Local Somerset Breweries
Breweries in the Somerset Branch CAMRA region
Click this link to download the listing as an Adobe Acrobat pdf file: Somerset Branch Breweries October 2018.
The Taunton Tourist Information Visitors Centre, at Market House in the town centre have full details of Somerset Branch Breweries and Cider & Perry Producers.
Pints of View (whilst stock lasts)
Copy of GBG 2018 to give full details for any enquiry whether in Somerset Branch or beyond.
Our next Meet the Brewer/ tasting evening will be at the Duke of Wellington in Minehead on Friday the 16th of November 2018 17.00 to 19.00hrs.
GIN MEETS BEER AND THE RESULT IS THE GROUND-BREAKING EXMOOR GOLD GIN FROM WICKED WOLF
Exmoor Ales was the first brewery to produce a golden ale with Exmoor Gold back in the 1980s, while Wicked Wolf was the first gin-maker on Exmoor. So it seems only right that the two of them have got together to produce the limited edition Exmoor Gold Gin, the first gin to incorporate in its ingredients a distillation of beer.
Click here to download the full press release: Exmoor Ale meets Wicked Wolf.
Silver Award Certificate for Exmoor Beast
Mick Cleveland presents the Exmoor Brewery Silver Award Certificate for Exmoor Beast in the "Barley Wine & Strong Old Ale" Category in the South West Regional Champion Beer of Britain 2017.
Exmoor Ales rolls out its ‘EXILE’ series of beers
BEST KNOWN for the original golden ale Exmoor Gold as well as the likes of Stag and Beast, Exmoor Ales is also rolling out its ‘EXILE’ series of beers, a range of small batch, modern style, limited range beers that differ from its regulars and were introduced in 2017. Exmoor Ales Press Release
Next summer marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the Moon, and Exmoor Ales of Wiveliscombe, Somerset, has started the celebrations early with Apollo, the latest release in their ‘Exile’ range, one of several small-batch, modern style beers introduced in 2017 and which differ from the brewery’s regular portfolio. Download full details: Exmoor Ales Apollo Press Release.
Quantock Titanium West Coast IPA By Quantock Brewery - British Craft Beer Review:
Quantock did rather well at this years SIBA South West Awards, walking away with 4 awards.
* Wills Neck – Bronze – Cask British Bitter up to 4.4%
* Rale Head – Bronze – Bottle Bitter up to 4.4%
* Titanium – Silver - Premium Pale Ales 5.5% to 6.4%
* QPA – GOLD – Cask Session Pale Ales up to 4.4%
Although we didn’t win overall gold for the day, we walked award as the highest honoured brewery from the event, no other brewery took 4 awards.
It also means that QPA will be entered into the national finals at BeerX in 2019.
Reported by Jodie Norris, National Craft Manager at Quantock Brewery.
2 younger brewers, James and Dan, are now doing Small Batch brews, this will be a monthly item only available in small runs and only available the last weekend of each month at our Taproom. As you may be aware, we did our first one of these last month, which was our Milkshake, it sold out in just 4 hours, so those wanting to taste it need to make sure they are hear on launch days. I’ve added to the calendar of event below when each small batch will be available and will keep you all updated.
21st July 2018 – Pop up bar – Somerset Sets Music Event – The Brew House Theatre, Taunton.
(More dates and venues to be added shortly)
10th Anniversary Beer Festival – Quantock Brewery Taproom – Friday 27th to Sun 29th July 2018 – details to follow.
£4million investment for Butcombe Brewery
A well-known brewery has decided to expand it's operation with a huge investment including buying a new facility in Bridgwater. Butcombe Brewing Company has invested in four new projects costing £4 million including a new craft beer production unit, newly installed packaging lines, alongside a beer storage and delivery facility in Bridgwater, creating 12 local jobs.
The Liberation Group acquired Butcombe Brewery in November 2015, bringing together two of Britain’s best-known independent brewery and pub companies, which have 94 pubs, bars and eateries, two breweries brewing over 30,000 barrels of award winning beer as well as retail and wholesale operations employing more than 750 staff.
The Liberation Group, the award winning pubs, eateries and drinks business in the Channel Islands, was formed in 2008 following a management buyout backed by Legal & General Capital, through LGV Capital supporting a management team led by Mark Crowther. The Company has established itself as the leading pub and drinks business in the Channel Islands, with 75 predominantly freehold pubs, the Liberation Brewery and two retail and wholesale drinks supply businesses.
Butcombe Brewery was founded in 1978 and is the leading brewer and pub operator in Somerset, Bristol, Bath, the Mendips and the Cotswolds, with 19 managed pubs and the multi-award winning Butcombe Brewery. The company prides itself on its traditional, classic pubs, prize winning beers, as well as Ashton Press ciders from its wholly owned subsidiary, the Long Ashton Cider Company.
SOMERSET GREEN HOPS
Below is an article written by Ian Pearson of Stowey Brewery
Somerset is not known for its hop growing, on the whole, people associate Somerset with cider orchards and perhaps cave aged Cheddar. However at the end of a secluded garden in the village of Nether Stowey, in the Quantock Hills, grow probably the county’s only semi-commercial hop crop. Originally three hop rhizomes were planted. Now, whilst hops grow like weeds, they can be a little temperamental to start with and only one took, the only problem is that no one is quite sure which one did so and the plant is either an East Kent Goldings or Fuggles. Whatever, it’s a Kentish hop and perfect for making a green hopped beer in the early autumn. The time of the hop harvest came. Ian of Somerset’s smallest brewery, the Stowey Brewery, waited for white vans full of Slovenian gypsies to turn up to help him out, but in vain. So the entire crop of four Sainsbury’s carrier bags had to be harvested by hand with only Steve Wright on Radio 2 to keep him company. With the harvest gathered it was time to make the beer. The decision was made to make two small batches of beer, a classic English Bitter and American style pale ale. When designing a recipe, great care is usually taken to get the right balance of malt and hops and to ensure that it has the precise degree of bitterness. This involves taking the ‘alpha acid’ measurement of the hops to get the perfect number of Europeans Bitterness Units (EBUs) and this is usually measured to the gram. These beers were measured in carrier bags! And it was one carrier bag per brew. The bitter contained pale and crystal malts and a classic ale yeast, the pale had maize and wheat added to the barley malt with an American West Coast yeast. The former was made at a higher temperature than the US style one to create slightly more complex beer. And the end result – well who better to try it than the local CAMRA branch members. So, a charabanc was organised from Watchet and half a dozen beer aficionados came along to taste the beers. And their verdict? ‘It was generally accepted that the beer was of high quality’. Praise indeed! To sample these small batch ales have a look at www.stoweybrewery.co.uk for details of the ales in production and where to find them.