Happy New Year!

...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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