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Meet the Brewers: Lee Coates – Beatnikz Republic

As part of our regular Meet The Brewer Sessions, we catch up with the creators of some of our favourite beers.

This week, we find out about Manchester city-centre based brewers, Beatnikz Republic - whose Kentucky Riot and Prague Away beers feature in our Manchester Box.

We spoke to Production Manager Lee Coates who tells us about the brewery’s humble beginnings, experimenting with barrels and bourbon, and the pride of seeing your beers being served in the pub.

Tell us about Beatnikz Republic

We are based in Manchester and we’ve been trading for around three years now. Initially, it started off as a one-man band with our owner Paul on a small 4 barrel kit but soon developed into a much larger operation. I was brought on as a brewer during our first expansion, but have expanded even further since and now produce over 30,000 litres of beer each month. Our range is diverse and we experiment with many different styles but our most popular beers are sours, New England IPAs & West Coast IPAs.

 How have you found lockdown?

Naturally, it’s been a challenge but we’re adapting and progressing through it and accelerated our output as we purchased our own canning line which meant we could deliver small pack beer directly to people’s doorsteps, as well as still maintaining our relationship with wholesalers and local traders.

Nothing gives us more pleasure than walking into a pub and seeing our beer being served on draught, so we’re definitely missing that aspect of it but we’ll keep plugging away and alongside many of Manchester’s other fantastic breweries, we’ll hopefully be back in pubs as soon as possible.

Tell us a bit more about Prague Away.

Prague Away is our first foray into lagers and we’re delighted with it. It’s crisp, citrussy and light – everything we were looking to achieve from a 4% lager. We keep it in tank for at least six weeks – two weeks primary fermentation then a four week lagering phase. It’s hopped with a german variety hop, which gives it that slightly herbal and lemony notes and then left to condition at cold temperatures which allows for that clean flavour profile to shine through.

Any plans for the future?

We’re always looking to progress and be more experimental – both with our beers and general process. We’re currently undergoing a barrel-aging programme which has recently seen its first output. We took our Imperial Russian Stout – Russian Riot – and allowed it to age a bourbon cask for around nine months. It’s taken on a beautiful oak character which blends in well with the addition of cherries in the original recipe and compliments the dark roasted malts perfectly. We’ve also got our popular Seriously Mixed Up Sour in both red and white wine barrels which is most likely to become available in 2021.  

Other than that, we just hope for a healthy 2021 for all and look forward to the day we can all gather round the fire in our favourite pub and finally get back to normality!

You can keep up to date with Beatnitz by following them online and on social media:

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