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Moncada Cask Ale

Our view on cask ale

I moved over to the UK in 2003, having grown up in South Africa. I grew up thinking that I loved beer. I always ended my day with a Windhoek or a Hansa Pilsner, I was aiming high. Those were the “premium” lagers. I had discovered international beers at a few pubs in Cape Town […] Read more

Our view on cask ale

I moved over to the UK in 2003, having grown up in South Africa. I grew up thinking that I loved beer. I always ended my day with a Windhoek or a Hansa Pilsner, I was aiming high. Those were the “premium” lagers. I had discovered international beers at a few pubs in Cape Town during the 90s. These beers were few and far between. We had a small smattering of microbreweries in South Africa, but they were very few and scarce, and cask beer was unheard of. Castle was on draught, along with the other SAB offerings; the ales we could get from Mitchell’s, for example, were all bottled beers.

I moved to the UK and promptly went through the lager offerings at the corner shops, also something new as you can only buy beer in South Africa in a bottle store, or off licence, and the offerings were huge. I found some Ales and that led me to a pub where I had a cask. I can’t remember what it was, but it blew me away. And that was that.

After a long interval of work and life, I had fallen out of love with my job and into a love affair with ale. I quit my job and went to work for Twickenham Fine Ales, where we only racked cask. 100% cask, nothing else.

Cask beer is alive, it is unfiltered and unpasteurised, the yeast is still active. The beer is racked into the cask with a bit of priming sugar and a small amount of finings. This is where I think a lot of controversies comes in. Many brewers still use isinglass to clarify their beers with, this cuts out a huge segment of people who are either vegan or vegetarian. We never used finings as we wanted everyone to enjoy our beers with us. Lack of isinglass creates a haze in beer, which for some people is still unacceptable, for me not so. I love cask beer, I don’t mind the haze, if it’s an unfined beer. Refraining from fining and leaving sediment can, paradoxically, improve the flavour of beer thanks to not stripping it of some of the protein and hop particles. Not to mention that it can help it sustain its body and mouthfeel.

Cask beer needs looking after. One must treat it with respect. Cask beer is meant to be drunk fresh, once the cask is opened it needs to be served quickly. It starts oxidising and losing its carbonation in a blink of an eye. Moncada Notting Hill cask beers are amazing. We do our cask well. We treat it with care and attention it deserves. We encourage our customers in pubs to show the same amount of love for our casks and casks in general. We still don’t use isinglass, our beers are still vegan and vegetarian-friendly, slightly hazy and full of flavour.

I love good cask ale. Partially because I know of the sweat and tears that went into that pint. I know how back-breaking it feels to be cleaning casks for 3 days running. I also know of the effort made by the publican to condition the cask, to have racked it and tapped it and got it the glass in perfect condition.

Article by Raph Basan, Brewer

Moncada Cask Ale

Haand Bygerriet Collaboration

Big Ole Beer – Haand Bygerriet Collaboration

I met Stefan from Haand Bygerriet in Norway at their tap takeover at Micro Beers in East Sheen. After a night of drinking and talking about beers, Stefan said we should brew a beer together. Both teams soon were very excited about the new endeavour. After a lengthy discussion on email, imperial stout was decided upon […] Read more

Big Ole Beer – Haand Bygerriet Collaboration

I met Stefan from Haand Bygerriet in Norway at their tap takeover at Micro Beers in East Sheen. After a night of drinking and talking about beers, Stefan said we should brew a beer together. Both teams soon were very excited about the new endeavour. After a lengthy discussion on email, imperial stout was decided upon and the planning began.

Brewing an imperial stout on our brewhouse requires two mashing runs.

We start our first mash at the break of dawn and transfer that to our lauter. Then comes the sparge and transferring of the wort to the kettle. After, we crush the remaining malt and get the process started all over again. The lauter needs emptying and rinsing before we can transfer the second mash to it though. This means a full all hands on deck job with everyone involved.

