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Spring is sprung, the days are getting longer and bar re-opening seems to be on the horizon.

First off, we would like to emphasise that we are open, and have managed to remain open as an off-license all through the latest lockdown. It's been tough, but we know that beer is life. We have a good range of bottled beers still (maybe not quite as wide a range as Christmas) and are making sure to keep a stock of our core casked beers.

One big (small) change this year is that we have decided to move from 5 litre mini-casks to 5 litre boxes. The main reason being that the beer lasts a bit longer once opened in the box. This is because, unlike with the mini-casks, oxygen is not drawn into the vessel as the level of liquid goes down.

With the current dates set out by the government, it looks like we will be able to socialise outside of our bubbles by the end of March (with restrictions of course). This along with the, hopefully, better spring weather means it could be a perfect time to order a box of beer, to have in the garden with friends. These can be ordered in 5, 10 or 20 litre bag in a box. We keep an updated list on the homepage.

We could also be re-opening the brewery bar from the 12th April, again with certain restrictions, such as table service and outside seating only. We are really hoping this date sticks, as we can't wait to welcome everyone back and get the hand pumps back to work. We will report any developments over social media, so look out for our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Also, keep your eyes peeled for more exciting news, we've certainly been busy during the last few months and can't wait to share it with you.

Stay calm and keep drinking

8 Sail Brewery

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...we have survived 2020, well done everyone, give yourselves a pat on the back! Seriously, it’s worth the applause. Despite the strict restrictions placed upon the hospitality industry and the merry ‘little’ Christmas, we are still here and still brewing.

There is no time like the present to give an update on what we are doing.

We still have a pretty good range of bottles available in the bottle shop, after this festive period saw our widest range available ever! For those who are not lucky enough to be able to visit us (due to distance and lockdown measures), we are still supplying to Beers of Europe and The Real Ale Store, who ship across the UK. Check out our full list of suppliers from the link at the bottom of the website.

One area that we have had to cut back is our casked range, without the pub trade we are relying on sales of bag in a box and 5L mini casks. Bag in a box allows the beer to stay fresh for at least a week, since no air enters into the bag as the beer is drawn out. I personally managed to make a 10L bag of Victorian Porter last 2 weeks and the beer was still very much drinkable at the end. The other great thing with bag in a box, is that they can be hooked up to a hand pump. So, you can keep the pub experience alive in your own home (or shed, or garage)! Again these can be ordered and collected from our shop directly or you can order through Pint365 and Brew2You.

To end on a light note, we have a special 6.5% Red Rye IPA, called (wait for it....) ‘Tiers of a Clown’, available now from our brewery shop. Shop hours are slightly reduced, and we are no longer open on Sundays and Mondays. We are making sure to keep opening hours updated on social media, the website and google.

Bottle label for Tiers of a Clown, with a poem written by Head Brewer Tony Pygott, in support of 'the local'.

Thank you to everyone for the continued support! Happy Tryanuary! And we’ll see you all soon!

All the best from Assistant Brewer Lucy and the rest of the 8 Sail Team

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With new lockdown measures announced for November, we are having to make a few changes here at the brewery. We will of course be closing down all bar service from Thursday 5th November, but will continue to function as an off-license. Bar opening hours are extended through to 9pm until Wednesday 4th November.

We have a fantastic range of bottle conditioned ales available through the shop, from Pale Ales through to Imperial Porters. These can be purchased individually, in gift packs or in cases of 12. With Christmas on the horizon these can make a fantastic gift, perhaps alongside a hand crafted 8 Sail beer mug, made by a local artist.

For those looking for cask conditioned beer, we are still offering bag-in-a-box (10L and 20L), these are great for home bars or just those who want a bit more beer at home. These need to be ordered in advance and we usually suggest ordering 2 days before you would like it since they are made up to order. We will post a list of beers that will be available at the start of each week on our home page and on facebook. If you are not local to the area, or are unable to collect from us directly, bag-in-a-box can also be ordered online via Pint365.

Hopefully, we will all get through this safely and business will return to normal. Until then we will keep calm and carry on brewing!

8 Sail Brewery Team


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