Town's Brewery Prepares For The Cold Winter Months With A Seasonal Winter Warmer

The long awaited dark winter seasonal brew ‘Old No 6’ hit the bars over the weekend.  Joule’s customers have been crying out for a dark and brooding winter warmer and Mark Leedham, Head Brewer at Joule’s has answered their prayer, describing it as an early Christmas present.


The winter warmer name, ‘Old No 6’ gives reference to the Joule’s archive and adds some historic Joule’s colour.  The original inspiration behind Old Number Six came from an unmarked trial brew of a dark beer, titled No 6.  No records exist that this ever went to market and was a likely trial brew for one of the many Joule’s celebration ales.  It also happens to be the 6th dedicated brew since the new brewery was built so the beer named itself.  The brewery has further plans to explore the archive, and has plans in the future to produce some of the original Joules beer’s as seasonal guest beers.

Mark Leedham, head brewer comments, ‘I knew we wanted dark – the trade was telling us that.  I knew we wanted a winter warmer- the time of the year was telling us that.  So that gave me a guide to the alcohol, character and approximate colour.  I took the rest of my inspiration from beers I’ve made in the past and making something different for Joule’s.  There’s some roasted barley for a creamy head, which helps in a well-known Dublin Stout.  There’s a lot of Munich and Crystal Malts, just like a ‘Double Bock’ I once made to celebrate the 800th birthday on my home city, Liverpool.  There’s a good balance between bitterness and sweetness to make it very different to the Slumbering Monk.  It’ll work well with Christmas foods, but equally well as a pint on its own.  I hope people enjoy it as much as me.’

Trudie Meredith from Joule’s explains the importance of the seasonal beer collection, ‘The launch of a seasonal portfolio has been a very busy, yet exciting time for Joule’s brewery. Developing a seasonal ale range allows our brewers to test and create interesting beer styles. By brewing a series of special editions – known as the seasonal collection, we can create more specialist beers and it brings life back to our core range.  It also shows our passion and dedication to the industry


To celebrate the winter seasonal, Joule’s Brewery held a pre-launch trade event at the Brewery Tap House, the Red Lion last Thursday, inviting local businesses, customers and tenants to be the first to taste this exciting beer, accompanied with some tasty festive treats.

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