Quality Ingredients: Maris Otter Malt from Warminster

Maris Otter Malt from Warminster which is used in McGargles’ Big Bangin’ IPA

One of the main reasons for the great taste of our Big Bangin’ IPA is the Maris Otter Malt that we use in the brew. Big Bangin’ is a single malt IPA. The Maris Otter is from Warminster who produce malt in the traditional way. They’ve been using the same methods since they began back in 1855. They spread the barley out on a heated floor and it is hand turned as rakes are pulled through the grain. It’s a labour intensive operation which means the malt isn’t cheap but we think it’s worth it! Warminster malt fresh barley for every order which ensures maximum flavour. If you come and visit the brewery you can taste the malt. It’s delicious.

We believe in using the best quality ingredients that we can find to produce our amazing beers. We will tell you about more of them in the coming weeks. Keep an eye here for that! If you want to learn more about Warminster check out this link:

Spare a thought for the lad (or lady) hand turning the malt the next time you’re enjoying one of our beers. Sláinte!


McGargles’ Beers with Chef Sham’s Sauces

McGargles’ Beers go really well with a variety of dishes. Here’s a couple of pairings that we tried recently:

We met Chef Sham at a recent food festival and he gave us some of his sauces to try with our beers. The first one we tried was the Sweet Chilli Sauce which we used in our Kedgeree. The dish is one brought back from India when it was a part of the British Empire. It includes Haddock, Boiled Eggs and Rice. Kedgeree was traditionally eaten for breakfast because we are non traditional sorts here at Rye River Brewing we had it for dinner instead. Of course we had to have a beer with it! We paired this with our Lager and the crisp cool beer provided a pleasant contrast to the hint of spice from the sauce.

Why not give this pairing a try yourself?

McGargles’ Lager with chef Sham’s Sauce

Another food pairing we tried recently was Chef Sham’s Chilli Ketchup with Homemade Sausage Rolls. McGargles’ Big Bangin’ IPA went down a treat with this. Keep it in mind when planning your next picnic.

You can order Chef Sham’s sauces and check out his recipe videos here:


Why not share your own favourite McGargles food pairing with us?

McGargles’ Big Bangin’ IPA with Chef Sham’s Chilli Ketchup and Homemade Sausage Rolls