Nyewood, Petersfield, Hampshire.
The first pint of Ballard’s was brewed in 1980 in the old cow house on the family farm in Sussex. The brewery remained at the farm until 1985 when Ballards took over the old Railway Pub at Elsted, 2.5 miles from the original site, reopening after several months of closure as the Ballards Pub.
The brewery was then installed in an outhouse behind the pub allowing increased production. When the pub was sold in 1988 the Brewery moved to new premises at the Old Sawmill in Nyewood 3 miles away. Since 1988 the brewery has continued to expand by purchasing additional neighbouring units at the Old Sawmill where it is still operating from to this day.
Midhurst Mild is a traditional mahogany brown mild, smoky, roasted nutty aroma, with sweet, molasses and dark chocolate flavours. Brewed with Pale Ale, Crystal & Chocolate Malts and Fuggle Hops. Won “Best in Class” at SIBA S.E. Brewing Competition 2001.
Golden Bine is a lovely golden yellow beer with floral lemon fragrance and soft citrus flavours and a sharp dry finish. Brewed with Pearl malt and a touch of wheat, combined with Golding and Fuggle hops.
Ballards Best Bitter is a copper auburn coloured beer with malty, fruity hoppy aromas. Full bodied, with soft fruit flavours and a dry finish. Our original brew, and still best seller, Best Bitter won Gold at the South East SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) Brewing Competition 2008.
Wild is a blend of Midhurst Mild and Wassail, this porter combines the dark smoky aromas of our Mild with the rich fruity flavours of Wassail. A warming beer for chilly evenings in spring or autumn. Won Gold in Porter category at the South East SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) Brewing Competition 2008.
The award-winning Nyewood Gold ia a Auburn bronze Premium ale with malty barley sugar and spicy hop aromas and a smooth creamy flavour with soft fruits throughout with a tasty balanced finish.
Originally brewed for the Beauty of Hops Competition 1997 to trial Phoenix hops, a new variety developed to be resistant to Wilt, the disease which has decimated English Hop Gardens.
Award-winning Wassail is a a strong chestnut ruby Premium ale with an oaky aroma containing sherry and mature fruit. The flavour is warming, fruity and strong. At 6.0% it is considered by CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale) to be a Barley Wine, but its characteristics are more those of a strong “Winter Warmer” style bitter. Originally brewed in 1980 for Ballards’ first Christmas, popular demand has forced us to brew it all the year round ever since. It was first bottled in 1995.
Continuing our tradition of annual Old Bounder barley wines, Meltdown is the current offering; dark amber, with toffee malty aromas, and strong toffee and liquorice flavour with a hint of marmite to blance the sweetness. Its 7.4% alcohol is lighter than previous versions.
A finger chilli is added to each bottle and matured for a month. A light golden beer with a strong aroma of chilli. The flavour of the vegetable is clearly tasted and the heat gives a kick at the back of the throat. The heat seems to be in the bubbles. Your mouth will quickly acclimatise and the light hop flavour of the beer can be appreciated.
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