A Beer With… Stuart Ross, Magic Rock Brewing

At Simpsons Malt we’ve been producing quality malt for over 150 years, supplying some of the top breweries in the UK and around the globe!

We pride ourselves on the great relationships we build with our customers, ensuring consistency in quality and even providing support through the brewing process.

Next up in our A Beer With… series we caught up with Magic Rock Brewing Co’s Head Brewer Stuart Ross to talk all things beer.

A customer of Simpsons Malt since 2012, Stuart told us what’s next for the Huddersfield brewery as well as which Simpsons Malt malt he loves the most.

What’s your favourite Simpsons Malt malt and why?
“We had tasted great results from other breweries using Golden Promise from Simpsons Malt, so it was Golden Promise that first drew us towards using Simpsons as our main malt supplier. Aside from using Golden Promise as our main base malt I’d say that the T50 Crystal has to be my favourite – not only is it a great brewer’s snack but it also provides a vibrant colour, malty flavour and adds great consistency to the beers we use it for.”

What has been the biggest challenge for you in the brewing market over the last few years?
“Magic Rock is a relatively new and progressive brewery, experiencing consistent growth and demand over the last 7 years. Maintaining high quality consistently has been the biggest challenge during our continued expansion and growth as a company. Simpsons Malt has always been there for us to provide a consistent, stable and repeatable base for our beers.”

If you could only drink one beer style for the rest of your life, what would it be?
“I’m really torn in two different directions with beer styles – I love a classic Yorkshire Bitter or Pale Ale like Timothy Taylors Landlord or Acorn Barnsley Bitter,  bur I’m also a huge a fan of the classic US West Coast IPA … let’s go for the cask Yorkshire Bitter this time!”

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
“Taste everything!”

 What Magic Rock beer are you most proud of?
“Cannonball –  it was the first beer we ever brewed. I’m very proud of how we developed it over the first few years and then brewed it consistently through various expansions and process improvements.”

 What’s next for Magic Rock? What new beers do you have coming up?
“We’re currently working on a new canned IPA which will be New England style with plenty of adjunct malts, oats, wheat and rye with a solid base of Golden Promise.”

If you enjoyed reading this, why not check out what Darron Anley from Siren Craft had to say when we caught up with him!

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