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Robinsons

 

Robinsons Brewery LogoRobinso Brewery

CONTACT US
Frederic Robinson Ltd, Unicorn Brewery, Stockport, Cheshire  SK1 1JJ
Tel. 0161 4806571  Fax. 0161 4766011
e-mail info@frederic-robinson.co.uk  website  www.frederic-robinson.com 

OUR BEERS

UNICORN 4.2% ABV
Ingredients
British pale malts, crystal malt, small percentage of flaked maize and torrefied wheat, caramel for colour adjustment. Goldings whole hops and a small percentage of other British grown varieties; dry hopped in cask with Goldings.
Nose

Rich and complex aromas of Goldings hops, malt and tart fruit.
Palate

Superb mouth-feel of rich malt and hops, long dry finish with citric fruit notes.
Comments

Magnificent pale, tart and quenching complex brew; one for the desert island. Gold Medal winner 1998 Brewing Industry International Awards.

DOUBLE HOP
Tasting Notes
Richly flavoured classic golden Bitter Beer with an interesting balance of both hop flavour and hop bitterness.

Full bodied with rich malt and hops in the mouth and a long lingeringly hop dominated finish with tangy citric fruit and roasted malt.

Complex but distinctive first gold and golding dry hop aroma.

HATTERS 3.3% ABV
Brewed with quality hops and barley and cask conditioned to produce a mellow, well balanced brew with 3.3% alcohol.

Ingredients
Halcyon and Pipkin pale malts, crystal malt, small percentage of flaked maize and torrified wheat, caramel for colour adjustment. Goldings whole hops and small percentage of Northdown; dry hopped in cask with Golding pellets.
Nose

Light nut and malt aromas
Palate

Nutty malt in mouth, quenching balance of hops in finish.
Comments

Excellent session beer. Caramel is added for Dark Hatters.

OLD TOM  8.5% ABV
A famous winter warmer and that rarity an 'old ale' on draught, it has been brewed continuously since 1899 to produce a flavour richly redolent of the malted barley, 'winey' colour and no less than 8.5% alcohol.

Ingredients
Halycon and Pipkin pale malts, crystal malt, small percentage of flaked maize and torrified wheat, caramel for colour adjustment. Goldings whole hops and small percentage of Northdown; dry hopped in cask with Goldings pellets.
Notes
Heady, vinous aromas of dark fruit.
Palate

Booming balance of ripe malt and peppery hops; deep port wine finish with bitter hops balance.
Comment

Dark, rich and warming superior strong ale.

OLD STOCKPORT BITTER  3.5% ABV
Hoppy and refreshing, with 3.5% alcohol, many customers prefer it as a lighter alternative to Best Bitter, especially at lunchtimes.

Ingredients
Halcyon and Pipkin pale malts, crystal malt, small percentage of flaked maize and torrified wheat, caramel for colour adjustment. Goldings whole hops and small percentage of Northdown; dry hopped in cask with Goldings pellets.
Nose

Delicate hop resin aroma.
Palate

Light balance of malt and hops in mouth, bitter sweet finish.
Comments

Light session bitter
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HARTLEYS XB  4.0% ABV
Cask-conditioned in the time-honoured manner XB is famed far and wide for its rich body and is a smooth bitter ale with a subtle tang of malt. 4% alcohol.

Ingredients
Mild ale malt, crystal malt, small percentage flaked maize and invert sugar. Goldings and Styrian Goldings whole hops.
Nose

Pronounced malt aroma with some full fruits.
Palate
Rounded malt in mouth, long dry slightly acidic finish with fruit notes.
Comments

A pale tart beer now brewed to Hartley’s original recipe.

OUR HISTORY

The story begins on the 28th September 1838, when William bought the Unicorn Inn, Lower Hillgate, Stockport, from Samuel Hole and began running it as a retails business. His younger son Frederic joined him in 1865 and started to brew his own beer, but he soon branched out into the wholesale business. On the 3rd May 1876, shortly after his father's death, he purchased The Railway at Marple Bridge and so began the growth of the estate. William, Frederic's eldest son, joined him aged 14 in 1878, by which time a horse and dray was also owned so deliveries could be made by themselves.

Frederic and Emma with their son William and daughter Mary - William, pictured here with his mother, became Chairman of Frederic Robinson Limited in 1920.

When Frederic died in 1890, he was the owner of 12 licensed houses. The business then passed to his widow, Emma. On the 7th October 1920, the business became a Limited Company, being run at that time by William and his sons, Frederic, John and Cecil. Today the company is run by the fifth generation of Robinsons, Peter, Dennis and David. Over the years acquisitions have been made, including Scholfields of Ashton-under-Lyne, Kays Atlas Brewery of Ardwick and Bell & Co. of Stockport. The most recent being the 26th July 1982, when Hartleys (Ulverston) Limited became part of Robinsons. Hartleys origins can be traced back to 1755, however it was not until 1896 that the Hartley family commenced their ownership.

 

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