We had everything prepared and Ole Richard Lund came over from Haand Bygerriet to help us on the day. Julio had already got the smoker in and loaded it up. An imperial stout brew day is a long one and it inevitably involves everyone in the brewery. We are a small team and when these big days come about, we all work together. You’re guaranteed two things on these days; a long day and a feast to break it apart or end it. Smoking meat accompanying extended brew days is a tradition at Moncada. This time we broke the day up. We had a great meal and then all fuelled up we headed back to finish the transfer, boil and finally get the beer into the fermenter.

Once we had done this, we naturally all sat down on the brew floor on a fold up table and chairs and proceeded to raise a glass to a successful day. Ole had brought their beers and he sampled ours. That’s when he tasted our Impy Custard Stout and insisted that we do something similar with our collaboration. That’s how the inspiration for Big Ole Beer Horchata Imperial Stout was born.

The day was great fun. The one complaint we all had, not enough time, not enough beers. Next time we promise to have more of both for Ole.

Article by Raph Basan, Brewer

Haand Bygerriet Collaboration

Big Ole Beer. Collaboration with Haand Bryggerriet

Horchata Imperial Stout

#COLLABFEST2018

#COLLABFEST2018 with Brewdog Camden

BrewDog #COLLABFEST2018 with BrewDog Camden . Beer name – Craft Buck Beer style – Grape kettle sour ABV: 6% Beer description – Together we brewed a kettle sour inspired by Buckfast Tonic Wine, brewed to the Flemish Red style. Loads of grapes mixed with lactic acid resulting on this refreshing, juicy and smooth kettle sour. […] Read more

#COLLABFEST2018 with Brewdog Camden

BrewDog #COLLABFEST2018 with BrewDog Camden .

Beer name – Craft Buck
Beer style – Grape kettle sour
ABV: 6%

Beer description – Together we brewed a kettle sour inspired by Buckfast Tonic Wine, brewed to the Flemish Red style. Loads of grapes mixed with lactic acid resulting on this refreshing, juicy and smooth kettle sour. Like Buckfast, this beer disguises its strength with layers of grapey awesomeness and effervescent sourness. “To help you cope with life’s little ups and downs”. (warning: contains lactose!)

Photo credit – Ryan Evans Photography

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Beer on the Hill Festival

Beer on the Hill Festival 2018

As you might be aware, we have moved from our beloved Notting Hill home to a much bigger site in Dollis Hill. We are keen to use this extra space not only for production but also to have some fun. The first big event we would like to bring to our new brewery and our […] Read more

Beer on the Hill Festival 2018

Beer on the Hill Festival

As you might be aware, we have moved from our beloved Notting Hill home to a much bigger site in Dollis Hill. We are keen to use this extra space not only for production but also to have some fun. The first big event we would like to bring to our new brewery and our new neighbourhood will be a small beer festival. As there are very few craft beer events in North West London, we thought it would be great to bring some amazing beers to this part of town. And we would love to have you involved!

Come along and sample beers from our distinguished guest breweries
Brewheadz
Drink Moor Beer
Gorgeous Brewery
Pillars Brewery
Three Hills Brewing

Try a crocodile or ostrich burger from Black Star Kitchen. and if you feel like all the excitement drained a bit too much of your energy, you can grab a caffeine fix from Cricklewood Coffee
Our neighbours Glassbusters will prove that recycling can be exciting and DJs Dr Flamingo and Darkman are bringing on some funky tones to please your ears.

Now, the only thing missing to have an unforgettable day is good company (yes, we’re looking at you!)

FIFA World Cup 2018

FIFA World Cup 2018 shown in the Brewery Taproom

Looking for a place that shows World Cup and pours a great beer? Look no more! We will be showing all of the World Cup games in our taproom. Book a table or simply pop in, we’ll provide the rest. We’ll have food trucks on Friday’s and Saturday’s but happy for you to order in […] Read more

FIFA World Cup 2018 shown in the Brewery Taproom

Looking for a place that shows World Cup and pours a great beer? Look no more! We will be showing all of the World Cup games in our taproom. Book a table or simply pop in, we’ll provide the rest.

We’ll have food trucks on Friday’s and Saturday’s but happy for you to order in food any other day.

