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The Future is Refreshing Beer in Cans

Posted on Sunday, March 28th, 2021

Optimism is in the air. It’s British Summer Time and the clocks are going forward. You can smell it, you can see it and you can hear it in the first light chorus of birdsong. Spring is a time for renewal, for new green shoots and for a feeling of being refreshed. It’s also a time for new refreshing beers and the beginning of a new dawn for Westerham Brewery.

We’ve worked closely with 25-year-old illustrator, Sam Goddard, and our design partners, D Studio, to revisit our core beer designs with a view to refresh everything. Sam is an illustrator and graphic designer whose clients include Giggling Squid, Hawksmoor, various music artists and start-up companies. The inspiration for his style comes from a passion to bring vintage illustration techniques to the 21st Century, by using practical digital platforms to reproduce dying art forms. Our illustrations were created using custom brushes in Procreate on an iPad Pro.

Summer Perle is the first in a new range of can designs. Keep your eyes peeled for more.

Westerham will continue to migrate towards cans for environmental and sustainability reasons.  The hugely positive response to our December 2020 launch of our longstanding heritage brand, 1965 Special Bitter Ale, has strengthened our belief that the days of the “Premium Bottled Ale” are dead.

The regional and national brewers have destroyed the quality and premium image of bottled beers by dumbing down their products and selling them at lower and lower prices. The segment has been de-premiumised and we want no part of it.

The environmental reasons for the switch to aluminium cans have now been well-researched and you can read more about it below. We are crossing the rubicon and there is no looking back. The future is bright, the future is refreshing beer in cans. A new dawn, a new day.

Watch out for more news on the practical application of our optimism as we invest in the future of craft beer in Westerham.


Cans Versus Bottles

  • Beer in glass bottles has 46% more Global Warming Potential than beer in aluminium cans[1]
  • Per litre, beer in glass bottles weighs 50% more than beer in aluminium cans
  • Each bottle has a CO2 emission of 225g versus a CO2e of 113g for aluminium cans: twice as much CO2 is emitted per glass bottle[2]
  • Compared to glass, when a tonne of aluminium packaging is recycled it saves[3]
    • 333 times more electricity
    • 344 times more oil
    • 5 times as much landfill
  • 75% of aluminium cans are recycled versus 67% for glass[4, 5]
  • Many councils do not kerbside collect glass and you have to hump it to the bottle bank. Cans are lighter and kerbside collected. More backaches saved!
  • Cans protect beer from sunlight and oxygen much better than amber glass
  • We all drink from a glass and not the bottle or can. It’s the same beer!
  1. Gujba H., Azapagic A. (2011) Carbon Footprint of Beverage Packaging in the United Kingdom. In: Finkbeiner M. (eds) Towards Life Cycle Sustainability Management.
  2. Amienyo, D., Azapagic, A. Life cycle environmental impacts and costs of beer production and consumption in the UK. Int J Life Cycle Assess 21, 492–509 (2016).
  3. Stamford University quoted by Euronews
  4. Alupro 2019
  5. British Glass

 

 


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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