Introducing our latest brew; Reverence

With its rich marmalade and toasty aromas, bold, strong malty flavours and ruby red body, Reverence is an Extra Special Bitter made using heritage barley variety, Chevallier.

In late September 2021, former Master Brewer of Sharps Brewery Carl Heron, proposed to co-produce a new beer with Matlock Wolds Farm Brewery. Having procured an interest in heritage malts, we considered using Chevallier as the base. Being a variety of barley first cultivated in England during the 1800’s, we decided to make a bold beer strongly associated with the tradition of British brewing; an Extra Special Bitter.

Malted Chevallier Barley

Having chosen the style of beer, we set out to develop the recipe to showcase the deep malty flavours and marmalade sweetness of Chevallier. We added additional speciality malts for caramel aroma and malty sweetness.

All good brews need a name, and for something so special we decided to go with Reverence – meaning to treat something with great respect. This also pays homage to Reverend Dr John Chevallier, the man behind the grain.

Carl joined us for our brew day and utilising his expertise, he helped us to maximise the efficiency of the recipe, ensuring maximum flavour and quality.

Matlock Wolds Farm Brewer, Ed, and Carl Heron; former head brewer at Sharps Brewery

After three weeks of maturation, Reverence was ready for tasting. Carl was very satisfied with the final product:

The Reverence has incredible depth of flavour, the marmalade aromas and flavours from the Chevallier are better than I expected with undertones of light toast from the amber malt. The bitter sweet balance is perfect with sweet tasty caramel from the crystal malt addition and gentle spicy and berry flavoured bitterness from the Northdown and Harmonie hops. We aimed to deliver a tasty, powerful ESB and this beer is a great example of the style. It was an honour and great pleasure to brew with Ed and Rob at the Matlock Wolds Farm Brewery overlooking Riber Castle in beautiful Matlock, and I wish the family continued success and prosperity.

We are equally happy and excited to get this beer out there for people to try, it’s a great winter warmer as the nights are getting darker and colder!

Reverence has exceeded expectations and is proving a popular choice with our customers keen to try something new.

Cans are now available to order through our webshop here.

Lockdown Deliveries and Pump it Up Micropub

Beer to Your Door – Local Delivery

With the pub business on hold, ourselves and many other breweries have found that a whole chunk of our business had disappeared overnight. No pubs open, nobody to buy any cask ales!

As such, we’ve launched a local delivery service that’s been running since around end of March. Order a case of beer through our website, and we’ll drop it off at your door that same Friday! For free shipping, our delivery radius is within 10 miles of Matlock, but we go further for a small local delivery charge.

Lockdown; Bank Road, Matlock

We’re going to be working on upgrading the webshop in the coming weeks, which will allow you to design your own mixed cases of 12 bottles from our great selection of real ales!

Visit our web shop here!

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Brew Review #3

In this Brew Review we cover our latest Meet the Brewer event, a new personalised beer for the Tramway Museum and some upcoming events!

We are pleased to have been chosen to brew a personalised beer for Crich Tramway Village’s pub – The Red Lion. This historic pub was formerly a public house in Stoke-on-Trent. It was rebuilt brick by brick in Crich Tramway Village and is now a popular destination of the village’s recreated street scene.

Beer and Bands

We used an original post card for the label design and the name chosen for the beer is “Matlock Hydro”. This name was chosen to reflect Matlock’s hey day as a spa town, when trams ran up and down Bank Road to Smedley’s Hydro (now County Hall). Matlock Hydro should be just the ticket for visitors to the Tramway Village!

We chose a traditional English style golden ale at a strength of 4.3%ABV and it’s been on sale from Easter 2019.

Special ale brewed for Crich tramway Village; a reminder of Matlock’s Victorian hey day as a spa town when the trams regularly ran up and down Bank Road.

In March we were hosted by The Red Lion in Ripley at their monthly “Meet The Brewer” event. We had a great evening , had the opportunity to hand out some beer samples and give an insight into the brewing process. The evening was very well attended and we met some lovely folk , including rep’s from Amber Valley CAMRA.

Following this event we have an upcoming “Meet the Brewer” event at The Crown in Matlock and we are also co-hosting a fine dining evening with Coghlans Cookery School.

Finally, we have added an option to the online shop for free delivery within the DE4 postcode region.