JUNE TAPROOM OPENING TIMES WORLD CUP GAMES
Thursday 14th 3pm – 6.30pm Russia v Saudi Arabia (Group A) – Moscow (Luzhniki), 4pm
Friday 15th 12.30pm – 11pm Egypt v Uruguay (Group A) – Ekaterinburg, 1pm
Morocco v Iran (Group B) – St Petersburg, 4pm
Portugal v Spain (Group B) – Sochi, 7pm
Saturday 16th 10.30am – 9pm France v Australia (Group C) – Kazan, 11am
Argentina v Iceland (Group D) – Moscow (Spartak), 2pm
Peru v Denmark (Group C) – Saransk, 5pm
Croatia v Nigeria (Group D) – Kaliningrad, 8pm
Sunday 17th 12.30pm – 9pm Costa Rica v Serbia (Group E) – Samara, 1pm
Germany v Mexico (Group F) – Moscow (Luzhniki), 4pm
Brazil v Switzerland (Group E) – Rostov-on-Don, 7pm
Monday 18th 12.30pm – 9pm Sweden v South Korea (Group F) – Nizhny Novgorod, 1pm
Belgium v Panama (Group G) – Sochi, 4pm
Tunisia v England (Group G) – Volgograd, 7pm
Tuesday 19th 12.30pm – 9pm Colombia v Japan (Group H) – Saransk, 1pm
Poland v Senegal (Group H) – Moscow (Spartak), 4pm
Russia v Egypt (Group A) – St Petersburg, 7pm
Wednesday 20th 12.30pm – 9pm Portugal v Morocco (Group B) – Moscow (Luzhniki), 1pm
Uruguay v Saudi Arabia (Group A) – Rostov-on-Don, 4pm
Iran v Spain (Group B) – Kazan, 7pm
Thursday 21st 12.30pm – 9pm Denmark v Australia (Group C) – Samara, 1pm
France v Peru (Group C) – Ekaterinburg, 4pm
Argentina v Croatia (Group D) – Nizhny Novgorod, 7pm
Friday 22nd 12.30pm – 11pm Brazil v Costa Rica (Group E) – St Petersburg, 1pm
Nigeria v Iceland (Group D) – Volgograd, 4pm
Serbia v Switzerland (Group E) – Kaliningrad, 7pm
Saturday 23rd 12pm – 9pm Belgium v Tunisia (Group G) – Moscow (Spartak), 1pm
South Korea v Mexico (Group F) – Rostov-on-Don, 4pm
Germany v Sweden (Group F) – Sochi, 7pm
Sunday 24th 12.30pm – 9pm England v Panama (Group G) – Nizhny Novgorod, 1pm
Japan v Senegal (Group H) – Ekaterinburg, 4pm
Poland v Colombia (Group H) – Kazan, 7pm
Monday 25th 2.30pm – 9pm Uruguay v Russia (Group A) – Samara, 3pm
Saudi Arabia v Egypt (Group A) – Volgograd, 3pm
Spain v Morocco (Group B) – Kaliningrad, 7pm
Iran v Portugal (Group B) – Saransk, 7pm
Tuesday 26th 2.30pm – 9pm Denmark v France (Group C) – Moscow (Luzhniki), 3pm
Australia v Peru (Group C) – Sochi, 3pm
Nigeria v Argentina (Group D) – St Petersburg, 7pm
Iceland v Croatia (Group D) – Rostov-on-Don, 7pm
Wednesday 27th 2.30pm – 9pm South Korea v Germany (Group F) – Kazan, 3pm
Mexico v Sweden (Group F) – Ekaterinburg, 3pm
Serbia v Brazil (Group E) – Moscow (Spartak), 7pm
Switzerland v Costa Rica (Group E) – Nizhny Novgorod, 7pm
Thursday 28th 2.30pm – 9pm Japan v Poland (Group H) – Volgograd, 3pm
Senegal v Colombia (Group H) – Samara, 3pm
England v Belgium (Group G) – Kaliningrad, 7pm
Panama v Tunisia (Group G) – Saransk, 7pm
Friday 29th 5pm – 11pm TAPROOM AS NORMAL.
Saturday 30th 12pm – 9pm 1C v 2D – Kazan, 3pm (Match 50)
1A v 2B – Sochi, 7pm (Match 49)
JULY
Sunday 1st 2.30pm – 9pm 1B v 2A – Moscow (Luzhniki), 3pm (Match 51)
1D v 2C – Nizhny Novgorod, 7pm (Match 52)
Monday 2nd 2.30pm – 9pm 1E v 2F – Samara, 3pm (Match 53)
1G v 2H – Rostov-on-Don, 7pm (Match 54)
Tuesday 3rd 2.30pm – 9pm 1F v 2E – St Petersburg 3pm (Match 55)
1H v 2G – Moscow (Spartak), 7pm (Match 56)
Friday 6th 2.30pm – 11pm QUARTER-FINALS
Winner match 49 v Winner match 50 – Nizhny Novgorod, 3pm (Match 57)
Winner match 53 v Winner match 54 – Kazan, 7pm (Match 58)
Saurday 7th 12pm – 9pm Winner match 55 v Winner match 56 – Samara, 3pm (Match 60)
Winner match 51 v Winner match 52 – Sochi, 7pm (Match 59)
Tuesday 10th 6.30pm – 9pm SEMI-FINALS
Winner match 57 v Winner match 58 – St Petersburg, 7pm
Wednesday 11th 6.30pm – 9pm Winner match 59 v Winner match 60 – Moscow (Luzhniki), 7pm
Friday 13th 5pm – 11pm TAPROOM AS NORMAL.
Saturday 14th 12pm – 9pm THIRD-PLACE PLAY-OFF
St Petersburg, 3pm
Sunday 15th 3pm – 7pm FINAL
Moscow (Luzhniki), 4pm
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Moncada Brewery Residency at Craft n Draft, Hackney

