Looking forward to baron rating Cheshire Brewhouse ales



I've been chatting with Cheshire Brewhouse brewer Shane Swindells on Twitter for some time, he's very passionate about brewing and seems pretty good at it based on the limited number of bottles that I've tried of his so far. Once particular tweet some weeks back really caught my eye though, where he mentioned that he was bottling a salted caramel porter

A few weeks later I got a message from Shane saying that he's dropped a sample bottle off for me at one of my local bottled beer shops, Holborn Ales in Ormskirk. I popped down there the next day to collect it and found that he'd left a couple of other interesting bottles for me too:

Good looking bottles full of lovely sounding beer!
The Cheshire Brewhouse
  • Govinda IPA (red cap*) - 6.8% IPA, barrel aged Head Brewers Reserve. An English IPA brewed to a Burton recipe from 1830ish, brewed with Pale malt and a large charge of East Kent Goldings.
  • Govinda IPA (silver cap*) - 6.8% IPA, barrel aged Head Brewers Reserve. An English IPA brewed to a Burton recipe from 1830ish, brewed with Pale malt and a large charge of East Kent Goldings.
  • The Smokehouse Porter - 6.2% slightly smoked, salted caramel, chocolate, sticky toffee pudding porter
The different coloured caps indicated which cask it came from, half of the brew went in one wine cask, and half in another. I'm not sure what wine casks they were, Shane if you are reading this, care to leave a comment below?

Update: I got a reply from Shane last night via Twitter, here are his words:

The diff between the two GOVINDA bottles, I bought two 225ltr Oak Casks.Both white wine, I believe they had come from Germany, I didn't want to do spirit casks due to grogging issues.

When I opened them, one had white wine in & the other had had Brandy in! I therefore purged both casks for 5 days with hot saltwater. And filled, the red cap was the white wine cask, silver cap the brandy cask.

Even though they barrels had been purged you can clearly taste the difference between the two
I think the brandy cask is softer with less wood, but I love both beers and I'm brewing the next batch of it with Chevallier malt and barrel-ageing that too in 4 barrels

Look out for baron ratings for these The Cheshire Brewhouse beers soon, and a big thank you to Shane Swindells (@shaneswindells) for sending them through to me!

Buy Cheshire Brewhouse ales from Holborn Ales

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