Friday, 26 September 2008

Outstanding Brewing


The lure of cut price beer brought large numbers of dedicated drinkers to a fairly anonymous industrial unit in Bury. This is the home of Outstanding Brewing Company Limited. By the time I arrived, a merry band led by Tyson, had been attempting to drink the place dry before the main body even got there. No problem though. Supplies seemed ample.

Dave Porter, the brewer and co-owner (who can certainly organise a piss up in a brewery) talked us through the plant and philosophy of the place. He has two brewing plants. A small 3 barrel brewery and a larger 30 barrel production plant. He teaches brewing from this location, constructs new breweries and in addition to the brewing operation, bottles and kegs beer on the premises. While cask ale is his main market, he will produce beer in other forms on request. All of his normal eleven beers are available as either cask, keg, Real Ale in a Bottle or filtered and stabilised in bottle. He also produces lager. Nothing will be under 4.4% abv as Dave feels the sub 4.4% part of the market is saturated enough. All beer is produced to vegan standards.

So what of the beer? The two cask ales on offer on our arrival were Blond (4.5%) and Standing Out (5.5%). Blond was citrussy with good body, but not heavily hopped. It was very drinkable. Standing Out was, as the saying goes, "dangerously drinkable" with good body, warming alcohol and a good hoppy nose. Later as things deteriorated and judgement became clouded, a bock and a strong barley wine were trotted out. The barley wine as particularly good, with warming alcohol and a very hoppy, bitter taste. Somehow I missed trying out the bock. I also enjoyed the Pilsner Lager (5%) which had perfumy hops and great drinkability.

Dave is still tweaking his recipes and getting his production right, but watch out for these beers. They are good now and will get better!

We left at eleven. I got a text from Tyson waking me up, shortly after half past two in the morning. He had just left the building.

8 comments:

Tyson said...

A damn fine brewery visit, that. Glad you could make it. Who'd have thought you could actually spend too MUCH time in a brewery! Sorry about the late texting. We didn't realise how late it was till we tried to get a curry. I finished up on the Stout, btw. Or did the Stout finish me? Although, by that time, I was past caring, really.

Tandleman said...

Stout? Damn. I'd have liked to try that.

Don't tell me you can't get a curry in Bury at a quarter to three? What is going on there?

Tandleman said...

I should of course have said "quarter to three in the morning"

Tyson said...

The Stout was very, very good. When I get a chance I'll try and get you a bottle. Actually, there is now one very enterprising curry place that delivers until 5am. Obviously catering for drunks coming out of breweries. Unfortunately, we didn't have the number at hand. So we had to get some poor sod out of bed and demand a brew and dining facilities. Er, sorry, Mr S.

Tim said...

I had some Outstanding at Stockport BF and it was pretty good.Haven't seen it anywhere else though.Presume you'll have some on at Bury BF?

jon said...

A lock-in at a brewery.I'm impressed!

Tandleman said...

Tim - I am sure we shall.

Nigel said...

Standing Out and Stout were available at the Edgworth Real Ale Festival last weekend. I didn't get to the stout but Standing Out was as good as I expected it to be and probably the best of the beers I tried. Good thing there was a vegan antidote in the form of a pasty.