Siren Craft Brew is one of the country's most innovative breweries. We chat to founder Darron Anley and Head Brewer Kyle Larsen to find out why
Along with craft beer, gin is having a moment. Occasionally the two mix. Wild Beer Co and Northern Monk are among the breweries eyeing up distilleries and making spirits
Estonia's Sori Brewing crowdfunded in 2014 and 2015 and has since become very well respected in particular for its hoppy IPAs and dark beers. We spoke to CEO and co-founder Pyry Hurula to find out what exactly they are doing right.
Williams Bros are one of the most exciting breweries in Britain. Here we speak to co-founder Scott Williams about how the beer scene has changed since 1988 and using traditional ingredients
We headed down to Bermondsey to catch up with Fourpure's Head Brewer John Dribergen
The Highland elements are what makes Fyne Ales so special, as Daniel Neilson discovered when he met MD Jamie Delap. Photograph by Dougie Cunningham (www.leadinglines.net)
Birra del Borgo has been at the forefront of Italian craft brewing from Borgorese, Italy – about 60 miles east of Rome – since 2005. Founded by the CEO, Leonardo di Vicenzo, they’ve been turning out reinterpretations of classic styles ever since
When di Vicenzo saw the potential in opening a brewery he gave up his PhD in biochemistry to follow his passion for craft beer. Drawing inspiration from his travels throughout Europe, he decided that Birra del Borgo should respect the traditional low carbonation, very full-bodied and fruitiness compelling characteristics from the classic beers of Belgium and the UK while also finding innovative ways to put the Birra del Borgo stamp-of-creativity in the bottle. What we’ve got today are beers which are reminiscent of ancient brewing traditions
Mike Hess Brewing of San Diego has quickly risen to be one of the most respected breweries on the California West Coast. Beer Hawk have just started stocking its award-winning beers. Here are the highlights
The plaudits speak for themselves: World Beer Cup Winner 2016 Gold Award for the Claritas Kölsch and voted San Diego’s Best Brewery, which is quite saying something when you are up against Green Flash, Ballast Point, Modern Times, Stone and AleSmith. So what is it about Mike Hess, a newcomer to British shores at least, that has caught the beer world’s attention?
Mike Hess was started by, you’ve guessed it, Mike Hess back in 2010. Amazingly, this was the 33rd brewery to open in the city. Mike himself was a homebrewer for some 15 years, before making the jump to become a commercial ‘nano brewer’.
Having the Yeastie Boys as our September Brewery of the Month was a no-brainer; we love these guys. Who wouldn't? Co-Founder, Stu McKinlay, is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, the beer is amazing and there's no need to Sleep 'till Brooklyn (get ready for more of these) because we can now get some of New Zealand's finest beers right here in the UK.
Millionaire: a chocolate and
salted caramel stout. Wild Goose Chase: a tart beer, loaded with
gooseberries and fermented with a yeast from a local orchard. Smoke ‘n’ Barrels: a lager using malts
that have been smoked with cherry wood, rosemary and sage, all using a home built smoker. Yep, Wild Beer Co brewers certainly live up to their motto:
Drink Wildly Differently. This is a brewery on a mission to change the perception of what a beer can be, while all
the time keeping them incredibly drinkable.
Re Inventing Italian Craft Beer
Re Ale, KeTo Re Porter, Duchessa, Cortigianna. Now you're speaking our language! Or Italian, to be exact. We are so excited to welcome the Italian craft brewery, Birra del Borgo, as our brewery of the month for July. Birra del Borgo has been at the forefront of Italian craft brewing from Borgorese, Italy--about 60 miles east of Rome--since 2005. Founded by the CEO, Leonardo di Vicenzo, they've been turning out reinterpretations of classic styles ever since.
When di Vicenzo saw the potential in opening a brewery he gave up his PhD in biochemistry to follow his passion for craft
We're very excited to present a new-to-us brewery as our May Brewery of the Month: Mondo Brewing Company. Established in early-2015 in an old converted warehouse in Battersea by two Americans, Mondo has been making waves with their straightforward and technically-sound beers. Brewing styles they like to drink and drawing influences from all over the world--err, mondo--this small crew has big plans, big ideas and a bright future.
Head-brewer and Co-Founder, Tom Palmer, was gracious enough to answer some questions posed to him by our Beer Sommelier, Maggie. Have a read of the interview below so you can get a better idea of what you're tasting when you drink their beer:
What should we know about who Mondo Brewing is? What's behind the name?
Mondo, the word itself, has myriad variations in romance languages. It means
Since they've only been brewing since last spring, I don't have a long, storied history with these guys and gals from Manchester. Indeed, my first real taste of their beers was at last September's Leeds International Beer Festival. I was drawn in by their sleek branding and cool-looking bar at the festival. After striking up a conversation with Paul Jones, co-founder and beard-wearer extraordinaire, I could tell instantly that that we were going to be best friends. Well, me and the beer at least.
You see, with the industry being the way it is these days a fine-tuned brand image can be met with a bit of skepticism when first entering the market. How much work could a brewery have actually put into their beer if they've already got etched and logo'd glassware? T-shirts? Badges? (One might ask...)
But this was not a man rattling off tasting notes or other rehearsed jargon. This was no salesman who may as well have been talking to me about carpet installation. There was
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