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21st November 2022

Round Corner Brewing Creates A Storm With Yeastie Boys

Releasing our collaboration Vintage Ale, Eye Of The Storm

Round Corner Brewing and Yeastie Boys have today launched a brand-new collaboration beer called Eye Of The Storm, which is a 7.3% Vintage Ale.

The two breweries have known each other for much longer than Round Corner Brewing’s existence, with Head Brewer and Co-Founder, Colin Paige establishing a friendship with Yeastie Boys Director, Stu McKinlay over 20 years ago in New Zealand.

With both breweries always having an eye on a collaboration brew together, they wanted to make sure it was the right beer, at the right time and with the right encompassing message – good things take time.

During their time spent in New Zealand, this style of beer would get Colin, Combie and Stu through the cold Wellington Winters. So, making it the first collaboration beer together was the perfect choice.

This Vintage Ale is chestnut in colour, with a symphony of malt which has mellowed for two months during a long 12°C tank maturation on the lees. UK Ernest hops were loaded in the kettle to produce a whopping 56 IBUs of bitterness. The end result is a rich malty beer with a robust lingering bitterness.

The name Eye Of The Storm comes from the River Eye which flows through Round Corner Brewing’s hometown, Melton Mowbray. The river was once used to carry the malt now so important to making beers like this Vintage Ale.

Round Corner Brewing’s Head Brewer and Co-Founder, Colin Paige said: “We’re delighted to be launching Eye Of The Storm today at the perfect time of year for a Vintage Ale. This brand-new beer is all about the malt, in-fact there are eight different types of malt in this beer. As brewers our fermentable extract comes from barley malt, but there’s many different types we can use which vary in colour and flavour. In Eye Of The Storm three of these malts are different types of crystalised malt. These add a nice caramel, light molasses, and maple syrup style characters to the beer, so it drinks really well.

“To give this beer its complexity we’ve aged it for quite a long time in tank. It’s a wine making technique we’ve used called aging on the less. This means it’s been matured quite warm; we start at 12°C compared to our usual largering of 2°C. This allows the yeast to stay up in the beer through a long two-month maturation period, allowing a little bit of yeast complexity within the beer without it being barrel aged. We’ve also used 100% English hops, called Ernest in the beer, giving it a strong bitterness which we love.

“Making this beer with Yeastie Boys is special for us. I’ve known Stu personally for a very long time, back when he worked in IT and I was brewing in Wellington. We thought a Vintage Ale was the perfect beer to be making and a style both breweries love, as it got us through the cold Wellington winters. The result is absolutely cracking and a perfect drink to get out of your fridge an hour before consuming to allow the malt to really shine through.”

Yeastie Boys Director, Stu McKinlay said: “Colin and I became friends in New Zealand almost 20 years ago now, and then shortly after he became a mentor to me. Over these years I’ve learned a lot from Colin and our breweries have become closer, with Round Corner Brewing being a contract brewing partner for Yeastie Boys.

“We chose to make a Vintage Ale as our first ever beer together because not only is it the perfect time of year for the beer, but the idea is that good things take time. A Vintage Ale not only takes time to brew, but we wanted to make sure our first collaboration was the right one. We’re super proud of this beer and working with Round Corner Brewing.”

Round Corner Brewing’s CEO and Co-Founder, Combie Cryan said: “It’s great to finally announce this new beer, after two months of secrecy behind this brand-new Vintage Ale collaboration beer with Yeastie Boys. It’s been an awesome beer that’s been produced by our brewing team and Yeastie Boys, and the result is one we couldn’t be happier with.

“To make a beer style which we love, with a brewery we’re so close to is the perfect combination. We’re launching this beer with a special event at our Taproom on Friday evening where our customers can come down and try the new beer. While they try it our brewing team will be chatting to customers about the beer, how it’s made and answering any questions people might have. We can’t wait for everyone to try this beer, it’s special!”


Round Corner Brewing believes craft beer is all about the relentless pursuit of perfection and it’s this pursuit that drives the brewery to make Uncommonly Good Beer.

Founded in 2018 by Colin Paige and Combie Cryan, Round Corner Brewing have been awarded numerous gold, silver and bronze medals at some of the most prestigious awards in the world. These include The European Beer Challenge, International Brewing Awards and The World Beer Awards. Most notably Round Corner Brewing were awarded the World’s Best Ale & Gold medal at The 2021 International Brewing Awards for their Pale Ale, Steeplechase.

Press release from Round Cornmer Brewing.

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