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SALSA ApprovedPosted on Monday, August 12th, 2019
Westerham Brewery has passed its annual SALSA audit last month, demonstrating once again the great care and high standards to which Westerham beers are produced. The processes at Westerham Brewery were described by the auditor as “excellent”.
The Safe and Local Supplier Approval (or SALSA) is written by experienced food safety experts and is a robust and effective food safety certification scheme.
Approved suppliers can demonstrate that they operate to standards that are recognised and accepted across the industry and exceed the minimum standards expected by enforcement authorities.
SALSA approval 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.
You can access the Westerham Brewery SALSA listing here.
Find out more about SALSA by visiting their website: https://www.salsafood.co.uk/
The Westerham Brewery presents OktoberwestPosted on Monday, July 29th, 2019
A traditional Bavarian style Oktoberfest beer festival held at The Westerham Brewery on Saturday 28th September 2019.
Come and enjoy some Bratwurst or Schnitzel with Sauerkraut and other sides. Listen to traditional Oompah Music and modern covers from the Bierkeller Band. Wash it all down with a stein or two of our very own Oktoberwest Märzenbier, Summer Perle or our German style helles lager, Helles Belles.
There are two sessions on Saturday. Choose which you would like to attend and make your menu choice when you select your ticket type. If you’re booking a VIP table you will receive an email to make your menu choices.
Tickets can be purchased individually (where you will be seated at any one of the beer tables) or book a whole VIP table at the front for up to 10 guests for the ultimate Oktoberwest experience.
Session 1: 12pm – 5pm (bar closes at 4:30pm)
Session 2: 6pm – 5pm (bar closes at 10:30pm)
1) Bratwurst Sausage
2) Schnitzel – Chicken
3) Schnitzel – Pork
4) Jägerschnitzel (Hunter Pork Schnitzel with Mushroom Sauce)
5) Vegetarian Bavarian Style Sausage
All the dishes will be served with Potato Salad and Sauerkraut
The event is open to over 18 years old only.
Dirndls and Lederhosen are strongly encouraged!
There will be a £5 deposit for your Oktoberwest stein which will be refunded if you don’t wish to keep it.
Westerham Brewery Brings Home the GoldPosted on Monday, July 29th, 2019
Westerham Brewery took home two Gold Medals in the Classic Premium Bitter and the Bottle/Can Speciality Medium to Dark Beers categories, as well as the Bronze Medal for Overall Champion of the Bottle/Can Competition at the SIBA South East Independent Beer Awards, which took place at the Tonbridge Juddians Rugby Club on the Friday 5th July.
The Gold Medal marks the 7th Gold Medal for Audit Ale in 11 years. Meanwhile, Wally Winker’s Death by Chocolate (released as a special earlier this year) received its first awards: a Gold Medal in the Can/Bottle Speciality Medium to Dark Beers category, and a Bronze Medal in the Overall Champion of the Bottle/Can Competition. Audit Ale is a strong ale, brewed to the 1938 strength and using the same ingredients as the original best-selling bottled beer of the Black Eagle Brewery, and has a smooth, warming flavour with notes of rich dried fruit, raisins and molasses. Wally Winker’s Death by Chocolate is a triple chocolate stout, brewed with chocolate malt, cacao nibs, vanilla essence and chocolate essence. The stout has rich chocolate and vanilla on the nose, with plenty of coffee and chocolate on the palate followed by a medium dry finish.
“Judges had a tough job separating the pack as the standard was extremely high once again. The winners from the SIBA competition are officially the best independent craft beers in the UK, something brewers should be extremely proud of.” Ian Fozard, SIBA Chairman.
The SIBA South East Independent Beer Awards 2019 judged a huge range of beers across a number of styles in separate cask, keg and bottle & can competitions. As the awards are judged mostly by brewers, industry experts and beer journalists the SIBA Independent Beer Awards are very much seen as the prestigious ‘Brewers’ choice Awards’ by the industry. Robert Wicks, Founder and Head Brewer at Westerham Brewery, had this to say on their win:
“We were delighted to have Audit Ale triumph once again in the Premium Bitter Category. We were however really excited to win Gold for the Wally Winker’s Death by Chocolate. We expended more energy and skill in developing this beer and it appears to have paid off!” Robert Wicks, Founder and Head Brewer, The Westerham Brewery Co.
2019 TripAdvisor Certificate of ExcellencePosted on Monday, June 24th, 2019
Westerham Brewery Tap Room & Shop has been awarded the 2019 Certificate of Excellence!
We would like to thank all of our customers who have visited the Tap Room and left a review. Your feedback is invaluable to us and helps us continue to improve our offering and provide the best customer experience possible. Please continue to review your experiences with us, or get involved on our social media channels using the handle @WesterhamBrew or searching for Westerham Brewery wherever applicable. You can also visit our social media pages using the links below:
Thank you for all of your continued support, and we look forward to welcoming you at the Westerham Brewery Tap Room & Shop soon.
Westerham Brewery Celebrates 15 Years of BrewingPosted on Wednesday, June 19th, 2019
May 26th 2019 marked exactly 15 years since the first brew by Westerham Brewery, who began brewing in a converted barn at Grange Farm, just outside the town of Westerham, Kent. The Brewery is now located in a purpose-built facility on Beggars Lane, Westerham, with a Tap Room & Shop on site. To commemorate the occasion, the Brewery played host to an all-day Beer Festival and an evening of live music entitled The Great Gig in the Marquee. Westerham Brewery also created a special 15 hop session IPA using 15 different Kent-grown hops.
The Beer Festival over the second Bank Holiday Weekend celebrated Westerham Brewery’s 15th Anniversary by showcasing beers from Westerham and friends, as well as live music throughout the day and street food from Pizza Federicci, Jacob’s Ladder Butchery and The Moules & Bread Shed.
The Beer Festival was free to attend, and local residents were given a flyer which could be exchanged for a free Westerham beer at the Festival. Sunday night saw Kent’s own Pink Floyd Tribute band On Thin Ice perform The Great Gig in the Marquee. Guests were treated to a two-course gourmet dinner, as well as a choice of wines and Westerham beers.
Robert Wicks, Founder and Head Brewer at Westerham Brewery, said: “We are proud to have made it to our 15th Anniversary still making great beer, even if we have a little less hair today than in 2004! Over the last 15 years the beer business has changed enormously, and we enter our next 15 years with a young team driving the business forward. Innovation of new beers and styles is at the forefront of our future.”
Here’s to the next 15 years of brewing in the hop garden of England!