Work Almost Complete On New Westerham BreweryPosted on Monday, October 31st, 2016
Work on the new brewery building started in April 2016. With the clement weather and hard work of our general contractors, Mitchell Design & Construct, the building is nearly ready to be handed over for our final fitout.
Work on the new brewery tasting room and shop has begun and we have CGI visuals of what it will look like. John Barnett Interior Design, who designed Kelly Holmes’ 1890 Cafe in Hildenborough, have designed an amazing space for our customers to taste and purchase our beers. We will also stock a range of superb wines from small producers and artisan spirits. Squerryes Sparkling Wine will also feature in the shop.
We plan to have the shop open for December 2016.
The first tanks to arrive from the manufacturers were installed Thursday 20th October and more will arrive in early December. The new cold store for finished beer is under construction now for completion by 4th November.
We dug a 90m borehole into the Greensand aquifer from which the famous but now defunct Black Eagle and Swan Breweries drew their water for over 400 years. The aquifer will supply the brewery with all its liquor needs to brew our pale ales for which Westerham has been so famous.
Transfer of the remaining brewery tanks will take place in January and we look forward to welcoming visitors in the early Spring of 2017.
Brewing will return to Westerham after a hiatus of over 51 years.
Christmas Open Evenings Are BackPosted on Monday, October 31st, 2016
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In the New Year, the Westerham Brewery will be moving to its new site at Westerham Valley, on Beggars Lane in Westerham. As a final farewell to Grange Farm that has been our home for nearly 13 years, we will be holding three Christmas Open Evenings. It has been four years since our last event, and these final open evenings mark the end of the old Brewery at Grange Farm, and the beginning of the new Brewery at Westerham Valley.
Over 13,000 of you visited our events over 8 years, and we hope to draw even more to our bigger and better events at the new Brewery. In the meantime, we would like to invite you to one of our Christmas Open Evenings. These will be held on the 13th, 14th and 15th of December, and are limited to 100 tickets per evening.
Tickets are £15 each, and include entry, 3 pints of beer and a Hot Smoked Turkey Bap with Gods Wallop Cranberry Sauce from Elias’s Kitchen or a vegetarian option of Mature Cheddar Cheese and Spring Onion Bap.
Driver option (£10 with 3 soft drinks).
To purchase tickets, please follow the link below. Remember to bring a print out of your ticket, or the digital version on your smart phone.
We look forward to seeing you at the Old Brewery, before welcoming you to the New Brewery next year!
Christmas Late Night Shopping 24th NovemberPosted on Monday, October 31st, 2016
Come and find us in Westerham for Christmas Late Night Shopping on the 24th November from 6.00 – 9.00pm. We will be selling Christmas gift boxes and you can taste this year’s Gods Wallop Christmas Ale.
We will also be taking pre-orders for your Christmas beer needs
Come and chat to us about our new shop that is opening on the 1st December!
5 Westerham Beers Win 2016 National Trust Fine Farm Produce AwardsPosted on Friday, August 26th, 2016
Once again our beers have made a clean sweep of Fine Farm Produce Awards at the 2016 blind tasting of National Trust food and drink products.
Now in the 11th year, the Fine Farm Produce Awards recognise the best food and drink being produced by National Trust farms and estates. This year they awarded over 50 different types of produce, celebrating the ingenuity of the farmers and producers who occupy the 500,000 acres of farmland in National Trust care.
The beers entered for the blind tasting were Scotney Pale Ale, Scotney Bitter, British Bulldog, Viceroy IPA and Bohemian Rhapsody.
While the ales have won the accolade every year since 2008, Bohemian Rhapsody was a first time entry this year. The judges described the beer as follows:
Appearance: Clear straw colour. Good head endures
Aroma: Interesting fragrant floral notes with subtle scent of honey
Flavour: Refreshing, balanced with a light sweetness
Aftertaste: Pleasant bitterness comes through. A refreshing pilsner without a metallic taste.
We couldn’t put it better ourselves.
All the beers are put through a rigorous blind tasting panel and are tasted alongside comparable beers from other breweries. To win the award the beers must equal or exceed the score of the control beers.
Two more medals at 2016 SIBA CompetitionPosted on Sunday, July 10th, 2016
Two Westerham beers have won bronze medals at the 2016 Society of Independent Brewers SE Competition.
Viceroy India Pale Ale, which was first brewed as a cask beer in January 2016, was entered into the Strong Bitters and Pale Ales category for the first time this year and won the bronze medal. The bottled version of the beer has won 4 SIBA medals and the 2015 International Beer Challenge.
Audit Ale added to its previous haul of 8 SIBA medals winning the bronze medal in the Premium Strong Beers category. The bottled Audit Ale won Gold in the 2015 International Beer Challenge.
With over 120 brewing members in the South East Region and only 24 medals awarded in the cask category, competition for medals in fiercer than ever.