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Fallen Angel Microbrewery

Fallen Angel Microbrewery

At the Fiery Foods Festival at the beginning of April this year I finally managed to run into the Fallen Angel Microbrewery, they have been brewing chilli beer for over 5 years now as part of their extensive range of 16 bottle conditioned beers.

Unlike other chilli beers which seem to be a promotional items, which have only been brewed for publicity there are really drinkable, there is no chilli floating in the bottle or chilli flakes or extract added to a bottled beer.

Fire In the Hole and Black Death Chilli Beersv

Fire In the Hole and Black Death Chilli Beers

The Fallen Angel brewers have worked hard to develop these beers with the chillies being added in what they describe as partial mashes, where the chillies are included at the start of the brewing process, which seems to help the chilli impart its flavour as well as its heat to the brew.
They have two chilli beers in the range:-

Black Death – Is a dark oatmeal stout made with naga chillies. At 5.2% by volume it is strong beer, and goes just as well on a cold winter evening as a winter warmer or as a summer drink to be savoured with friends.

Fire in the Hole – This is a much lighter brew at 4% and is best served as recommended ice cold, it is brewed with hottest fresh green chillies they can find, and while still having a good kick, it is easy to let a bottle or two slip down while cooking a BBQ.

Of all the chilli beers I have tasted these rate as the best so far, they are not something I would try just once for the hell of it, but if they were available locally would be a regular in my basket, these beers need national distribution, but don’t take my word for it, buy your own, or even better buy me another.

The brewery was established in 2005 in a small unit in Battle, East Sussex, as they business grew it had to relocate to larger premises in 2007 and after a change of ownership in 2009 they moved again to a new Industrial unit in East Hoathly.

Normally the entire output of the brewery is bottled with cask and keg ale only produced on special request.

The partial mash process is not a traditional brewing process in the UK, but is widely used in continental Europe, it enables them to make short runs of beer and make their wide range of 16 specialist beers.

For more information visit www.fallenangelbrewery.com
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Based in Lancaster in the North West, this business stems from the obsession of Ivor Davies for all things spicy. His main motivation is to allow the general public to discover the wonderful world of chillies and the many tasty derivatives that we know and love.

The Devil’s Garden

The Devil’s Garden

Ivor’s plan is to develop the business during 2010 and build up a range of good tried and tested hot products from around the world as well as selling organically home-grown rare chilli plants such as Purple Tiger and the Trinidad Scorpion.

Ivor is very keen to push customer service with online and offline orders being efficiently and promptly processed by his keen and knowledgeable team.

A stand can be found every Saturday at the Lancaster charter market which is already bringing regular custom from the North West area, while the web site is designed to be simple to navigate and with informative information about each product.

You can visit them either online at www.thedevilsgarden.co.uk or in the Lancaster charter market on Saturdays.
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Tim Murphy contacted us a while ago to tell us about his new venture “Cambridge Chilli Farm” after the arrival of a little boy in September 2008, Tim who has previously run a small part time nursery dedicated to Hellebores, decided to go full time, but not growing Hellebores but chillies.

So in January 2009, the first large batch of seeds was sown and the new venture started. With three polytunnels they could grow a good crop of chillies and by mid June they started producing ripe chillies.

After much development and some help from the local authorities they started producing their own relishes, Jellies and sauces. Then in July 2009 they did their first Farmers Market in St. Ives Nr Cambridge.

Cambridge Chilli Farm Stall

Now they are regulars on the Farmers Markets with a stand at The St. Ives, Cambridge, Ely and Ramsey markets

They have a range of Sauces which we hope to review as time goes on, including:- Ghost Pepper ‘10’ Sauce – An all natural sauces which boasts 10 Naga Morich per bottle.

And Naga Napalm Sauce, Habanero Hot Sauce, Pineapple & Habanero Hot Sauce, Sweet Chilli Sauce, Smoky Chipotle Sauce, Tomato & Chilli Sauce.

As well as a impressive collection of spicy jellys , jam and a smoky relish:- Raspberry & Chilli Jelly, Lime & Chilli Jelly, Cranberry & Serrano Chilli Jelly, Habanero Gold Jam and Red Onion & Smoky Chipotle Relish.

No online shop as yet, but they accept Cheques and PayPal, So if you are in Cambridge visit one of the local farmers markets and let us know what you think.

UPDATE:  Tim has also now added an shop to their web site, so you can now order on-line

Visit www.cambridgechillifarm.co.uk for more information

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Dartmoor chilli farm established in 2007 is located on the outskirts of Ashburton within the beautiful Dartmoor National Park. It is run by Phil and Kay Palmer. Kay has trained in floristry, horticulture and holistic therapies. Phil has a diploma in computer studies and is the chilli enthusiast. They grow over 90 varieties of sweet pepper and chilli plants along with rhubarb, herbs and vegetables.

Dartmoor Chilli Farm

Dartmoor Chilli Farm

They run the farm holistically and organically without the use of herbicides or pesticides and use nature and hard work to minimise the damage caused by pests such as biological control, companion planting, and regular hand removal of slugs and snails which are given a holiday to another part of the nursery. Being both vegan we realise the importance of living in harmony with nature and our surroundings and therefore do not kill any pests but encourage natural wildlife habitats to create a greater biodiversity.

“We have a very low carbon foot print and caring for the environment is very important to us. The nursery is off grid therefore we create our own electricity with 4 large solar panels and a small wind turbine, up until July 2009 we only used rain water which we collected in over ten 1000 Litre water buts. We now have a bore hole which has given us our own drinking water and allowed us to water the plants with a hose pipe when necessary. We consciously re-cycle all of our household waste and by conscious shopping methods have not had to add anything to landfill in over two years.” Says Phil.

They have an extensive range of vegan chilli chocolate with the exception of the milk chilli chocolate. The range of dark chocolate contains 70% cocoa and is available in plain, orange, mint and coffee. The vegan theme continues in the range of chutneys along with the chilli jam, sauces and chilli jelly.

“We are passionate about what we do and proud of everything that we have achieved, in a world where most companies are only concerned with gross profits we are a small company who have embraced a sustainable living which allows us to work in harmony with nature whilst holistically growing and producing a range of chilli plants and produce that we can sell locally and nationally.”

You can find out more about the Dartmoor Chilli Farm at their web site www.dartmoorchillifarm.co.uk
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