Nine Standards (was Croglin Brewery), Kirkby Stephen CLOSED
Nine Standards Brewery
Croglin Castle Hotel, South Road, Kirkby Stephen. Cumbria, CA17 4SY
Launched April 2010. A 2½BBL Mossbrew Brewing Systems plant is used.
All Nine Standards beers are now brewed under license by the new Settle Brewery established in Settle with the former Nine Standards brewer, Ian Simpkins, as Head Brewer. The plant will be taken out from the Croglin, we know not what for or whence it is going.
A new beer has joined the brewery portfolio:
“Double Standard” is a robust porter with initial caramel and coffee notes overlaid with a taste of smoke, with a lingering aftertaste, leading to a dry finish. 4.7 ABV. OG 1050.
Other new beers are under development:
“Silver Standard” an Imperial Pale Ale style.
“Royal Standard” a hoppy beer! An extreme five English Hop creation in a Golden Ale style.
Two new fermenters have been sourced, purchased and installed. They are both now operational which has doubled the brewery production capacity.
Nine Standards Brewery visits can be arranged upon request .
The Croglin Castle Hotel now offers a discount off real ales to all card carrying CAMRA members
Their first two beers were Original Standard (3.7%) (OG1037), a dark amber bitter with a fruity and spicy nose; and Gold Standard (4.2%), (1040), a golden ale with a hint of blackcurrant shining through. Their aims are quality and consistency and there are plans for further beers. A Porter - Double Standard (4.7%) is planned for early April.
Next up, later in the year, should be a Pale Ale possibly called Silver Standard (around the 4% ABV); a celebration ale for the Kirkby Stephen Silver Band. The beers are very clear and ‘moreish’ & are getting very good reports.
Extensive refurbishment to the brewery has previously commenced and continues. All brewing activities have now been taken over by Mr Ian Simkins. The brewery name has been changed from "Croglin Brewery" to "Nine Standards Brewery" with effect from 01 January 2012. The beer range has been consolidated to a core of three beers, a bitter, a golden ale and an occasional porter. The namesof the beers have also been changed to form part of the new brewery branding. The original Croglin recipes have been improved to produce these new beers. The plan is to re launch the beers from the "New" brewery, ensure consistency of quality throughout the beer range and then increase production and beer range / styles as confidence is gained within the local free trade.
Ian is strongly committed to making a success of this venture and is extremely interested in involving local CAMRA in all future activities.
Andy Barrett, the current brewer, is handing over the brewery and the brewery activities to Ian Simkins & Robin Sanders, who currently operate the attached Croglin Castle Hotel
It has now been brewing a variety of beers since it started production on the 1st April 2010. The “Loki Original” and “Trickster” are now being regularly produced and are being appreciated by many in both local and distant areas. “Dark Drover” has been brewed before and it is intended that a 5.0% version will be produced as a Christmas Special. The brewery is working to capacity and there is no time at present to try out other beers, but it is hoped that “Gilden Ringer,” an IPA Style beer, will reappear at a future date.
There are always problems for new breweries when they set up, everything from getting your brewery and its beers known of, as well as getting your barrels back when you’ve been able to make the sale! However Croglin Brewery beers are now being made available on the SIBA listings and are being actively distributed by “Porterage” a newly set up specialist local distribution company. Extra barrels are also being purchased, so it looks like these and other problems have been dealt with, with the only remaining problem being that the brewery is running at maximum capacity. Plans for increasing brew capacity and increasing production are also being actively considered.