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(courtesy of the blog 'Pencil and Spoon') Yesterday Huddersfield's newest brewery, 'Magic Rocks' was announced. It is a joint venture between the Burhouse brothers and based at Quarmby in their mill complex which is famous for its importation of rocks and crystal, hence the brewery name. They have installed a 12 barrel brew kit at the premises with 2 fermenters initially, and acquired the brewing services of Stuart Ross, formerly of the Crown brewery in Sheffield as head brewer.

Initially the intention is to brew 5 core beers (listed below) with other seasonals based on the style made famous by craft brewers from the USA, tweaked to suit the English pallette. So watch out for beers with loads of hop flavours.

Work has started getting the brewery ready with the intention of brewing commencing next month, the first brews being released as cask beers but with bottling being an option in the future.

The intended core range will be :
Curious - 3.9% pale ale
Rapture - 4.5 % red hop ale
High Wire - 5.5% West Coast IPA
Dark Arts - 6.0% stout
Cannonball - 7.4% IPA

I, for one, cannot wait to see them on the bar in pubs round here, certainly the pump clips make them stand out from the crowd. If Stuart produces beer of the standard that he made at the Crown brewery then Huddersfield have another wonderful addition to their current crop of brewers, long may it continue.