Thursday, December 28th, 2017
It’s not every day that a brewery turns twenty-five, so we’ve decided to celebrate by brewing a bunch of beers with some of our favourite brewers and breweries across 2018.
Having initially set out to brew one collaboration a month, we ended up getting a bit carried away in approaching people and have ended up with seventeen lined up. Starting with our friends from Magic Rock, the list includes seven brewers who’ll be heading across the Atlantic to join us from the USA (Bale Breaker, Freewheel, Green Cheek, Odell, Oskar Blues, Ska and Yorkshire Square), one crossing the North Sea from Norway (Amundsen), whilst the guys from Tiny Rebel will be heading up from South Wales at some stage too. Three of London’s finest (Beavertown, Camden and Fourpure) will also be making the trip to Yorkshire, as well a handful of other top notch brewers from some of England’s finest breweries (Dark Star, Hawkshead, North Brewing and Thornbridge).
Beer number one was brewed with Stu from Magic Rock just before Christmas. Called Northern Powerhouse it’s a 4.5% session IPA, brewed using a blend of Azacca, Mosaic and Simcoe – with the emphasis on Simcoe – and has been fermented using Magic Rock’s yeast strain. It’s currently being dry-hopped and conditioned ahead of packaging and will be launched as part of a joint tap takeover with Magic Rock at North Bar in Leeds on January 10th. The beer will then be released in keg to our trade customers, whilst cans will be launched via our online shop (we’ll be tweeting about this once they’re ready to roll) and will also be available at quality, independent stockists for a limited time.
The best way to keep up to date with all of the other collaboration beers as they get brewed and launched throughout the next twelve months is to keep an eye on our Twitter feed.
In addition to Northern Powerhouse being available in cans, we’ll also have a limited edition 25th Anniversary Pale Ale available in cask, keg and can in January, as well as Scrambler – a refreshing, watermelon pale ale. All three beers will likely be available online during the week commencing January 15th.
As if that wasn’t enough, to help kick off our silver jubilee celebrations, all orders placed via our online shop throughout January will receive a complimentary copy of a 72-page magazine we’ve put together that chronicles Rooster’s first twenty-five years, as well as providing more information on all the breweries we’ll be collaborating with and more!