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Along with craft beer, gin is having a moment. Occasionally the two mix. Wild Beer Co and Northern Monk are among the breweries eyeing up distilleries and making spirits
Siren Craft Brew is one of the country's most innovative breweries. We chat to founder Darron Anley and Head Brewer Kyle Larsen to find out why
Estonia's Sori Brewing crowdfunded in 2014 and 2015 and has since become very well respected in particular for its hoppy IPAs and dark beers. We spoke to CEO and co-founder Pyry Hurula to find out what exactly they are doing right
Your beer is amazing. What are you doing right?Our team has done its homework. Our lead brewer (Heikki Uotila) is super talented and has a good understanding of all properties of the
Williams Bros are one of the most exciting breweries in Britain. Here we speak to co-founder Scott Williams about how the beer scene has changed since 1988 and using traditional ingredients
Williams Bros started in 1988 - was there a feeling that the beer scene in the UK was changing even then? To be honest the opportunity in the beer scene never really occurred to us in a general sense. Prior to brewing heather ale our involvement in brewing was essentially at the homebrew level – through a couple of shops of our own in Glasgow and Aberdeen as well as supplying other homebrew retailers from our wholesale business covering the UK and Ireland. We had contact with a few small brewers at this time by supplying them with malted barley, hops and often yeast but none were doing particularly well and ultimately gave up the ghost.
Co-Director John Gyngell on a remarkable success story
It’s a simple enough question to pose: Do you want to a) die or, b) retire without starting a brewery? It was two years ago when John Gyngell asked a question to his fellow director at North, the group behind the small collection of pubs around Leeds that includes the famous craft beer mecca North Bar. That question ‘do you want to die or retire without having started a brewery?’ was met with a resounding ‘no’ from Christian Townsley. Within months, a site was found and a head brewer in place in the form of Seb Brink. In November 2015, the brewery officially opened.
In two short years since it has become one of the leading breweries in the country. We caught up with co-founder and director John to find out more of the amazing story that started with one of the best beer bars in the country.
“There is a slight myth that has
We headed down to Bermondsey to catch up with Fourpure's Head Brewer John Dribergen
Head Brewer John Dribergen
Fourpure was founded in 2013 by brothers Dan and Tom Lowe. It has since emerged as one of the shining lights of the new London brewing scene, growing into one of the biggest breweries in the capital. It is widely respected for the quality and consistency of the core range, as well as an exciting range of one-off beers and a highly-rated Adventure Series, several of which are in this month’s beer case. Things never really stand still at this brewery.
At a recent collaboration brew Beer Hawk did with Fourpure and North Brewing Co, we learnt about a new brewhouse that should be installed and brewing by the time you read this. It should also be said that their canning line is one of the most modern anywhere, and guarantees a super fresh product. Also new is a sensory panel
The Highland elements are what makes Fyne Ales so special, as Daniel Neilson discovered when he met MD Jamie Delap. Photograph by Dougie Cunningham (www.leadinglines.net)
"Today's rain will be tomorrow's brew water," Jamie Delap tells me while looking at the sky. He means it literally. "The water for the brewery comes from that burn," he says pointing up the hill. I've travelled to Loch Fyne in the Highlands to visit Fyne Ales. It is the most beautiful setting of any brewery I've visited.
Loch Fyne weaves its way 65 kilometres inland from the Sound of Bute coming to a head just below the brewery. We follow the River Fyne a little further into Glen Fyne and come across a handful of modest whitewashed farm buildings. Around us, mountains briefly reveal themselves in the swirling white cloud. Water, rock, cloud, sun, peat, grass: these are the elements that dominate
Out of Denmark is our beer buyer’s new favourite brewery: Dry & Bitter. Not only do they have great names for the beers (hello Christian Bale Ale), the liquid itself is a great accomplishment. We spoke to co-founder Søren Wagner about the Danish beer scene
Tell us about the ethos you started out with at Dry & Bitter? Dry & Bitter was always going to be a passion project first. The ethos and the philosophy is to brew and sell super fresh hoppy beers that have great flavour, but which are balanced drinking beers rather than extreme. I always say that you need to be able to drink a pint of a beer for it to be balanced and that is what we are fighting for. Apart from that, we focus deeply on creating complex sours where the key word, yet again, is balance. It
Birra del Borgo has been at the forefront of Italian craft brewing from Borgorese, Italy – about 60 miles east of Rome – since 2005. Founded by the CEO, Leonardo di Vicenzo, they’ve been turning out reinterpretations of classic styles ever since
When di Vicenzo saw the potential in opening a brewery he gave up his PhD in biochemistry to follow his passion for craft beer. Drawing inspiration from his travels throughout Europe, he decided that Birra del Borgo should respect the traditional low carbonation, very full-bodied and fruitiness compelling characteristics from the classic beers of Belgium and the UK while also finding innovative ways to put the Birra del Borgo stamp-of-creativity in the bottle. What we’ve got today are beers which are reminiscent of ancient brewing traditions
Mike Hess Brewing of San Diego has quickly risen to be one of the most respected breweries on the California West Coast. Beer Hawk have just started stocking its award-winning beers. Here are the highlights
The plaudits speak for themselves: World Beer Cup Winner 2016 Gold Award for the Claritas Kölsch and voted San Diego’s Best Brewery, which is quite saying something when you are up against Green Flash, Ballast Point, Modern Times, Stone and AleSmith. So what is it about Mike Hess, a newcomer to British shores at least, that has caught the beer world’s attention?
