As I write this there’s lots going on at the Brewery; we’ve just delivered Tunnel Vision, Funnel Blower and Derail Ale to Lidl across the UK and have a big Tesco order going out the door. Oh and we’ve just stocked up our little local co-op in Bradford on Avon.
After we had fulfilled all those orders, it was time for a well-earned trip to the CAMRA Great British Beer Festival. We put on our best tasting hats, hopped on the train and headed for the big smoke.
As always, the atmosphere and buzz were palpable. From overhead conversations on the tube to the queue round the block – all the talk was of beer; what’s good, what’s new and what’s next. It was great to see such a wonderful mix of people; from the young beards to the old, and fantastic to see more and more women each year.
A big reason we go to these events, is to see, quite literally; what’s brewing. Along with about 500 others we fought through the scrum around the US Cask ale bar to sample the finest examples from across the pond. What can I say? Big flavours and huge ABV’s are still the hallmarks, but it was good to try some rarities!
For every Saison, Sour and Gose it was great to see an equal number of hoppy golden ales, smooth, malty bitters and rich porters holding up the more traditional end. One thing that can safely be said is that the global and British brewing industries are bigger and better than ever. Although, after spotting plenty of friends and favorites we got to thinking about a competition.
If you spot us out and about this month send us a picture on Facebook, Twitter or tag us on Instagram and you could win yourself a case of Box Beers. It could be anything from a delivery, our bottles at a BBQ or a pump clip in your local. Head to our social media for all the details.
Until next time - Philip.