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Bread and Butter by Vocation Brewery

Dry Hopped Pale, 3.9%

Layers of US hops are set against a backbone of British malts, so what this beer lacks in strength, it makes up for in character. Flavours and aromas of pine, peach, lychee & citrus fruits, tempered by a smoothly rounded bitterness.

The live tasting of this beer was on 25th February 2021 #BeerBods

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The Story

John Hickling had already left one career in IT behind him when he and his uncle founded Nottingham-based Blue Monkey Brewery in 2008. So when he sold his stake in that brewery five years later, he was at a loss for what to do next.

Anyone who has lived in Yorkshire will know the feeling of longing and nostalgia once in exile from God’s Country. So it was that John returned to his hometown of Heptonstall and whatever plans or ideas he might have had it soon became clear that these needed to involve beer. It was his, err, vocation.

Aptly named then, Vocation Brewery gave John the opportunity to start from scratch and apply all the accumulated knowledge he’d gained at Blue Monkey into something and somewhere new.

Vocation Brewery was launched in Cragg Vale, Hebden Bridge in early 2015. Amidst the post-industrial mill towns, valleys and moorland you might think this would be a very traditional place... and the beer there equally so. But this part of Calderdale is as well known for its artistic heritage as it is for its ‘satanic mills’.

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In 2005 nearby Hebden Bridge was declared the 4th quirkiest place in the world by a British Airways inflight magazine. Quoted as "modern and stylish in an unconventional and stylish way" it has a quirkiness that seems to show little sign of abating with the profusion of fiercely independent local businesses and a cast of local, somewhat oddball, celebrities.

Inspired by this independence the beers by Vocation have a very modern outlook. 

“Drinkers are wanting to know a lot more about their beer, not just that it tastes good but about the depth of flavours, style and where it’s come from. They want something that makes it stand out from others they may have tried.”

Music to our ears. This week’s beer, Bread and Butter, really showcases their approach. Proving that a beer doesn't have to be high ABV to be special, this beer lives up to the name with intense notes of hot, freshly buttered toast. Perfect for cracking open and enjoying with your favourite meal! Pouring pale gold and boasting aromas of fresh peach and citrus fruits, this starts off fairly sweet with a mouth smacking bitterness towards the end. At only 3.9%, this will surprise you with the intensity of flavours and strong hop character.


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