We are delighted to announce our first residency at the CRAFTNDRAFT bottle shop in Hackney for the whole month of May. We will kick it off with a meet the brewer and exclusive tasting of the newest, extra fresh West Coast IPA (and some other brews on the side). On the night we will also be pouring […] Read more

Moncada Brewery Residency at Craft n Draft, Hackney

We are delighted to announce our first residency at the CRAFTNDRAFT bottle shop in Hackney for the whole month of May.
We will kick it off with a meet the brewer and exclusive tasting of the newest, extra fresh West Coast IPA (and some other brews on the side). On the night we will also be pouring Moncada on draft to give you a wide range of beers to try. The icing on the cake will be a raffle, prizes including a brewery tour and some merch for you to take home and love.

During their month of residency, you will be able to fill a growler with one of three beers on draft or stock up on bottles and cans to take and enjoy wherever you fancy.

 

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Moncada Brewery - Floor Shaker IPA

Moncada Brewery - Floor Shaker IPA

New Beer – Floor Shaker IPA

Tune in for the launch of our first ever canned beer! Floor Shaker is our brand new IPA inspired by the West Coast American brewing style. It carries a lot of hoppy bitterness, piney resinous notes, citrus flavours with a crisp finish. We wanted the artwork on our new can series to be fresh, unique […] Read more

New Beer – Floor Shaker IPA

Tune in for the launch of our first ever canned beer!
Floor Shaker is our brand new IPA inspired by the West Coast American brewing style. It carries a lot of hoppy bitterness, piney resinous notes, citrus flavours with a crisp finish. We wanted the artwork on our new can series to be fresh, unique and our own, so each can feature artwork created by the brewery team.

We will celebrate our newest creation in our taproom. And since it’s a true celebration for us we invited a DJ to spin some tunes and our friends from Mac To The Future to feed everyone their delicious mac & cheese. Come in and grab some of the freshest IPA in London in a special launch price.

Pssssst! We have a couple of surprises up the sleeve for those too impatient to wait till Friday (aka even fresher beer ahead of the launch). Watch this space for details.

