Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Liquid Gold

Ex-biochemist Mark Lehmann, a successful businessman who owns an aquatic fish and reptile shop, is also a long-time CAMRA member and home brewer. Having purchased and upgraded a plant from Conwy Brewery, Mark is now the owner of Goldmark Craft Beers, operating from the same West Sussex industrial estate as Hammerpot Brewery. A 0.5BBL nano brewery is also being used as a pilot plant, bringing total brewing capacity to 11BBL with a potential output of 132 firkins a week. Brewing started week commencing 22nd April and Frank McCabe, formerly of Arundel Brewery, late of Anchor Springs, has been recruited as Head Brewer.

As the Goldmark name suggests, Mark is a fan of golden ales, although he is influenced by the best of English ales plus what the rest of the world has to offer, and his intended range aims to appeal to a broad market. Ready for sale in May will be two 4.0% beers, their recipes successfully developed over many years. Liquid Gold deputed commercially as a contract-brew at the Worthing Beer Festival last October: this golden ale with citrus and wild berries uses English hops and barley with new hops from the US. Best Bitter is a medium-dark refreshing session beer with hints of toffee and caramel ending in a smooth bitter finish.

Available from September will be Amber Ale, a well-balanced 4.0%, session ale using hop varieties from three continents to give a modern twist to an old classic. Also Hercules IPA, a golden hop celebration, very light and refreshing despite its 7.0% strength. Ready for December will be Ebony, a 5.2% cross between a stout and a brown ale. Mark plans to start bottling the beers in July. Watch out for the range initially in pubs around the Arun and Adur area of West Sussex.

Goldmark Craft Beers, Unit 23, The Vinery, Poling Near Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9PY.

Tel: 07900 555415
Email: goldmarkcraftbeers@hotmail.co.uk

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