Jack’s Batch 34

Jack's Batch 34 brewed at the Old Mill Brewery is named after capped Yorkshire cricketer Jack Leaning and his squad number. Developed with the help of Jack it’s described as a refreshing blonde ale with a citrusy finish, brewed with the finest Yorkshire malts and the perfect session beer for the summer.

If you are lucky enough to live locally then you can order and collect your Jack’s Batch 34 directly from Old Mill Brewery located in Snaith, East Yorkshire.  Alternatively, if for those ling a little further afield then place your order via the website and Old Mill Brewery will arrange for courier delivery to your door.

If  Old Mill haven’t done enough to encourage you to purchase they are donating 5p from every pint to the Three Bears Foundation.  The charity was set up in memory of Jane Burn and raises money for the battle against Pancreatic Cancer.  

So when purchasing your next beer why not look out for Jack’s Batch 34 from Old Mill Brewery!

Three Bears - Pint 365


Olympia closed its doors on the 2019 GBBF on Saturday 10th August 2019, it’s their 8th consecutive year at the venue. As ever the general consensus of opinion was that CAMRA once again had knocked it out of the park. With a range of literally hundreds of different beers from the UK and abroad, if you could have dreamt about a flavour then it probably would have been there. On entry, you need to make the biggest decision – whether to go for a ½ pint or ¼ pint glass. We strongly recommend a ½ pint glass as when it’s filled you might just get a little bit more and when beer tastes this good why not! And it’s not just about the beer….this year the food of offer was amazing. Just what you need between drinks. With a Winter Festival in the planning for February 2020 in Birmingham and no doubt a return next summer to London make sure to get yourselves down to at least one of them.

Stonehenge Ales

Stonehenge Ales found in Salisbury, Wiltshire are celebrating 26 years of Brewing in July 2019. They have had a very successful quarter of a century with plenty of wins from SIBA over the year with Spire Ale winning Gold in 2018, Danish Dynamite in 2017 and in 2016.

 This is all credit to the partnership between Stig Anker Andersen and Anna Marie Anderson, this has also been recognised by the South Wilts Business of the Year Awards.

Jane and the Bomber

Jane and the Bomber

As a brewery we are committed to supporting our local community and one of the charities we support is the Aviation Heritage Centre that is rebuilding the Avro Lancaster Just Jane at East Kirkby in Lincolnshire. 10p of every bottle and pint sold of our Just Jane bitter goes to the restoration fund. The Lancaster bomber is a powerful symbol of the role that Lincolnshire played in the second world war and why the county is still known today as bomber county. The only memorial to all 58,000 air crew that lost their lives flying for bomber command during the war is on a hill overlooking Lincoln.

Our Just Jane bitter is a dark English bitter at 3.8% ABV and not only do you get to enjoy a fantastic beer, but as a direct result, we have been able to donate over £3000 to the restoration in the last two year! We will be continuing to support the Just Jane restoration project in 2019 through the sales of our Just Jane bitter.

How to pull the perfect pint

How to pull the perfect pint

Perfect Pint

We all have our own idea of what the perfect pint looks and tastes like.  However one area that causes much debate is the one about the froth or foam that forms at the top of the beer - commonly known as the ‘head’.

Traditionally beer drinkers from the North prefer a thicker, creamier almost dense head on their beer whilst drinkers from the south generally prefer a much thinner, lighter almost frothier version.

As Masons is a Birmingham Company we do side with our friends in the North!!


But first things first, before you can start to pull your perfect pint you must ensure that your glass is scrupulously clean (it’s known in the trade as ‘Beer Clean’). Any traces of dirt or impurities will certainly affect the quality of your drink.  Impurities, particularly grease, can cause the head to fail or to collapse.  We recommend that you wash your beer glass with a powdered soap - your dishwasher is fine if you are using powdered tablets and not liquid soap or tabs.  Liquid soap is a form of grease which can spoil the foam or froth in seconds. We also recommend that you only use your beer glass for beer and not for anything else. 

Sparklers and Agitation

A sparkler is a nozzle that is fitted to the end of the swan neck tap.  The sparkler has a ring of small perforated holes and when fitted causes agitation to the beer in turn creating the froth or head.

The Pint365 kit contains 3 different sparklers:

Adjustable Sparkler & Locking Ring

As the name suggests this is an adjustable sparkler. The tighter you turn the sparkler onto the swan neck spout the more the beer will be agitated creating more of a head.  The locking ring is used to this sparkler in place.

0.6mm Sparkler & 1mm Sparkler

These sparklers have .6mm holes and 1mm holes respectively running around the base and are both commonly used within the trade.  When fitted they have a fixed position on the swan neck spout. The smaller holes on the 0.6mm sparkler gives the greater agitation giving a thicker, creamier head.

Please note that that some beers are naturally lively and don’t require sparklers at all.  It’s always good to check with the Brewery.



Ready to go


For a creamier or larger head firstly attach your chosen sparkler. Then hold your glass at an approximate 45 degree angle making sure the bottom of the glass is as close as possible to the sparkler without it touching. Using the handle make firm pulls with consistent pressure gradually returning your glass to the upright position as you pass the half way point.

For a lighter or frothier head remove the sparkler and increase the distance between the bottom of the swan neck spout and your glass.  Tilt the glass to a 45 degree angle and make firm pulls with consistent pressure gradually returning your glass to the upright position as you pass the half way point.


Ultimately it’s your call (or should that be pour)  -  There’s only one way to find out!