When, in 1841, the two ends of the Box Tunnel met underground there was less than 2 inches of error in their alignment. This feat was largely thanks to the extraordinary vision of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
With similar precision Box Steam Brewery has engineered a meeting of Target, Challenger and Goldings hops to create Tunnel Vision - a perfectly aligned clean tasting, light-amber bitter.
On 7th Sept 1859 the largest ship the world had ever seen, Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Great Eastern, was launched. It’s five black funnels, lined up like pints of porter on bar.
However, two days later a build up of steam blew one of the Great Eastern’s funnels clean off. An event that years later inspired this porter’s name.
Skilfully built from citrus Target, spicy Challenger and earthy Fuggle hops, our porter is a voyage of vanilla sweetness and bitter chocolate.
Deep Golden Ale
The talented Isambard Kingdom Brunel didn’t get everything right. His early trains were propelled by pistons sealed by leather valves - leather that proved fatally vulnerable to damp, cold weather. It’s reassuring to learn that even the one of the greatest Britons sometimes ends up Piston Broke.
A robust golden ale, refreshingly hoppy with bittersweet fruity aromas, Piston Broke is a blend of Goldings and Cascade hops that never fails, whatever the weather.
On March 1st 1876, Bristolian John Chiddy prevented the Flying Dutchman derailing and plummeting down into the Avon. A bridge’s keystone had fallen onto the track. He managed, in the nick of time, to lever it clear saving the lives of countless passengers… but he was struck by the train.
Derail is a traditional hoppy IPA brewed from Admiral, Cascade and Chinook hops and we ask that when you enjoy a glass you raise it to Bristol’s forgotten hero, John Chiddy.
The Royal Albert Bridge is one of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s greatest engineering triumphs, and the iron marvel is still going strong today. Hidden under layers and layers of paint is Brunel’s mysterious Golden Bolt… at least that’s what they say.
No one’s ever found Brunel’s elusive rivet, but discerning beer drinkers will uncover the subtle peach notes in our award-winning Golden Bolt, a wonderfully soft, citrus flavoured session ale with a light, dry finish.
Back in Brunel’s day, some believed the sound and motion of a locomotive could trigger passengers’ dark desires and cause instant insanity…
Those shady characters should have let off steam with a pint of Soul Train.
Driven by a desire for something new, our APA updates the classic recipe and brings the ABV down to session levels. With tropical fruit and citrus flavours balanced out with a gentle biscuity maltiness, Soul Train is brewed for those thirsting for a crazy new craft ale.
A pony truck on a steam locomotive is an axle with two unpowered wheels designed to help negotiate curves on the line.
Our Pony Truck has nothing to do with axles, wheels or negotiating curves – we just like the sound of it and think it suits our super hoppy pale ale.
Brewed with Wai-iti and First Gold hops, Pony Truck is refreshing and juicy, with a truckload of ripe peach flavours.
Working on his Great Western Railway in 1836, Brunel jested about extending the railroad all the way to American with a steamship company. Banter got real when the SS Great Western crossed the Atlantic that same year.
Brunel’s ‘floating palace’ proved anything was possible in Steam Time.
We’re not joking when we say we’ve combined all the best bits of UK and US IPAs; Admiral, Cascade and Mandarina Bavaria hops unite with crystal malt for an intense aroma, with balance and finesse.
Chocolate mint porter
It’s true what they say – we don’t stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing. Wind-up toys were all the rage in the prosperous 19th century. Like our collectibles, we make sure our beer’s in Mint Condition.
Playfully brewed with Target, Challenger and Fuggle, Mint Condition toys with roasted barley and chocolate malts for a lively bittersweet twist.
If, like us, you’re feeling a bit vintage, our timeless porter will have you running like clockwork.
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Gustav Ernst invented the portable home gymnasium in 1861, alongside a manual of workouts for the discerning Victorian. He warned, though, that exercise was ‘fatiguing and should not therefore be recklessly persevered’. We think that’s sound advice!
Maybe Gustav was the very first Gym Dodger.
We’ve invented a brew that won’t leave you feeling fatigued. Alongside robust Target, New Zealand’s Rakau hops give this copper ale a lush tropical aroma followed up with ripe apricot and passion fruit flavours. Gym Dodger is made for beer lovers persevering with Gustav’s logic.
Dark Copper Ale
Many believe rugby was invented in 1823 when William Webb Ellis, ‘with fine disregard for the rules’, picked up a football and ran with it. We reckon all the best things come out of misbehaving, which is why we’ve broken the rules with our new craft ales.
We’re going to take time out to think about what we’ve done over a pint of Sin Bin.
Brewed with super-alpha Admiral hops, Sin Bin is a brooding, dark copper bitter with a citrus and currant flavour, berry aroma and a smooth, malty taste; the ideal beer for enjoying the Six Nations on the big screen.
Irish Red Ale
There’s nothing our Irish friends enjoy more than to share a good yarn over a good pint, especially around St. Paddy’s Day. So if they ask ‘What’s the Story Horse?’, be sure to have one up your sleeve – or a tip for the Gold Cup.
