Thornbridge Takes Over The Rake

Sheffield’s finest, Thornbridge brewery, will be taking us over on Wednesday 16th October, and we couldn’t be happier about it!

Some fantastic beers (ones that you know and love, and some that are a bit special) will be hitting the bar from 6.30pm – here’s a snapshot of what we’ll have available for you:

Wild Raven – winner of World’s Best Black IPA at the World Beer Awards,
Jaipur – india pale ale,
Wild Swan – golden ale,
Ashford – brown ale,
Pica Pica – oatmeal stout,
Colorado Red – premium bitter,
Tzara – winner of Europe’s best kolsch,
Kipling – american pale ale,
Reverend & The Makers – summer pale ale,
Halcyon – india pale ale,
Raspberry Imperial Stout – self explanatory, sounds amazing…
Chiron – golden ale,
Kill Your Darlings – vienna-style lager.

Some of these will be available on cask, some in keg form, and some in bottles – whatever takes your fancy, we’ll have it for you in one form or another!

See you on the 16th!

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Brooklyn’s In The House!

On Tuesday 15th October The Rake will be hosting a tap takeover with none other than Brooklyn Brewery. Current plan is to have 11 draught beers in total, these being…

East India Pale Ale,
Silver Anniversary Lager,
Cuvee La Boite,
Chocolate Stout,
& Mary’s Maple Porter.

So all your favourite Brooklyn beers all under one roof, for one night only. Smacks of awesome, right?

The beers will be available from 5pm and we expect to be enjoying these fine brews well into the night – help us polish them off!

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1001 vs Vitesse

This is rather short notice, we know, but tomorrow (Wednesday 9th October) The Rake will be hosting a very special event featuring Hardknott brewer Dave Bailey and reknowned beer writer Adrian Tierney-Jones…

We’ll have three Hardknott kegs on the bar, these being:

Vitesse Noir, an imperial stout,
Dark Energy, a stout,
& Axial Tilt, a saison.

Adrian will be on-hand to promote and sign copies of the 2nd edition of his book, 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die.

If you don’t have a copy of this book, we will have signed copies to sell – only 20 though, so get here fast!

We will also have bottles of beers that are featured in the book – so you can read all about them while enjoying!

Kick off is 7pm, don’t miss out!

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Rocky Head/Birrificio Italiano Double Bill!

rockybirriHello all. We had some bottles of the Rocky Head Pale Ale on sale here not too long ago – they didn’t hang around for very long. Very good beers tend to sell out very quickly, you see. We are very pleased to announce then that we have a KEG of Rocky Head Pale Ale for your enjoyment. It’s just the one, so make sure you don’t miss out – we’ll be putting it on the bar this Tuesday 16th April at 6pm.

…and the very next night at 6pm, Wednesday 17th April, we’ll be putting another keg beer on the bar that is new to the Rake – Birrificio Italiano’s Extra Hop, a hoppy take on the German Pilsener style. One keg. Click here to read up on it.

So that’s Rocky Head Pale Ale on Tuesday, and Birrificio Italiano Extra Hop on Wednesday. Both at 6pm – come join us.

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Flying Dog: Preparing For Take-Off!

logoAs promised following yesterday’s brief update on our Facebook and Twitter pages, here’s the lowdown on our Flying Dog Tap Takeover, which will be happening on Wednesday 24th April from 6pm.

We’re going for a full takeover on this one, with a Flying Dog beer on each of our beer lines. Yes, that does include handpull. We’re confident we can sidestep any technical gremlins there, so here’s a list of what we’re looking to put on for you:

(Click links for more info…)

Green Tea Imperial Stout
Single Hop Imperial IPA with El Dorado
Pumpernickel IPA
Chipotle Dark Ale
Lucky SOB Irish Red Ale
Underdog Atlantic Lager
Snake Dog IPA
Raging Bitch
International Arms Race

…and we’ll be getting in bottles of Steadman, Wildeman IPA, Kujo Coffee Stout, Gonzo Imperial Porter, and Horn Dog. Ain’t no one gonna be going thirsty, that’s for sure.

That’s Wednesday 24th April from 6pm – come on down!

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IMAG0534Tap East Nebula Galaxy IPA, 330ml, 7.4%


From our ‘sister’ microbrewery, Tap East…

…Nebula is an India Pale Ale that is late-hopped and dry-hopped with Galaxy, a hop hailing from Australia. This results in lots of tropical fruit flavours with aromas of passion fruit and peach and a piney, lingering hop bitterness on the palate.

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rake_newbeersflashAfternoon – new bottles in…

Ommegang Abbey Ale (Abbey Dubbel, 8.2%)
Ommegang Three Philosophers (Abbey Quadrupel, 9.7%)
Ommegang Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison, 7.7%)
Brewfist Spaceman (IPA, 7.0%)
Haandbryggeriet Royk Uten Ild (Rauchbier, 8.0%)

Back in stock…

Samuel Smith’s Organic Raspberry (Fruit Beer, 5.1%)
Maredsous 8 Bruin (Abbey Dubbel, 8.0%)
Schloss Eggenberg Hopfenkönig (Pilsener, 5.1%)

And to share…

St. Sylvestre 3 Monts (Bière de Garde, 8.5%)

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rake_newbeersflashAfternoon all. The following bottles are now in stock:

Brooklyn Pilsner,
Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout,
Struise Tsjeeses Reserva Port Barrel Aged 2011,
Goose Island Bourbon County,
Mikkeller Yeast Series: American Ale,
Mikkeller Sort Gul Black IPA,
Brains Craft Brewery Barry Island IPA,
St Peter’s Gluten-Free.

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rooiedopRooie Dop Chica Americana IPA, 330ml, 7.1%


In the words of the brewery…

“At Rooie Dop, we don’t really care about styles. But this is our version of an American IPA. Classic example of the style? Fits perfectly into the category? No. Does it need to be? It just needs to be pretty tasty! Chinook and Cascade hops dominate this beer and are assisted by a biscuity malty backbone. You just can’t resist a Chica Americana!”

In my words…

…it’s a hop bomb. If you like your IPAs to smack you in the face will a bag full of hops, then this is the one for you. A personal favourite of mine. So leave some for me, please…

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rake_newbeersflashBonjour. We have new bottles for you. These are as follows…

Brand new to us…

Struise Westoek XX Flemish Triple Ale,
Sharp’s Honey Spiced Tripel,
Blanche de Namur.

Back in stock…

Redchurch Hoxton Stout,
Kernel IPA (Amarillo)
Dominion Hop Mountain Pale Ale,
Anchor Liberty,
Little Creatures Pale Ale,
La Trappe Tripel,
Maredsous Bruin,
St. Peter’s Honey Porter (after a long absence…)

To share…

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace,
Brooklyn Local 1,
Brooklyn Local 2.

Happy beering!

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