Floor Shaker IPA

  • Blueprint No. 13
  • ABV 6.2%
  • Style – India Pale Ale
  • 60 IBU
  • 13 EBC
  • OG 1.060
  • FG 1.013
  • Malt – Maris Otter, Premium Cara, Dextrin
  • Hops – Columbus, Amarillo, Centennial, Simcoe, Citra
  • Yeast – US 05
  • London Water

Moncada Brewery - Floor Shaker IPA

Moncada Brewery Taproom

The New Dollis Hill Taproom

Just before Christmas, we said farewell to our old brewery and taproom room in Westbourne Park/Notting Hill. It had been our home for 5 years but a change was needed for us to grow. We’ve now set up a brand new brewery in Dollis Hill which gives us the opportunity to brew more beer with […] Read more

The New Dollis Hill Taproom

Just before Christmas, we said farewell to our old brewery and taproom room in Westbourne Park/Notting Hill. It had been our home for 5 years but a change was needed for us to grow. We’ve now set up a brand new brewery in Dollis Hill which gives us the opportunity to brew more beer with a lot more control across all variables, temperature, oxidation, pre-fermentation sugars, the list is long.

Along with a new brewery we built a new taproom with a very similar setup to the last, a mezzanine bar overlooking the brew floor. We want to be able to show all our customers how and where the product they have in their glass came from.

For now, we will open the taproom every Friday 5pm – 11pm and one Saturday per month, 12 – 9pm. Bottle takeaway sales are welcome all week from 10am until 4.30pm, sometimes later if the lights are still on. We’re at the mercy of the beer, a very natural product with its own mind sometimes.

Keep an eye on our social media channels for more food pop-ups and taproom events. We’re very pleased to be part of the Dollis Hill community and look forward to hosting more events here.

Directions to the new taproom can be found here.

Cheers
Moncada Brewery Taproom

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We are now the exclusive craft ale partner for Bush Hall Music.

If you’ve had the pleasure of attending a music or comedy gig at the very charming Bush Hall in Shepherds Bush you might have noticed our beer there. We are very pleased to announce we are the exclusive craft ale partner for Bush Hall Music. For those of you who are not familiar, Bush Hall […] Read more

We are now the exclusive craft ale partner for Bush Hall Music.

bh-logo-distressed-largeIf you’ve had the pleasure of attending a music or comedy gig at the very charming Bush Hall in Shepherds Bush you might have noticed our beer there. We are very pleased to announce we are the exclusive craft ale partner for Bush Hall Music.

For those of you who are not familiar, Bush Hall is a fantastic live music and events venue in West London. They always have something interesting listed on their line up so it worth checking out  http://www.bushhallmusic.co.uk/whats-on/

Everyone who works at Moncada Brewery are big fans of all creative industries especially music. There’s always a constant stream of eclectic tunes coming out of the brewery. We’re very much looking forward to the rest of this year and discovering lots of new music that Bush Hall is bringing to West London. If you see any of us at a gig wearing a Moncada Brewery t-shirt, come say hello and share a beer with us. Cheers.

www.bushhallmusic.co.uk

Twitter.com/BushHallMusic

Instagram.com/BushHallMusic

Facebook.com/BushHallMusic

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Article 1_We’ve started work on our brand new brewery

We’ve started work on our brand new brewery

Exciting times at the Moncada Brewery. We started work on our new brewing space nearby. It’s going to be bigger, much bigger but in so many ways it’s going to be exactly the same. Read more

We’ve started work on our brand new brewery

Article 1_We’ve started work on our brand new breweryExciting times at the Moncada Brewery. We started work on our new brewing space nearby. It’s going to be bigger, much bigger but in so many ways it’s going to be exactly the same. Each beer will be brewed with the same level of hands on craft and will contain exactly the same ingredients of love, passion and dedication to flavour. We’ll just be able to brew more of it. More Amber, more Blonde, more Pale Ale – just more good stuff. Better still, our original brewery isn’t going anywhere. We’ll still be brewing up a storm on the other side of the Westway, and rest assured – it’s business as usual at the taproom too.

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