A year has quickly passed at Fallen Acorn, we have stripped out Oakleaf Brewery, re-developed the brewhouse as Fallen Acorn, started a fantastic community of tap room regulars and produced 30 different beers in the past 12 months. Although we didn't start brewing until December 2016, Fallen Acorn became a business and a team in September 2016 so it seemed fitting to celebrate our first birthday in September whilst the sun was still out. It was a great event with hundreds of people coming to celebrate with us and enjoy a range of beers we brew regularly and specials from our pilot plant. We enjoyed live music and the last Barbecue of the season put on by the Skylark catering team, alongside 12 Fallen Acorn brews and a new one from Gosport's oldest brewery, Newtown. A big thank you to everyone who came along and who have supported us in our first year. First casualty was surprisingly our 5.2% pilot brewed Milk Stout; Safe As Milk. This was brewed with Single Malt Whisky, Coffee and aged over oak - a definite one to look out for in 2018.
We are just brewing two new Nutty Ales to replace the now sold out Dankashire Hop Pot and Pompey Royal, which both sold out in record time and seemed very well received. Our Autumnal ale is a Rye Beer infused with Rooibos tea called Rye Bos, this was one of the first beers we brewed on our pilot kit at the beginning of 2017 and one of the first ideas on the Fallen Acorn beer list. This will be available on cask at a pub near you in mid-November. Our second Nutty Ale will go on sale in December as our Christmas beer - Egg Nog Stout is a 5.3% Milk Stout with Yule time Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Dark Rum flavours, available in cask, keg and bottle.
Since our last post, our beers have been seen in a fair few new pubs and festivals. We are pleased to be supplying the Fur & Feathers, The Micro Moose, All Hail Ale, Solent Forts, 33 Green Bottles, The Witch's Brew and the Steam Packet Inn to name a few. Beer festival-wise, we've been at Ascot, Nottingham and Hampshire Oktoberfest as well as Romsey, Wemsfest, The Rockstone Beer Festival, and were the only ale supplier at Hapi Festival who we brewed a one-off beer for called Hapi Hour. A big one for Gosport at the end of October was the Queen's Hotel Beer Festival, we saved a cask of our Russian Imperial Stout, Crimea River since January especially for this one - it went down a storm and it was ace catching up with our customers there on the same side of the bar. Our events team have had a busy end of summer, touring Brighton Cheesefest, Bursledon Windmill Harvest Festival, Portsmouth Cheesefest and Wicor Hog n' Hops.
We opened up the brewery again in early November for our Beers, Bangs and Bangers Firework night. With 8 beers on, great sausages from Twell's Butchers with Hole Hearted soaked Onions, hundreds turned out to watch our fireworks making it our most attended event to date.
Bottled beer is now available in abundance - our Session Range is available from the brewery shop, and many bottle outlets around Hampshire in 500ml. We also currently have three very special beers on the shelf almost exclusively at the brewery; Crimea River - 9% Russian Imperial Stout, Crystal Haze - 7.2% New England IPA and Moderate Haze - 6.8% British Hopped New England IPA. Since our 1st Birthday Beer Festival we have also began selling 4-Pint Growlers, which are £4 and 4 pints are filled for the price of 3; £9.
We've got loads coming up in the following weeks; on Friday November 10th we're launching Egg Nog Stout at the Brewery from 4pm, with live music at 7.30 from Winters Hill. The Crofton Pub will be having it's Beer Festival between the 10th and 12th where you will find Crofton Red, a 4.6% Red Ale brewed exclusively for the event from us. On the 17th we're launching Rye Bos and they'll be plenty of Bad Boys Biltong to munch for full South African effect, on the 18th and 19th we'll be up at Cheesefest Birmingham and then stay tuned to our events page for December's announcements. We will be talking gifts in early December, from bottle packs to Hole Hearted Chutney, right up to big-boy 36 Pint Bag-in-Boxes. We will also be looking at another pilot brewery demo in December, nothing beats drinking beer in the tap room whilst watching and smelling it be made.
The Ice Hockey season is now well underway, and Fallen Acorn are proud to be sponsoring the Gosport Solent Devils. There are two home games on in November, the Devils take on Invicta Dynamos on the 11th and Peterborough Phantoms on the 18th.
Cheers for now! And thanks for your support in 2017!