Burning Sky Blazing Bright
Mark Tranter had a dream of setting up his own brewery long before he established Burning Sky. His love of both hoppy pale ales and Belgium beer inspired him to leave Dark Star in 2013, after nearly 2 decades as a brewer, to start his own brewery which would focus on these styles. 10 years later Burning Sky is widely regarded as not only one of the best in Sussex but one of the best breweries and beer blenders in the UK and beyond.
They are a working brewery, there are no tours or tap room at their brewery in Firle, constantly aiming to be at the forefront of British brewing. They were the first brewery in the UK to install Foudres for aging their beers and 2017 saw them go even further and install a bespoke coolship to help with producing spontaneously fermented beers. It is this attention to detail and clarity of purpose that keeps Burning Sky in the top tier of breweries.
If you love Belgium brews or are passionate about pale ales and have not tried their beers before then we highly recommend checking them out. If you have tried their beers before then you know that their beers are well worth the hype. We have a wide range of their fantastic beers that you can pick up in store or order online. Here are a few highlights from their range to titillate your taste buds.
Arise Pale Ale
Arise is the house pale ale and it is a sessionable pale ale that’s perfect anytime of the day. Brewed with Pilsner and wheat malts. Backed up with a charge of Citra, Centennial and Amarillo hops to give big, peach, pine and resinous aromas. This has been a staff favourite for a long time and has permanent residence in the SDC beer fridges.
Appropriately for this Pils, Luppoleto translates from Italian as ‘hop grove’. This Italian style pilsner has flavours of cereal malt combined with citrus and grassy hop aromas and a crisp finish. It is brewed with Pilsner malt and noble German hop varieties, fermented cold then dry hopped and lagered for an extended period to craft a complex and refreshing lager.
Quench New Zealand Pale Ale
This hazy pale makes a fantastic counter point to the more restrained Arise. Sumptuous malts, apparent but easy-going bitterness to allow full flavours of the Nelson Sauvin and Riwaka hop schedule. It delivers flavours of white grape, gooseberry and passionfruit to the fore! James says this is one of their best pale ales in years so grab it while you can.
This Saison is the corner stone upon which Burning Sky is built. It was the first beer they brewed and forms the base of many of their Belgium inspired offerings. This tavern strength farmhouse beer is fermented with first Saison yeast and then with a blend of Lactobacillus and Brettonamyces whilst ageing in oak foudres. The result is tart, crisp, slightly sour & incredibly refreshing.
The Elderberry Monolith is a one-of-a-kind ale that makes the perfect companion to a cold autumnal evening. It is a wild black beer that has spent 18 months in oak before being aged for a further 6 months on local elderberries. The result is an ale which is reminiscent of a deep earthy Burgundy, with a depth of flavour that will blow you away.
Assemblage 3 Magnum
Assemblage 3 is a unique beer blending the best barrels from Burning Sky’s mixed and spontaneously fermented program. The blend was then further aged for 4 months in freshly emptied Chardonnay barrels from one of the UKs leading wineries to give a beautiful depth of character. We recommend sharing this ale with friends but you may find your want to keep it all to yourself.