Devon LivingIssue #05

Taking it slow

Introducing Red Rock Brewery’s award-winning Honey Beer, from the acclaimed Slow Beer range.

When it comes to innovative, quality beers, local south Devon based brewery Red Rock likes to go against the grain, quite literally! Not satisfied with their already-extensive range of delicious, handcrafted traditional real ales, the team have recently introduced a new range of edgy, craft brews to the market as well.

“we’re spending some time refining their recipes to keep them fresh and distinctive.”

Their award-winning Slow Beer range is the latest, and actually the most unique. Using the finest botanic ingredients, which are locally sourced as much as possible, the Slow range, as the name suggests, is produced slowly so that you can experience more of the flavour. There are four beers in the range: an Original Wheat, a strong and punchy Elderflower IPA, a new and improved Blackberry tipple, and the Honey Beer. Impressively, The Honey was awarded gold this year in the Speciality Light Beers category, fending off strong competition from 200 other entries from across the south west.

Red Rock owner Lewis Parkes tells us: “The award was a great achievement for us. Since we established the brewery over ten years ago, we’ve developed three different ranges of beer. There’s still demand for our real ales, but our Slow and Craft ranges are quickly growing in popularity, so we’re spending some time refining their recipes to keep them fresh and distinctive. This is the best part of the job, and it remains at the very heart of our ethos here at Red Rock.”

The Honey is a sweet, pale beer made with local Devon honey from the Haldon Honey Company. Owner Neil Graham has around 200 beehives dotted around Devon’s well known Haldon Hills, producing a lovely natural honey from clover, bramble, sweet chestnut and bells heather. Lewis has perfected the Honey Beer recipe, successfully pasteurising the honey at an exact temperature in order to achieve the best flavour.

If you’re out and about in Devon you can get your hands on Red Rock’s delicious Slow Beer range in The Taphouse & Bottle Shop in Newton Abbot, the Totnes Brewing Company and at the Real Food Store in Exeter. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled too, as there are only a limited few barrels of their cask-conditioned Honey Beer available, and it’s already generating a lot of interest with local establishments. Let’s hope you’re lucky enough to try it before it runs out!

"we’re spending some time refining their recipes to keep them fresh and distinctive."