Monday, 26 March 2012

Today in the Brewery

we are...

Brewing Seven
Racking Sunrise
Judging Homebrews
Cleaning FV's
Sending reminders out to all those people who haven't paid on time
Installing Handpulls at the Tobacco Factory
Showing scientists around the brewery
Hosting a Beer & Food matching event at No1 Harbourside (sold out, sorry)
& looking for an experienced brewer to join us

Handpulls in the Tobacco Factory

In December 2004 Bristol Beer Factory beers first went on sale in the Tobacco Factory, today they are on sale via handpull for the first time. They have always been cask beers, but rather than pouring through a t-bar they can now be dispensed by an authentic handpull.

There are 6 handpulls on the bar, today we have Seven, Sunrise, Acer, Milk Stout & Collaboration available.


Friday, 23 March 2012

Somerset Homebrewers

Our friends at the Ethicurean have organised this new Home-Brewing club, come along and see what it's all about...

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Today in the brewery...

Brewing Milk Stout
Bottling Milk Stout
Racking Milk Stout
Selling Milk Stout
Sending Milk Stout to San Diego
Drinking SunrAcer - it's very good
Private Tours tonight, tomorrow & Saturday
Tours for Boeing, Rolls-Royce & Stag Parties aplenty (Hen parties more welcome) next month
Listening to Stiff Little Fingers
& working on the rules of Brewery Cricket (need a better bat than a broom though!)

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Today in the Brewery

We are...

Labelling Hefe (on the new labeller --->)
Brewing Gold twice today
Delivering lots of casks locally
Delivering lots of bottles to Waitrose
Swapping beers with 4 other breweries
Cleaning lots and lots of casks
Racking a double brew of Bitter Californian
Tasting our newest blend SunrAcer from the sample room
Listening to Radio Bob
Celebrating the "Beer Sommelier"
Wondering why Chris has such a spring in his step
& looking forward to the start of the Cricket season so that Somerset can crush Lancashire

Monday, 12 March 2012

BBF wins National Beer Festival Gold

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.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Today in the Brewery

we are

Brewing 2 brews of Seven
Delivering locally
Listening to Prodigy
Attending the SIBA Conference
Fixing coolers at the Tobacco Factory
Designing a new pump clip
& preparing to install handpulls in the Tobacco Factory

Tomorrow we are brewing Milk Stout & Bristol Hefe
Yesterday we bottled Southville Hop & brewed Sunrise