Blimey, the elders…

Torrside are a brewery who’s beers get overlooked far too often for my liking, by those of you seeking the latest double dry-hopped juice bomb when perusing the shops and bar tops. But trust me, you should stop, peruse and try them, attain enlightenment.

Owned by wonderfully genuine group of friends who turned their home-brewing hobbies into a successful commercial brewery. They are passionate about brewing beers they love without compromise. They have integrity, loyalty, a drive for quality and for championing styles that aren’t always hip.

Oh and smoke, lots and lots of schmoke, ooh that sweet, sweet smoke… (pssst they like smoke)

What I admire about the Torrside attitude to beer is their dedication to experimenting with flavour and styles for themselves rather than just following the obvious trends. Their Monsters range is monstrously good, the “Dogs Of War“ are the dogs wotsits, but let’s not forget the rest, the “accessible stuff”, they are all delicious too.

Black (elder) berries and collaborations

With that in mind, I wanted to brew a beer with Torrside for Otter’s Tears fourth anniversary/birthday in late December, with one eye also on Christmas. We don’t really get time to make a song and dance about the birthday thing normally because of the timing so this hopefully makes up for that,

My main criteria, no lactose (the original name for my planned beer was “Lactose Intolerant”), I’m a little weary of the current sweet sickly obsession.
No smoke (Torrside love smoke, Rach my wife doesn’t and would not be happy if our beer was off limits). Lastly strength, it needed to be a beast!

So I pitched an idea to Chris for an imperial stout (obvs), with elderberries, interesting as only I amongst all of us having ever tasting the little black juicy’s. He was in, yayasss!

The next issue was finding commercially available elderberry purée, concentrates and flavourings are not Torrside’s style, but after hitting up lots of brewing friends, we found some. Thanks everyone who helped with that, in particular Dom at Thornbridge & Ritchie from Twisted Barrel.

Then the gang come up with an enhancement, why not throw a port barrel into the mix, oh yeah, you know that sounds good.

So the stage was set, a date agreed, brew day on. A Sunday, with beers, to lubricate our creative juices, a few light ales…and such. Joining me, my lovely and ever-supportive wife Rach and my beery-budski in crime Chris.

At this point you’d probably love me to go into elaborate detail about the brewing process, but I won’t. We brewed beer, had a bit of banter, petted the resident brewhouse dawgs and had a rather hefty bottle share. Things got hazy…must have been those light ales! 🤣

“Tell us about the beer damn it!”

Mission complete, the beer, an imperial stout at around 10/11% with copious amounts of elderberry purée, on port barrels. Sound good?

It will be supplied for your drinking pleasure in 750ml bottles in Dogs Of War stylee, exclusively at Otter’s Tears. There will also be one keg, destination at this stage, to be confirmed… #beerheroes 🤔

When? Soon, keep an eye on social meeejah, two weeks tops!

The name, “Blimey The Elders”, because some of us is old, coz a da berries, that and I live for punnage opportunities.

Below are a few photographs of our collective antics. In no particular order. A massive thanks to everyone at Torrside, wonderful hosts, good friends and most of all the sort of people that made me do what I do. #IndyBeerMatters

Competition Time

So how would you fancy winning an exclusive case of Torrside beers, including a bottle of ”Blimey The Elder” and something from Torrside’s own secret stash?

To enter, simply caption the photograph below by entering your response in the comments section.
Please keep your answers short, funny and good-natured if you please, anything inappropriate or remotely offensive will be deleted by me. Winner will be chosen Monday 2nd December, winner will be notified directly, the judges decision is final etc.

To win you must be over 18

Be resident in the UK, I can’t ship this overseas.

Your entry must be in the comments section of this post, nothing on Twitter, Facebook etc will be judged or else it becomes unmanageable.

Good luck!

Take a look around Otter’s Tears… A small independent beer shop and proud to be. #IndyBeerMatters

Phil Hardy’s passion for beer started over at “Beersay”, take a look here..

22 comments on “Blimey, the elders…

  1. Tim says:

    I was sold at port barrel frankly.


    “The Flat Earth Society resort to extreme lengths to prove that craft beer does not in fact exist”.

    1. Sam Morris says:

      Don’t stop watching it for one second, or it’ll boil over!

  2. Steve Wardle says:

    Blimey does that smell reet good..

    El!.. Der better be plenty left for us!

  3. Phil Lindsay says:

    Blimey Phil’s in the barrel is he Torrside or Portside ?

  4. Jim Cullen says:

    Did someone say “Port Barrel”?

    You have our complete and undivided attention!

  5. Shaun says:

    Master chef the brewers Greg doesn’t seem to have noticed Jon’s gone home

  6. James Stephens says:

    ‘Your Mother was a maltster and your Father smells of elderberries’

    Perfect for an elders beer 😉

  7. Chelsea McCloskey-Lambert says:

    Interesting, but its not smoked scampi fries

  8. Chris Richardson says:

    It tark a long time… but Dave finally found a hat which didn’t make his head look huge…

    This smells nice so it Otter be good

    “You’re really not sharing that fantastic Imperial Stout?”
    “That’s quite a small cock isn’t it?”
    “Can we go if we down it in one?”

    Had a curry last night, said I wanted something spicy. Waiter recommended a tarka. It’s like a vindaloo but a little otter

    I used to keep my beers in the cellar, but Marilyn Munroe said ‘Some Like It Otter’

    The head of the Otter Tears crew
    Said “Let’s make a strong Christmas brew
    An Imperial Stout
    With a ten-percent clout
    And ember berries – that Otter do”

  9. Chris Richardson says:

    The head of the Otter Tears crew
    Said “Let’s make a strong Christmas brew
    An Imperial Stout
    With a ten-percent clout
    And elderberries – that Otter do”

  10. Mark the gasman says:

    Chris are you still awake

  11. Bernard Randall says:

    “Staring into the void blissfully unaware of hangovers yet to materialise”

  12. Gavin McCloskey-Lambert says:

    The brew team kept Chris busy by having him look out for youngerberries.

  13. Mike Jones says:

    Rach was told not to look at Mr Medusa, as she would turn into a NEIPA, so far so good!

  14. Sadfield says:

    Why are they staring so intensely? Because the Elderberry Puree said concentrate.

  15. Donal Walsh says:

    100% sure there’s no smoke in there

  16. Steven Wilson says:

    This is a tricky spot the beer competition

  17. Gavin McCloskey says:

    The brew team kept Chris busy by having him look out for youngerberries.

  18. Allan Wood says:

    A watched pit will eventually boil…& then you’ll be sorry! Step away you fool!!

  19. Alex Armstrong says:

    I am Spartacus! No, I am Spartacus!

  20. Steven Wilson says:

    I left a comment and it’s not appeared.

  21. Burnley Dave says:

    “By the pricking of my thumbs, something gorgeous this way comes…..”

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