Here you will will find details of the three official collaborations that are being brewed especially for Indie Beer Shop Day.
If you want to see details about all the amazing local collaborations that your awesome local Indie Beer Shops are organising themselves, then please
Pilot X Indie Beer Shop Day
Pilot was born when Matt Johnson and Patrick Jones met while studying for masters degrees in Brewing & Distilling at Heriot-Watt University in 2012. A shared view that there was something different to be done in brewing – not traditional real ales, but not just another U.S. craft beer clone either – led to home-brewing together, which eventually led to buying a second-hand brewhouse and moving to the heart of cosmopolitan Leith, commencing brewing right at the end of 2013.
We’ve never done things the easy way. We dismantled the plant ourselves. We moved it to Leith and rebuilt it ourselves. We dug out the drainage (pro-tip: pay real men to do that), installed the flues and built the cooling system ourselves. We design, brew and drink the beer ourselves. We even did the logo, artwork and THIS BLOODY WEBSITE ourselves. We are Pilot.
Not taking the easy road runs through everything we do. The coffee in our Mochaccino Stout isn’t supermarket instant, but beans roasted and ground to our exact specifications, the cocoa a mix of raw and roasted organic nibs. The 50% malted oat mash for Blønd is, frankly, a swine. There are no shortcuts to the results we want. It’s hard work, it takes time and it’s expensive. But it’s worth it.
Isle Of Independents
Passionfruit & Guava Sour
The beer itself was designed to be a crowd-pleaser. We used a Scottish pale malt base, oats and wheat to give us a subtly biscuitty and fairly neutral starting point. After kettle souring we fermented it out with US05 yeast before adding a shedload of passionfruit and pink guava puree for a secondary fermentation. As with all our beers, no finings or filtration were used, just plenty of time after fermentation at zero degrees to allow the beer to settle naturally.
The result is a gently soured beer (we wanted it to be smashable rather than turn-your-face-inside-out sour) with a blast of tropical fruit on the nose and more of the same on the palate. We reckon it’ll be the perfect accompaniment to your summer barbecues - we certainly look forward to trying it out ourselves.
And as for the name… apart from working with the whole tropical fruit theme, if you say it enough times it also kind of sounds like you’re saying ‘I love independents’. Go on, give it a try - ISLE OF INDEPENDENTS, ISLE OF INDEPENDENTS, ISLE OF INDEPENDENTS…
Abbeydale X Indie Beer Shop Day
Established in 1996, Abbeydale Brewery is a true Sheffield institution which blends creativity and innovation with heritage and tradition. They have grown steadily throughout their 25 years’ existence and are now capable of producing over 220 brewers’ barrels per week, employing over 25 members of staff from the local area.
In recent years, the brewery has evolved dramatically and the team’s love of experimentation has really shone through, with the launch of their Brewers' Emporium range and a move into canning establishing them firmly as part of the UK’s flourishing craft beer market. Collaborating with like-minded independent businesses is, and has been, a key part of the brewery’s identity since their foundation (from creating beers with fellow Sheffield independents such as beer shop Hop Hideout and tea company Birdhouse, to buying their coffee from local suppliers Cafeology!), and the team hold the power of beer as a mechanism to bring people together at the heart of everything they produce. Working with independent beer shops was a critical part of the brewery’s survival during the 2020-21 pandemic, with relationships in this vibrant and flourishing sector being built upon and strengthened throughout.
Dry-Hopped Pale Ale
A 4.0% pale ale, hopped and dry hopped with Idaho 7. Expect a refreshing beer with delicious flavours of stone fruits, alongside tropical notes, hints of pine and a bitter finish. The style of beer for which Abbeydale are most well known. As well as being kept at a sessionable ABV, this easy drinking beer is also vegan and gluten free (brewed using Brewers Clarex) to ensure that it is as accessible as possible.
Double Barrelled X Indie Beer Shop Day
Double-Barrelled are a proudly independent brewery, founded by a passionate home brewer, Mike and his wife Luci.
Based in Reading, we brew on a 15BBL kit, brewing two core beers Parka & Ding, and an array of specials from sharp sours, to big imperial stouts to hazy IPAs.
Our homebrew background leads us to focus on what we both love to brew but also love to drink, wanting to constantly improve each time we brew.
You can find our beer at independent pubs & bars, as well as many of the UKs awesome specialist indie bottle shops.
In My Neighbourhood
New Zealand IPA
We love the vibrant and vivid passionfruit and vinous grape notes that the New Zealand hop charge of Nelson Sauvin, Kohatu and Rakau hops bring to this juicy IPA.
Brewed to celebrate the wonderful network of independent bottle shops up and down the country working hard to keep us all stocked up with tasty beers!
Allergens: Gluten (Barley, oats, wheat)