We’ve taken a truckload of Brewers Gold and added a handful of roasted malt to create our first Irish Red Ale. Soft and easy drinking, with some interesting twists and a superb finish, Story Horse is a beer you can bet on.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel liked his machinery to be the biggest, fastest, and strongest around.
You could say he was the very first Machine Head.
Our blonde APA updates the classic recipe and brings the ABV down to session levels. Brewed with Goldings and Motueka hops, Machine Head is a mosh pit of citrus and Deep Purple blueberry flavours, balanced out with a gentle biscuity maltiness. That’s music to our ears!
It’s been a long winter and we’ve got as much stored up energy as an old wind-up toy. As the season of new beginnings comes around again like clockwork, we’re ready to let it all go.
Are you feeling Spring Loaded?
Bounding into gear with ripe citrus and grapefruit flavours, our copper IPA is brewed with Target and Mandarina Bavaria hops, giving a uniquely sweet tangerine note that is sure to help May bounce along nicely.
There’s something irresistible about the great British promenade. The charming walkway out to sea reminds us of ‘bucket and spade’ holidays of years gone by. We all deserve to escape the daily grind as summer breezes in…
And there’s no better way than to get on the Pier.
Bursting with fruit-machine flavours and aromas of tangerine blossom, Pier is a light copper Amarillo, handcrafted to bring back all the pleasure of the much-loved seaside holiday.
Cask-conditioned White Pilsner
Who doesn’t love rolling up their trousers for a paddle? Bathing etiquette hasn’t always been so simple. Frisky Victorians had to be escorted fully-clothed in and out of the water via a cumbersome bathing machine – a sort of shed on wheels!
Fancy a Paddler?
Our refreshing white Pilsner has a fruity aroma and malty taste that goes nicely with a fish supper and a lungful of sea air. Cask-conditioned with Target, Simcoe and Chinook, we’ve made waves with our new Paddler.
Light Copper IPA
The British love affair with the bicycle goes right back to Denis Johnson’s velocipede in 1818. The two-wheeler quickly became all the rage, especially among politicians, with newspapers hailing it ‘a recognised feature of all electoral contests’.
Like Johnson’s boneshaker, today’s orators tend to go further if they’re Well Oiled.
With long-lasting fruit salad aromas and all the pineapple and grapefruit you’d expect from a single hopped Citra ale, Well Oiled is a light copper IPA cranked with mango and lime flavours that will stop our pub talk going rusty in those late summer months.
In 1938, The War of the Worlds was broadcast on live radio in the format of a news bulletin, creating panic that aliens had landed. H. G. Wells always dreamed of making it into space, but died in 1946...
Or did he? Maybe he’s up there somewhere on a Galaxy Hop…
Raise a pint of Galaxy Hop to the Father of Science Fiction on this, his birthday month. With its passionfruity character and notes of citrus, peach and pineapple, this celestial blonde bitter tastes like nothing on Earth.
In 2011, rail workers heard eerie moans of a woman coming from Box Tunnel’s east exit. They thought someone was messing around, ‘til one of them shone his torch down the track and they saw her – a woman in a ragged nightdress staring straight back at them, screaming. She vanished before their eyes.
It’s rumoured the spooked workers meet every October to steady their hands with a pint of Ghost Train.
Smooth, smoky and dark as Halloween, roasted malts and Columbus hops give Ghost Train a rich, complex character, with notes of black pepper and liquorice to warm you when scary stories leave you chilled.
Mutton chops, the dandy, the gentleman’s tuft… The discerning Victorian wouldn’t dare visit a gentleman’s club without wearing their whiskers in the latest trend. Nowadays, just for the month November, these facial fashions make a comeback.
Of course, the most aspirational moustache of all is, and always was, the Handlebar.
Smooth and well-rounded with Target, Challenger and Fuggle hops, Handlebar has the slightly smoky aroma and chocolate undertones of a dashing porter that will never go out of fashion. Box will make a charitable donation for every cask sold.
Despite Brunel’s long-running feud with fellow engineer Robert Stephenson, the two men finally sat down to dinner as friends on what was to be Brunel’s final Christmas.
Let bygones be bygones and toast the season of goodwill with a Chuffin Ale!
Decadent, delicious and filled with festive fruits, Chuffin Ale is traditionally engineered with Fuggle hops to let our wonderful malts shine and reveal their generous Christmas character.
13 December 2018
Ready for Christmas, our freshly brewed 4.5% Mint Condition is a must for every beer lover’s stocking
12 December 2018
Join us for a festive drink this Saturday and a very special 20% discount
Phew, where has the time gone? We've been brewing for almost 15 years.
We'll never produce factory style beer. Our creative brewers use hop flavours to their full, forever artful in the quite wondrous production of naturally flavoursome beer.
Our roots are firmly in the West Country, where we continue to be inspired by the engineering triumphs of the late great Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
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