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Work Almost Complete On New Westerham Brewery

Posted 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.

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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.

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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.

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Hot & Cold Liquor Tanks

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.

Drilling for water

Drilling for water

Borehole flowing

Borehole flowing

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 Back

Posted 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!

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Westerham Brewery achieves the SALSA plus Beer Standard

Posted 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.

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Work begins on the new Westerham Brewery

Posted 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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