Brewery News - Spring 2018

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Over £15,000 raised so far for Wildlife conservation by Bays Brewery. Their collaboration ale with Paignton Zoo, Crocod'ale, raised a whopping £2,650 for wildlife conservation. This now takes the overall total raised to beyond £15,000 since 2013.

Black Tor beers have been popular as far as Wales, The North and Scotland recently, and will also be served at lots of upcoming beer festival such as GBBF Winter Ales Festival in Norwich and Bradford Beer Festival. Latest Limited Edition brew available on cask throughout February and March, a refreshing light ale hopped with American Cascade and New Zealand Rakau hops with citrus and stonefruit aromas. Expansion continues at the brewery with new fermenters increasing brewing capacity to 200 casks per week. The brewery is working closely with local historian Michael Downes of Fairlynch Museum in Budleigh Salterton to launch a special ale in May to commemorate 400 years since the death of Sir Walter Raleigh.

Bath Ales newly named Hare Brewery is being built at the existing headquarters in Warmley, between Bath and Bristol. Fronted by flagship ale Gem, the four-vessel brew house will have the capacity to produce more than 50,000 brewers’ barrels of beer – more than 14.5 million pints. St Austell Brewery announced its ambitious multi-million pound plans for Bath Ales shortly after the acquisition in July 2016. The independent company, which is still family-owned, committed to a long-term investment growth plan for the Bath Ales brand and business.

Otter Brewery and the Exeter Chiefs joined forces in November to help raise money for the 2017 Poppy Appeal. During the club’s Anglo-Welsh Cup match that month against Northampton Saints, 5p from every pint of ‘Hiawotter’ (the resident Otter beer at Sandy Park) sold across all of the stadium bars was allocated to the Poppy Appeal. The brewery also continued its long-standing tradition of donating 5p from every pint of Poppy Otter sold in pubs throughout Devon, Dorset and Somerset in November and December. The combined beer sales raised a total of £1,505.27 and this has now been presented to the Royal British Legion at the home of England’s reigning Premiership Rugby champions.

At Platform 5 Brewing Co, the team say farewell to Mike Rowland and wish him well in his new venture. Business as usual though, continuing to brew the regular beers and will be brewing small batch seasonal beers through the year available on the bars of The Railway Brewhouse, Molloys in St Marychurch and Molloys in Teignmouth. Bottling has commenced and will be available soon.

Roam Brewing Co. is Plymouth’s newest brewery, formed by the team behind award winning Tavy Ales.

In early Spring 2018, Salcombe Brewery will release a Pale Ale, the first keg product to come from the brewery. The brewers have taken inspiration from the local area and have endeavoured to create a beer to represent this. A classic pale ale with a twist that has its heritage embedded in the Salcombe citrus fruit trade. Using ingredients which could have been found in Salcombe in the 19th century, they have produced a full bodied pale ale with a bouquet of orange, pink grapefruit and anise. This dry hopped pale ale boasts a robust structure and complex flavour. The two brewers, Sam & Chris have been working together to master this new brew. The latest triumph from this duo is that Devon Amber is now brewed using only British hops as the brewers continuously try and source the best British, local ingredients.

South Hams Brewery are making great strides to reposition their Brewery. They are building it on the seaward side of the Shop. You can buy Growlers for £5 and for £5 you can get them refilled.