Wot No Cyder?
Members of the Black Hand Cyder Society enjoyed a great trip to the Ampersand Brewery on Thursday evening.
More than thirty attended, for a guided tour of the brewery facilities, accompanied by suitable sampling of it's products. Our excellent guide was of course, Adrian Hipwell who’s son Andy and his wife Amy run the Ampersand Brewery. Adrian has been closely involved with the setting up and running of the Brewery since its inception in 2016. This made him the perfect guide for the evening and the Hipwell family should be rightly proud of what they have achieved.
The tour covered the brewing process from filtering the water, to mashing the barley, adding the hops and fermentation. It also included casking, kegging and canning. The final leg, in the brewery cold store, lead, naturally, to a return to the bar.
On Thursday evenings a burger van is in attendance outside so members could enjoy some food to go with their ale. It rounded off a most impressive visit.