Like the Queen wearing dirty sneakers, it’s traditionally British with a rock star twist of American hops, giving citrus and tropical fruit, a round body and a drink-me-faster bitterness.
Everyone knows the world’s most hand-crafted beer is cask ale and in order to brew great cask ale, it takes a lot of fussing over; will react badly to being brewed on a large scale so epitomises artisan, small-batch beer; is very temperamental about where it lives -like a very discerning house guest it likes comfort and just the right temperature, which is why it is just so hard to make! But when you are served a freshly poured, well-handled cask ale, with its character flavour which our brewer has teased out of their favourite yeast, it’s a marvel! Project Cask has been created to allow the flair and expertise of our brewers to shine through. Changing each season, you will have the opportunity to taste amazing cask ales, from amazing ambers, to aged-old resurrected recipes, to the fruitiest pale ales or iconic porters, and it's a great opportunity to invite guests to join you on your inaugral brew day!
Pale, fruity, floral English Pale Ale. Mysterious and symbolic are descriptions used when talking about the nine stones that form the unique bronze-age elliptical stone circle, a stone’s throw from here…or is it 9? Beneath the canopy of trees in dappled shade you can immerse yourself in the magic of this place, or if you can’t be bothered leaving this pub, experience the same magical tranquillity after a pint of our light, golden aromatic pale ale.
An apt name for our very own house bitter. Brewed from a recipe which has been refined over the years, probably since this very site became the stationmaster’s house, the final destination of the ‘Southampton to Dorchester’ railway line, later named Castleman’s Corkscrew. Enjoy a pint of this golden ale brewed by our master brewer.
Golden, citrusy, piney American IPA. The big one, a suitable name for our IPA. We are not saying that drinking our IPA will develop parts of your anatomy to extraordinary proportions …….. we just felt the strength and imposing nature of this local hill figure/sculpture lent itself well to the name for our big IPA. However, drinkers beware, as we have had many reports of increased fertility after a few pints of the stuff!
Our summer seasonal beer, a light and refreshing Vienna lager.
B&K Portsmouth's take on a classic style. Nicely carbonated and medium bodied with some malty sweetness. Breaking away from the norm with Columbus and Cascade hops adding a hint of citrus. Prost!
This is a bracing, brusque Swiss beer. Better balanced and more rounded, lime, rose and pears nestle in the nose while on the palate there's taut graininess, tart grapefruit and a full floral flourish.
Malty, aromatic, hoppy American Pale Ale. Enjoy a pint of this simple Pale Ale with truck loads of piney, grapefruity American hops and raise a refreshing glass to our American cousins – you could almost believe you were in a brewpub in Dorchester, Boston USA!
Hazy, citrusy, hoppy tropical IPA. Named after one of the original English settlements on the east coast of North America in the 17th Century, near Boston. The Massachussetts Colony is said to have been established by the Puritan minister John White (1575 – 1648) of Dorchester. His influence in establishing this settlement is widely recorded but the remarkable fact is that he managed to do this, without emigrating himself!
This IPA radiates citrus fruit from the moment you pour it to the second you finish that last sip with a satisfied sigh. The bright, sharp twist of bitterness on the end makes you want to dive back in for one more.
The concept was to create a juicy tropical beer. A brew you can sit on and drink all day, rammed with juicy malts and huge tropical aromas of mango and grapefruit. Massive additions of American hops are added to the whirlpool giving huge hop flavour. The beer is then dry hopped for days, driving the punchy aromas so you can smell it from miles away!
In memory of the Crumbleholmes that would have appeared home at tea time with black faces straight from the coalfields, we have named our ’black stout’in their honour.
Refreshing, aromatic, citrusy Craft Lager. It is said that the use of Cascade hops is how legendary brews are made and with the amount of finest English-grown Cascade hops in every boil, this lager is sure to be legendary.
With its great hop character, balanced by caramel and biscuit malts and bittersweet finish, this Pilsner, created with all British ingredients, is the perfect interpretation of the iconic golden brew.
Hand-selected Hallertau Mittelfrueh and Tettnang Tettnanger hops, two-row summer barley and pure water. No other American lager matches this rich robust and complex taste.
Fermented from 100% bitter sweet, Herefordshire cider fruit juice, with only the natural sugars. This results in a high juice finished product that is full of juicy apple flavour! Made using a blend of 3 Herefordshire apples - Dabinett, Yarlington Mill and Stoke Red, grown in the best cider fruit terroir in the world.
Urban Orchard gets juiced up. We’ve blended our classic medium dry cider with a selection of mixed red berries. Strawberry, raspberry and blueberry fuse in juicy layers. Smooth bodied with a textured palate and a natural delicate sweetness.
A crisp, medium dry cyder with a delicate aroma and taste of fresh pressed apples.