Westerham Brewery achieves the SALSA plus Beer StandardPosted on Friday, April 29th, 2016
Westerham Brewery has joined an elite group of craft breweries in achieving the SALSA plus Beer standard. This gold standard for small food producers is a detailed audit system that tests the brewery’s systems to ensure we comply with the audit standard. At the time of achieving the standard Westerham was one of only 3 breweries in the South East to meet the standard.
SALSA is a food-safety standard written by experienced food safety experts to reflect both the legal requirements of producers and the enhanced expectations of ‘best practice’ of professional food buyers.
SALSA certification is only granted to suppliers who are able to demonstrate to an auditor that they are able to produce safe and legal food and are committed to continually meeting the requirements of the SALSA standard.
SALSA has been developed specifically for buyers and smaller food producers who need to demonstrate that they operate to standards that are recognised and accepted across the industry and exceed the minimum standards expected by enforcement authorities.
Work begins on the new Westerham BreweryPosted on Friday, April 1st, 2016
Work finally began on 15 March 2016 for the new brewery building at Westerham Valley Farm. There’s not much to see for now but over the next few months the building will start to emerge.
The site has been cleared and the building footprint set out. The next job will be the installation of stone columns with a vibromatic rig.
The building will house the new Westerham Brewery, the Brewery shop and tasting room as well as the wine store and maturation hall for the Squerryes Estate winery. Future plans for Westerham Valley Farm include a farm shop and a park & ride car park for Westerham.
We are keeping the project very much in the family. The steel frame is being supplied by BSW; one of the directors, Dave Black, is a regular at the Carpenters Arms and live in Limpsfield Chart. The main contractor is Mitchell Design and Construct; the marketing director, Julian Mitchell was a regular at our Open Evenings at the brewery and lives in Sundridge. We believe in family.
If all goes to plan we hope to occupy the building in late October and immediately resume the evening tasting events which were so well attended at our current Grange Farm location.
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Westerham Scoops 5 medals at International Beer Challenge 2015Posted on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
Five beers brewed by Westerham Brewery have won medals at the International Beer Challenge.
Audit Ale, a Strong Ale won Gold in its category. Double Stout, the other half of our heritage range won Silver in the stouts and Porters category. Marks & Spencer 9 Hop Kent Pale, brewed by Westerham picked up a Silver medal. Viceroy IPA and British Bulldog won Bronze in the Pale Ales and Bitters category.
Robert Wicks, founder and head brewer said: ‘This is the first time we have entered the International Beer Challenge and we are very proud to have all our entries recognised for their excellence. We are particularly pleased to win a Gold medal for the Audit Ale, which has in the past also won Supreme Champion cask beer two years in a row at SIBA competitions.’
More than 630 beers from 30 countries entered the competition, which was judged in London by a panel of beer experts including retailers, importers, publicans, brewers, writers and flavour analysts, as well as highly experienced judges from continental Europe to give a comprehensive spread of tasting experience.
Brews were entered from such far-flung places as Cambodia, Brazil, South Africa and Japan. Each was tasted blind by the expert panel and medals were awarded to the exceptional entries.
Only 48 gold medals were awarded in 62 different categories of beer.
Westerham Awarded Four National Trust Fine Farm Produce AwardsPosted on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
Westerham Brewery has once again won a National Trust Fine Farm produce award for all four of the beers entered into the rigorous tasting panel. This is the eighth year in a row that all our entries have won the coveted awards. Scotney Pale Ale, Scotney Bitter, Viceroy IPA and British Bulldog will carry the award on the neck label.
The Fine Farm Produce Awards recognise the best food and drink being produced on National Trust farms and estates. Now in their 10th year, the awards reward and celebrate the ingenuity of the farmers and producers who occupy the 500,000 acres of farmland in National Trust care. This year 37 producers, in total, were recognised for 62 outstanding food, drink and countryside products.
Since their inception in 2006, the Fine Farm Produce Awards have meant a lot to the producers who have been lucky enough to receive this industry recognised stamp of approval.
The Awards provide an endorsement for all our hard work, there is a rigorous testing process which not only includes a taste test but also assesses their farming and production methods.
National Trust Head of Food and Farming Rob Macklin says: ‘We first came up with the idea of the awards to help our farmers become more competitive and to give them a marketing advantage when looking for new routes to market.
‘The judging process provides them with constructive criticism and ideas for any further product improvement if needed, and the awards themselves are an opportunity to meet other winners from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland and the opportunity to share ideas.’
Scotney Castle Hop Picking with Pete BrownPosted on Friday, August 28th, 2015
On the second day of the 2015 hop picking season, Friday 28th August, celebrated beer and travel writer Pete Brown and Robert Wicks visited the Scotney Castle Hop Garden to pull, pick and dry hops. Here is a photo galley of our visit. Click on the first image to start the slideshow.