We are fast approaching our 3rd birthday so it was time for a little spruce up and a little bit of growing up to be fair. Rather than making the beers up as we go along and the artwork as a last minute flurry of excitement, we now have a style to call our own, in design and in our beers.
So what’s the crack with the design?
McColl’s Brewery were founded on a firm belief of Art and Science in equal measures, ultimately that’s what we aim to portray. Gemma McColl, hands on artist and all-round creative brings the Art, while Danny McColl likes things in rows, tidy and explained. Together we are heavily influenced by 20th century print media, often minimalist but always vibrant, clear – printed (think Saul Bass, Shigeo Fukuda, Paul Rand and John Van Hamersveld).
And the beers….
McColl’s four core beers are heavily influenced by those we have enjoyed time and again, over the years. They are designed with integrity for everyone to enjoy. Inherently these are sessionable and balanced.
Throughout the year our core beers will be complemented by seasonal specials, great collaborations and limited one offs. Keep those eyes peeled.
SUMA – IPA – 5.0%
We have been schooled by most brewers we have met in the past two years; Suma is the product of these schoolings. A big and bold hazy modern IPA. Juicy sweet malt helps balance big bitterness, pine and hop aromas of mango, citrus and grapefruit.
PETITE – BELGIAN BLONDE ALE – 4.1%
Our love of Belgian ales is born out of holidays in Northern France and their ancestral Scottish qualities (the perfect marriage). Petite is a crisp, easier going interpretation with a simple malt base, mild fruity esters from the Belgian yeast and delicate citrus and grapefruit aromas from Chinook and Celiea hops.
LADY MARMALADE – BEST BITTER – 4.4%
Ultimately the style of beer that got us in to this mess, back in the early 2000’s. A pub beer, a session beer that makes you feel comfortable and warm inside. A classic, sweet, full bodied beer. Caramel flavours dominate with light touches of spicy rye, deep citrus hop flavours and aromas, and a long-lasting bitterness.
NORTH SOUTH – PORTER – 4.6%
A more recent hankering for porters has found us jump in with both feet and commit this to our core range. But very much a blend of contemporary and traditional recipes. A robust yet refreshingly smooth ale. Complexity from the malt offers coffee, caramel and chocolate, married with light coconut and citrus hop notes and a medium dry finish.
CONTEMPORARY WITH TRADITION. Based in County Durham, Daniel and Gemma McColl launched McColl’s Brewery in spring 2017. Inspired by traditional British, Belgian and new wave beer styles we look to create new takes on old classics that everyone can enjoy.
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