12 Stouts of Christmas - Open Day
The day starts at 11am and finish at 6pm, entrance either via Marks Bead/ Cafe of via Durnford St.
|Stout at the end of Fermentation|
|Chris adding hops|
|Justin adding 'Moor' hops|
We'll be shouting about it when its ready to be released into the trade so keep yer noses in the air - there'll be a hoppy aroma coming your way soon!!
Thanks Mark & Justin - a great day.
The Bristol Beer Factory struck gold, twice at a national beer competition this week organised by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA). Our “Southville Hop” won gold in its category and then went on to become Overall Champion Bottled Beer in the country. This follows on from success at the regional competition10 months ago.
SIBA chief executive Julian Grocock, said, “Those of us who have been involved in this round of SIBA beer competitions have once again been overwhelmed by the quality of the beers entered at every stage from regional heat to national finals.
“With standards rising every year, it becomes ever more challenging to select the best beers from a very strong field. Winning an award at a regional competition is an achievement to be proud of and to take one at the national competition an even greater one.”
He added, “Such is the growing reputation of SIBA’s beer competitions that winning an award today offers the successful brewers the promise of much-increased awareness among beer enthusiasts, and new listings in the growing number of beer-oriented pubs, bars and off-trade outlets.”
Bristol Beer Factory MD Simon Bartlett said, “This is a reward for our hard w
ork over the last eight years and further vindication of our decision to brew beers like Southville Hop, which is an American IPA style, heavily hopped but balanced with a good malt background. Winning this prestigious award raises the awareness of drinkers to both the Bristol Beer Factory and craft beer itself.”
Southville Hop is a bottle-conditioned beer brewed with flavourful hops from the north-west of America, tropical fruit flavours burst forth from the glass, and a distinctive resinous bitterness leaves you wanting more. BBF’s own Californian brewer Brett Ellis said “It takes influence from the craft beers brewed on America’s west coast that have taken the beer drinking world by storm.”
Head brewer Chris Kay added “Southville Hop is one of our expanding portfolio of bottled beers in many different styles. We can’t wait to start using our new bottling equipment, that is due to arrive any day now to help us keep up with the incredible increasing demand for our bottled beers.”
This completes a fabulous few months for the BBF, who have become the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards “Best Drinks Producer” and have just become a regional stockist with Waitrose.
In the spirit of collaboration we are meeting up with 5 other local breweries tomorrow to brew a very special beer to celebrate all that is good about beer in Bristol. For the first time since 1889 when Bristol United Breweries was formed, the major breweries in Bristol are once again uniting to brew beer for Bristolians. Arbor Ales, Bath Ales, Bristol Beer Factory, Great Western Brewing, RCH and Zero Degrees are combining their skills, knowledge and passion for great beer to produce a brew that gives a modern twist to a style of beer that has been famously brewed and exported from Bristol for centuries.
The Collaboration 2012 is to be released in mid-March in time for the Bristol Beer Festival at a time when beer has its highest profile in the city. The Bristol Beer Festival is bigger than ever this year, with an extra session to accommodate all the people who want to drink great beers. The group of local breweries would like to take the opportunity to unite and promote the thriving beer scene in the city. The best way to do that is to combine talents to produce a stunning beer that can be enjoyed at the festival and around the city afterwards.
The Bristol Craft Breweries have joined forces to brew a Porter, a traditional dark beer made famous during the 18th century; there are records of the Porter Brewery in Bristol dating back to 1730. Arbor Ales Jon Comer said “we decided to brew a traditional, historical style that was important in the history of brewing in Bristol”. Roger Jones from Bath Ales commented that “the brewing industry is truly unique. I can’t imagine any other industry where 6 competitor businesses from the same city would get together over a beer and decide to collaborate their efforts.”
BBF Managing Director Simon Bartlett said “The CAMRA Bristol Beer Festival is the most important event in Bristol for breweries and we wanted to unite to brew a beer that celebrated the fabulous talents of local brewers.”
The six breweries will be launching “Collaboration 2012” at the Bristol Beer Festival on Thursday 15th March. The beer will be sold in pubs owned by the all of the breweries involved as well as other freehouses in the city. The Collaboration 2012 will be available in bottles, casks and kegs, to be enjoyed from all forms of dispense.