Mike Hess was started by, you’ve guessed it, Mike Hess back in 2010. Amazingly, this was the 33rd brewery to open in the city. Mike himself was a homebrewer for some 15 years, before making the jump to become a commercial ‘nano brewer’.
Having the Yeastie Boys as our September Brewery of the Month was a no-brainer; we love these guys. Who wouldn't? Co-Founder, Stu McKinlay, is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, the beer is amazing and there's no need to Sleep 'till Brooklyn (get ready for more of these) because we can now get some of New Zealand's finest beers right here in the UK.
Yeastie Boys, spearheaded by founders Mr. McKinlay and Sam Possenniskie, broke onto the New Zealand craft beer scene in 2008. They were quick to Make Some Noise when their Pot Kettle Black Porter won multiple awards in 2009. Quickly establishing themselves as the benchmark for New Zealand craft beer they've now turned their attention to a more Intergalactic (seriously, only a couple more) distribution by way of the New
Millionaire: a chocolate and salted caramel stout. Wild Goose Chase: a tart beer, loaded with gooseberries and fermented with a yeast from a local orchard. Smoke ‘n’ Barrels: a lager using malts that have been smoked with cherry wood, rosemary and sage, all using a home built smoker. Yep, Wild Beer Co brewers certainly live up to their motto: Drink Wildly Differently. This is a brewery on a mission to change the perception of what a beer can be, while all the time keeping them incredibly drinkable.
Take one of our favourites, Sleeping Lem
Re Inventing Italian Craft Beer
Re Ale, KeTo Re Porter, Duchessa, Cortigianna. Now you're speaking our language! Or Italian, to be exact. We are so excited to welcome the Italian craft brewery, Birra del Borgo, as our brewery of the month for July. Birra del Borgo has been at the forefront of Italian craft brewing from Borgorese, Italy--about 60 miles east of Rome--since 2005. Founded by the CEO, Leonardo di Vicenzo, they've been turning out reinterpretations of classic styles ever since.
When di Vicenzo saw the potential in opening a brewery he gave up his PhD in biochemistry to follow his passion for craft
We're very excited to present a new-to-us brewery as our May Brewery of the Month: Mondo Brewing Company. Established in early-2015 in an old converted warehouse in Battersea by two Americans, Mondo has been making waves with their straightforward and technically-sound beers. Brewing styles they like to drink and drawing influences from all over the world--err, mondo--this small crew has big plans, big ideas and a bright future.
Head-brewer and Co-Founder, Tom Palmer, was gracious enough to answer some questions posed to him by our Beer Sommelier, Maggie. Have a read of the interview below so you can get a better idea of what you're tasting when you drink their beer:
What should we know about who Mondo Brewing is? What's behind the name?
Mondo, the word itself, has myriad variations in romance languages. It means
Since they've only been brewing since last spring, I don't have a long, storied history with these guys and gals from Manchester. Indeed, my first real taste of their beers was at last September's Leeds International Beer Festival. I was drawn in by their sleek branding and cool-looking bar at the festival. After striking up a conversation with Paul Jones, co-founder and beard-wearer extraordinaire, I could tell instantly that that we were going to be best friends. Well, me and the beer at least.
You see, with the industry being the way it is these days a fine-tuned brand image can be met with a bit of skepticism when first entering the market. How much work could a brewery have actually put into their beer if they've already got etched and logo'd glassware? T-shirts? Badges? (One might ask...)
But this was not a man rattling off tasting notes or other rehearsed jargon. This was no salesman who may as well have been talking to me about carpet installation. There was