Together Again Series (Not done yet, do not publish)

Oct 29, 2021

The past 18 months have been incredibly difficult for all of us within the beer industry.

It’s been easily the most challenging period in Cloudwater’s existence. At times, we’ve wondered whether we’d make it through and honestly, we still have those moments now.

At the same time, the beer industry feels like it’s become more fragmented. The imposition of physical distance and a shortage of human interactions have opened fractures within our community and we certainly regret some of the situations we've been part of, brought about in no small part by the pressure all of us have felt to survive and do the right thing by the teams who rely upon us.

For much of the 18 months, we really missed working and relaxing with industry friends and we missed sharing drinks, laughs and lively chat in welcoming venues.

So, our Together Again initiative is intended to rebuild bridges, bring people together and celebrate the connections made through beer. It’s a celebration of the friends we love working with, the independent venues that share our beer with enthusiastic drinkers and the bonds formed through deep conversation and easy laughter in those venues.

These are some of the first in-person collaborations we’ve been able to brew this year and we’ve worked with seven different breweries on six beers that will be sold exclusively through independent pubs, bars and retailers.

The breweries involved are all smaller breweries who we believe deserve your time and attention. All of them are creating excellent beer with a strong sense of identity and personality, working hard to forge their own paths and create sustainable futures in challenging circumstances.

We’ve worked with them to create the following beers, which we’re really proud of:

The past 18 months have been incredibly difficult for all of us within the beer industry.

It’s been easily the most challenging period in Cloudwater’s existence. At times, we’ve wondered whether we’d make it through and honestly, we still have those moments now.

At the same time, the beer industry feels like it’s become more fragmented. The imposition of physical distance and a shortage of human interactions have opened fractures within our community and we certainly regret some of the situations we've been part of, brought about in no small part by the pressure all of us have felt to survive and do the right thing by the teams who rely upon us.

For much of the 18 months, we really missed working and relaxing with industry friends and we missed sharing drinks, laughs and lively chat in welcoming venues.

So, our Together Again initiative is intended to rebuild bridges, bring people together and celebrate the connections made through beer. It’s a celebration of the friends we love working with, the independent venues that share our beer with enthusiastic drinkers and the bonds formed through deep conversation and easy laughter in those venues.

These are some of the first in-person collaborations we’ve been able to brew this year and we’ve worked with seven different breweries on six beers that will be sold exclusively through independent pubs, bars and retailers.

The breweries involved are all smaller breweries who we believe deserve your time and attention. All of them are creating excellent beer with a strong sense of identity and personality, working hard to forge their own paths and create sustainable futures in challenging circumstances.

We’ve worked with them to create the following beers, which we’re really proud of:

 

All the beers will be launched nationwide on Friday November 12th at a selection of independent venues across the UK. We’ll update the list of participating venues below as they are confirmed.

 

North

Anchor & Hops- Warrington
Ancoats General Store - Manchester
Archive Bar & Bottle - Cheadle Hulme
Bargain Booze - Leyland
Batch Bottlestore - Altrincham
Beer Central - Sheffield
Beer Stop - Dronfield
Beermoth - Manchester
Beerwolf - Ulverston
Bundobust Piccadilly - Manchester
Cafe Beermoth - Manchester
City Arms - Manchester
Craft Brewtique - Manchester
Deansgate General Store - Manchester
Dexter and Jones - Knutsford
Ebenezers - Crewe
Ebenezers - Nantwich
Epicurean - Ancoats
Epicurean - Chorlton
Epicurean - Didsbury
Epicurean - Heaton Moor
Free Trade Inn - Newcastle upon Tyne
Fuggle & Golding - Ilkley
Hip Hops Beer Shop - Huddersfield
Hop Hideout - Sheffield
Hoptimist - Guisely
Indie Craft Beer - Kendal
Industry Tap - Sheffield
Kelham Island Tavern - Sheffield
Lancashire Bottle Shop - Chorley
Left Luggage Room - Monkseaton
Londis Penny Lane - Liverpool
Media City General Store - Manchester
Mitchells Wine Merchants - Sheffield
Nord - Whitley Bay
Northern Beer Temple - Wigan
Northern Type - Manchester
O’Briens Bottle Shop & Beer Cafè - Holmfirth
Plug & Taps - Preston
Premier Hop - Farsley
R&G’s Beer Vault - Macclesfield
Raynville Superstore - Leeds
Reserve Wines, Bents - Warrington
Rivington Brewery - Rivington
Salford General Store - Salford
Stretford General Store - Stretford
Shakespeare’s - Sheffield
Tap Select - Oswaldtwistle
The Beer Emporium - Sandbach
The Beer School - Bolton
The Bottle Stop - Cheadle
The Crown Hotel - Nantwich
The Hollies Farm Shop - Little Budworth
The Hollies Farm Shop - Lower Stretton
The Hop Shack - Horsforth
The Market Ale House - Leyland
The Reveller - Romiley
The Tap End - Preston
The Triangle - Shipley
Tin & Glass - Wigan
Trembling Madness - York

