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19th December 2023

Burning Sky Artisan Brewers And Blenders Team Up With The Malt Miller In The Quest For The Best Home Brewed Mixed Fermentation Beer.

After an in-depth three-part video series produced by home brewing supplier, The Malt Miller and Mark Tranter of Burning Sky, the duo are launching an epic home brewing competition to discover the finest homemade beer that captures the essence of Burning Sky’s distinctive and delicate touch in mixed fermentation beers.

In August, Martin Rake (General Manager) and James Stiff (Operations and Marketing Manager) from The Malt Miller spent a few days at Burning Sky’s picturesque brewery in the hills of the South Downs, East Sussex. They delved into the brewery’s processes, learned about Burning Sky’s care in beer-making, and conducted a revealing interview with Mark Tranter, the founder of Burning Sky. During this interview they discovered Mark’s roots in home brewing before becoming a driving force in Dark Star Brewery, which he left just over ten years ago to start the passion project and now renowned, Burning Sky.

Mark was keen to share knowledge and recipes with The Malt Miller, so these could then be passed onto home brewers as a way of inspiring them to try brewing these styles of beers and building confidence in what can be, initially, a daunting style to brew.

Watch the intriguing series on The Malt Miller’s YouTube Channel and explore the fascinating details uncovered during their time at Burning Sky.

Excitingly, as a result of Mark’s desire to inspire more home brewers with mixed fermentation,  they’ve now teamed up to organise a Home Brewing Competition, aiming to give more brewers a starting point to venture into mixed fermentation beer styles, akin to those crafted at Burning Sky.

“Burning Sky focus on both balanced and well structured beers, which feature delicate notes of all the ingredients used so as to deliver refined and intricate flavours. This is the reason we adore them and hold the beers they brew in such high regard. They often have perfectly chosen fruits or other additions that compliment the base beer in a way which allows for those additions to shine without allowing dominance from the addition, the challenge for the home brewer will be capture that technique, to bring out those flavours and harmony in a beer which is both refreshing and intricate” – Martin Rake, The Malt Miller

The competition, limited to a maximum of 50 entries, will be judged on June 28th 2024, allowing brewers ample time to brew and mature their beers. Judging will occur at The Malt Miller, followed by an evening event at The Tuppenny, an independent pub in Swindon. The event will feature a Tap Takeover and Meet The Brewer session with Mark from Burning Sky.

The prize for this illustrious event will be something that money just couldn’t buy! Firstly the champion brewer will receive a mixed case of beer from Mark at Burning Sky, but not just any case. This will be a selection of beers from Mark’s personal vault of Burning Sky releases from over the years, an archive that are no longer available to buy! Then they will also scoop a set of vouchers from The Malt Miller for the value of £200. Finally, the winner will also be invited to Burning Sky to spend a day with the team, get to spend time with Mark and his team discussing beer, recipes and get to experience a real behind the scenes view of this wonderful brewery. The date will be set with the brewery after judging and the winner will need to arrange their own transport and any accommodation required.

Find all the competition details, including dates, prize information, and terms and conditions on The Malt Miller’s website here.

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Photography by James Stiff of The Malt Miller

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