rough weather on the Scillonian!

In the last 2 years, Scilly has become my new adventure and home.  There are so many opportunities on these islands and the brewery has so much potential, after all, Scilly is regarded as 2000 alcoholics clinging to a rock!

But ales aren’t about getting off your face drunk, nor should it be at all associated with any form of antisocial behaviour.  Ale is more than just a drink; it is a topic of conversation between you and a stranger at your local pub, it is a natural process with its roots set deep in history.  The same process has been passed down from generation to generation, each tweaking it along the way, for hundreds of years – it is a little bit of history in a modern day glass or, if you prefer, your own personally engraved pewter jug (and yes, I know people who will only drink out of their own jug – you know who you are!!)

Ales span the seasons – a pale, hoppy, chilled ale on a beach with a BBQ and friends in the summer is one of my favourite things to do.  But then in the winter, the cellar cooled, maltier ales become the perfect accompaniment to a comfy seat in front of the local pub’s log burner.

Over the past 15 years or so, ales seem to have had somewhat of a revival, a re-invention.  In my teens I would have to settle for the “old mans” bitter!  Luckily, growing up in Cornwall meant that in some places I would be spoilt with the latest local ale and I must admit to being an avid Doom Bar drinker back then (my taste has changed a lot since then!)  Friends who were buying rounds would not even bother asking me what I was drinking if they had spotted Doom on tap, something that is now quite a common sight across a lot of the country making Doom a great export for Cornwall but for the discerning ale drinker all a bit too common.

In my 20’s I discovered the beauty of Skinners brewery and their hoppy loveliness of Porthleven – still one of my favourite ales.  In my 30’s I started gig rowing and as all gig rowers know, with rowing comes a thirst usually only quenched by a cold pint of something.

My curiosity grew from there and now, here I am, with my Ales of Scilly crew, making my own ales and hoping to encourage more people to give it a try.  There is an ale for just about everyone out there – you just have to give a few a try and chat to some locals in the real ale freehouses – some may even allow a little taster before you commit to a full pint!!

That is “why a brewery?”

Our new website is nearly complete!

After what seems like a lifetime as most website projects go, our new website is live…

Hopefully you will find your way around the new site easily and without any hiccups.

If you are having any difficulties please get in touch – we will do our best to help you even taking orders via email and telephone.

Any feedback is gratefully received.

Lots of love

Jen and the Ales of Scilly team

beer@alesofscilly.co.uk
07737 721 599

 

New owner and first female brewer for Ales of Scilly

(Official press release)

Ales of Scilly was set up on the beautiful Isles of Scilly in 2001 by Mark Praeger, a retired teacher from the islands with a passion for brewing.  Over the last couple of years Mark has been considering retiring (again!) and handing over the brewery to someone with as much passion and drive as he had when he started.

“The brewery is my baby!  I wanted someone to take it on who would be able to continue its growth and popularity both locally and potentially into Cornwall and Devon.”

Mark advertised the brewery locally and received a lot of interest from the community but was swayed by the enthusiasm and varied experience of Jen Trevithick.

Jen, originally from Falmouth, Cornwall, took on the brewery early this year after spending a few months as Mark’s apprentice.

“I have to admit, I had never brewed before I met Mark but I absolutely love the process – creating something from scratch for people to consume that is so natural and has so much history attached to it makes me proud.”

History of brewing

Some of the earliest records of brewing go back to 4300BC.  It was an exclusively female industry – even having a goddess of beer, Ninkasi.  Beer fashions have changed considerably over the years but there is currently a national rise in female brewers. (or brewsters to give them their traditional name) These ladies are being credited with assisting with the growth in the beer industry.

Scilly Events Calendar

Jen has a lot of plans for the brewery.  She will be supporting a lot of the events that are happening on the isles whilst supplying the bars, cafes, restaurants and shops on the 5 inhabited islands.

“There is a massive drive to use local produce on the islands.  Organisers from a number of events have already approached me and are looking to support local businesses where possible.  I am looking forward to a full events calendar for this summer and in the future.”

Having a background in marketing and events management, Jen has some plans for events for the brewery itself…watch this space!