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First brewed in 2013 to mark our 1000th brew, Millennium Falcon is made with pale malt and an interstellar hopping rate to produce an “Emperial” IPA that is simply out of this world. For this 2017 release, the hop bill has again been tweaked and features a star-studded cast of favourites both old and new. Get ready for a tropical hop hit from beyond the stars!

May the hops be with you!

Gate Series
Millennium Falcon Emperial IPA
ABV: 9.5%
IBU: 100+
EBC: 5

Gate Series is the name we give to our range of special single-batch brews. Released throughout the year, Gate Series beers are available nationally, in both keg and 500 mL bottles, but strictly limited, so grab them while you can!


Emperial IPA
Made with pale malts and lots of hops (Azacca, Citra, El Dorado & Mosaic)
OG: 19° Plato, IBU: 100, EBC: 5

Tasting notes
This year, the brewers decided to shave a little off the ABV to make this massive beer more drinkable, though they stopped short of calling it a session-able Imperial IPA! The aroma is chock-full of super-fruity US hop aroma – think juicy pineapple, tart citrus, stone fruit, boiled lollies and bubblegum. On the palate the fruity mélange is underpinned by a bold, evergreen hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is full and luxurious yet at the same time dangerously drinkable.




Created entirely in the brewery without aging, this funky and sour ale is a mixed culture beer, fermented with Brett and soured with Pediococcus and Lactobacillus.


sour brett ale 2017


After enjoying the success of our first forays into sour beer (especially the 2016 release of Wild Red Ale), the team were hankering for some more “play time”. However, the cold winter has slowed the development of future vintages of WRA which are ticking-over in our barrel room. To satisfy the itch, we’ve delved into the world of primary Brettanomyces fermentation, designing a sour ale fermented in stainless and using two different Brettanomyces strains. To aid the complexity of this funky and tart creation, prior to the Brett fermentation we introduced a kettle souring regime involving both Lactobacillus and Pediococcus bacteria.


Tasting Notes
This is a purely yeast driven beer with no late kettle or dry hopping. The simple malt bill has created a hazy, pale orang beer that is redolent of lazy, late-summer afternoons. The aroma displays classic Brett funk with a zesty acidity balancedby sweet summer fruits –think peaches, apricots and mango with a hint of forest fruits – that border on confectionary in their intensity. The palate is unmistakeably Brett with touches of rustic funk underneath a bracing lactic acidity. The sweet fruits are in play too, the whole being reminiscent of childhood sour candies, lemon sherbet and green gooseberries. The finish is lipsmackingly dry.


Mixed Culture Brettanomyces
fermented Sour blonde ale

sour brett specs


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