Fruit Wines and Funky Ginger Beers!


Posted by admin | Posted in Beer, Drink, Drinking, Foraging, Fruit, Wine | Posted on 10-07-2012

Over at the Craft Beer and Country Wine brewery the Ormskirk Brewing Company has been working on some exciting new ideas…

For your next big party you now have the option of ordering in funky alternative drinks whether organic, foraged or from fruits straight from the tree.

See the official website for full details or their ‘behind the scenes’ laboratory for the ins and outs!

Pendle Hedgerow Wine


Posted by admin | Posted in Berries, Drink, Foraging, Fruit, Homebrew, Wine | Posted on 31-05-2011

A special country wine has recently emerged from the Brew Centre…

Pendle Hedgerow Wine is made from fruits sourced from the Ormskirk area and includes:

  • Elderberries
  • Rosehips
  • Blackberries
  • Rhubarb

Three versions of the wine were created, one Dry at 12.7% vol and one sweet at 14% vol – both of which are bottled and have had 6 months conditioning.  The third is a special batch that has been batch maturing for over a year and will be ready in 2012.

Cannot wait…

Rhubarb Wine


Posted by admin | Posted in Drink, Foraging, Fruit, Homebrew, Wine | Posted on 14-04-2011

A genuine classic.

This was started during my early days of homebrew adventures and provided a strong motivation to keep going.

It is made from organic ingredients:

  • Rhubarb
  • Damson Plums
  • Lemon Juice.

The Rhubarb was grown in my own garden and the plums were local.  A lot of love and care went into this early wine and, luckily, it paid dividends.

With a pale, clear pink colour and an ever so smooth taste this country wine is a tad too easy to drink at 10.3 % vol.  Indeed in the early days many a bottle was finished before a secret stock was hidden away for future generations.  This stock is now back and ready for a lucky few…

Berries or Aggregate Fruits?


Posted by admin | Posted in Berries, Food, Fruit, Nature | Posted on 21-02-2011

True berries include grapes, cranberries and bananas but, confusingly, not raspberries, blackberries and strawberries!  Blackberries and Raspberries are referred to as Aggregate Fruits and the tiny hairs on their outside are remnants of stigmas and styles…well, now you know!

Sad, I know, but I had a debate about berries recently and trawled the net to answer the questions.  I can imagine some other geeky soul doing the same some time and finding this summary!