Scotland

Curious Liquids - Glasgow
Grunting Growler - Glasgow

Midlands & East

Bacchanalia Wine Merchants - Cambridge
Bayleys of Bromsgrove - Bromsgrove
Beer Garage - Northampton
Beer Hatch - Norwich
Beerhouse - Market Harborough
Bottlecraft - Stoke-on-Trent
Brew - Ashby-de-la-Zouch
Fat Cat Tap - Norwich
Haul! - Stourbridge
Hereford Beer House - Hereford
Hopwater Cellar - Newcastle-under-Lyme
Junkyard - Nottingham
Kraft Werks - Nottingham
Shume Bottle Emporium - St Neots
Simply Local - Burntwood
Stanford Arms - Lowestoft
Tap & Can - Shrewsbury
The Bailey Head - Oswestry
The Bank - Willingham
The Beer Garage - Northampton
The DB Bottle Shop - Leamington Spa
The Hop Vault - Stourbridge
The Paper Duck - Birmingham
The Plasterers - Norwich
Tonic Bar - Worcester
Two Brews - Colchester

Wales

Black Cloak - Colwyn Bay (Launching 19th November)
Black Boy - Caernarfon
Blue Sky Bach - Bangor
Bottle & Barrel – Aberystwyth
Craft Beer Cave - Llandudno
Craft Republic - Barry
Londis - Bethesda
STORI Beers and Wines - Bala
Tapps - Llandudno

South, South East, South West

Art and Craft - London
Beer & Beyond - London
BeerCraft - Bath
Beer Fly - Bedford
Beer Shop - St Albans
Big Scary Monsters Social Club - Oxford
Brewed Boy - Frome
Clapton Craft - Finsbury Park
Cobbets - Dorking
Common Rioters Beer - London
Coop Micro Bar - Hedge End
Cuckoo Taproom and Bottleshop - Exeter
Deadtime - Saffron Walden
Docker - Canterbury
Drink - Biggleswade
Eltham Wines - London
Farmer’s Boy - St Albans
Ghost Whale - London
Hopsters - Chelmsford
Hopsters - Ipswich
Hopsters - Leigh-on-Sea
Hop Stop ltd - Redhill
Jars Bar, Deptford - London
Liquorice Wine & Deli - Brentwood
MK Biergarten - Milton Keynes
No Boring Beer, Clapham - London
No Boring Beer, Deptford - London
No Boring Beer, Tower Bridge - London
Pegasus Tap Room - Canterbury
Pelican Inn - Gloucester
Pint of Hops - London
Red Elephant Beer Cellar - Truro
Red Hand - London
Seven Cellars - Brighton
The Craft Beer Cabin - London
The Dodo Micropub - London
The Fuss Club - Surrey/Online
The Gladstone Arms - Stowmarket
The Nags Head - Reading
The Pregnant Man - London
The Royston Micropub - Broadstairs
The Saltern - Lymington
The Taphouse - Deal
Three Hounds Beer - Beckenham
The Vineking Tasting Rooms - Reigate
Vessel - Plymouth
Warwick Real Ale - Warwick
White Hart Tap - St Albans
151 For The Road - London

 

Proper DIPA

Our 8th DIPA in our  Proper DIPA series is out this week, called Proper DIPA NZ edition, a perfect example of the beautiful things that happen when modern meets tradition.We've infused Southern Cross and NZ Cascade to accentuate the JW Lees yeast strain.This DIPA excels in both body and hop intensity, delivering a hearty hop medley characterised by quintessential NZ hop aromas of white grape, all culminating in an exceptionally dank finish.Enjoyed in the video by JW Lees brewer Matthew and available in our webshop now. 

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