Brewer For A Day

Each year, at CAMRA's Great British Beer Festival, Games & Collectables auction a Brewer For A Day. Adnams, our brewer for the day in 2016 is a hard act to follow so we have moved from one of our older brewers to one of our newer ones.

We are delighted that this year is a Welsh brewery,

Tiny Rebel

Newport’s Tiny Rebel has come a long way in 5 years including winning CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain in 2015.



In 2008 Brad and Gazz were brewing in their garage. After spending a couple of years experimenting, they invested in some 50 litre home brewing kit. Finally in 2012 Tiny Rebel was officially launched with two beers, Fubar and Urban IPA. These were followed by Cwtch and Dirty Stop Out.

In 2013, the Brewery took Gold, Silver & Bronze at the Great Welsh Beer Festival and they opened their pub, The Urban Tap House, in Cardiff. 2014, continued to provide Tiny Rebel with awards with Fubar taking Gold at the Great Welsh Beer Festival.

But 2015 proved even more exciting for the Brewery, opening a pub in Newport, expanding the brewery and winning the Champion Beer of Britain. Tiny Rebel goes from strength to strength winning accolades for their beers in the International Beer Challenge in 2016 and continuing to expand on its beer range.

So, brewing with Tiny Rebel promises to be a fun day with a bunch of committed, creative brewers. The package will include overnight accommodation (supplied by Tiny Rebel) and a full day’s brewing. And you never know, you might get to try a beer or two as well!

If you can't make it to the Festival, postal bids are accepted. Contact Bill Austin 01923 211654 (answerphone) or moc.tenapus@nitsuab. For more details on both experiences, see: http://www.gandc.camra.org.uk/


Adnams

Adnams was set up by brothers, George and Ernest Adnams in 1872 but there has been brewing on the site for 670 years. In 1902 Jack and Pierse Loftus acquired a stake in the brewery and the two families have continually been associated with running the business ever since.

The brewery is based in the iconic seaside town of Southwold and has, over the years, established a reputation for its beer much further afield. Its Adnams Bitter is still regarded as a benchmark of the British bitter beer style. Like Redemption, the brewery prides itself on trying to be as green as possible and its state-of-the-art brewery was designed to be highly energy efficient, recycling the steam from one brew to heat the next. Adnams is also known for its commitment to the community. In 1990, The Adnams Charitable Trust was established to mark its centenary as a public company and the Trust donates a percentage of pre-tax profits to groups and organisations within a 25-mile.

The Brewer for a Day will give you a chance to see behind the walls of this Victorian building in the heart of Southwold. You and a guest will spend the day with Fergus Fitzgerald, Master Brewer, following the beer making process throughout the day until it enters the fermentation vessels. This is also an opportunity to learn about the choice of malted barley and hop varieties and to see parts of the brewery that aren’t normally accessible to the general public. Plus you will receive a tutored tasting of Adnams' beers and the brewery will send you away with a 5 litre mini cask/keg of beer to enjoy at your leisure. The day will start at 8am and finish around 4pm. Lunch, Dinner and one night accommodation at either The Swan or Crown Hotel is generously included. The lot will be auctioned on Thursday evening at the Festival.


Oakham Ales

was the 2015 brewer. Oakham is home to CAMRA's 2014 Champion Golden Ale of Britain and Supreme Champion Beer of Britain runner up. The 2014 Awards were won by Citra but Oakham Ales has a long pedigree in gaining accolades for its beers including JHB, which won CAMRA's Supreme Champion Beer of Britain in 2001 and Inferno, which won CAMRA's Beer of East Anglia in 2010, among many others.

Oakham was originally set up in 1993 in Rutland, moving to Peterborough 5 years later and setting up a brewery at the back of the pub they called the Brewery Tap, creatively located within the transformed old labour exchange in Westgate. It claims to be the largest brewpub in Europe.

Expansion has continued and in 2006, Oakham opened a 75 barrel brew house and put in a new brewery in the Brewery Tap two years later. It is at the main brewery where the brewer for a day will take place. The package is for two people and includes an overnight stay in addition to the day's brewing.

The auction took place on the evening of Thursday 13th August on the stage at the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia.

If you can't make it to bid on the night, postal bids are accepted.


Contact Bill Austin 01923 211654 (answerphone) or moc.tenapus@nitsuab.



The 2014 Brewer for a Day was Dark Star. The Brewery was set up in 1994 in the cellar of the Evening Star pub in Brighton. One of the founders, Rob Jones, was originally at Pitfield Brewery in London where he brewed a strong beer (5%ABV) called Dark Star, named after the music of the Grateful Dead. This beer went on to win CAMRA's Champion Beer of Britain. Rob named the new brewery after this beer and it proved to be just one in a long line of beer awards that Rob has been associated with. The beer once again was crowned CAMRA's Champion Beer of Britain in 1996 and in 2009, American Pale Ale (4.7%ABV) won CAMRA's Champion Golden Ale.

But it is not all about strong beer. Their well known, HopHead weighs in at only 3.8%ABV and is a staple for those who like light hoppy beers and the Espresso Stout (made with real coffee) is 4.2%ABV.

The quality of their beers has meant the brewery has gone from strength to strength. In 2001, the brewery moved to Haywards Heath where a 15 barrel plant was installed. But even this did not prove big enough for all their followers, so a few years later they were off again to even bigger premises at Partridge Green, south west of Horsham.

And it is in this new plant that the lucky winner of the auction will get a chance to brew. The package will include accommodation the evening before and transport (if required) to the brewery.

On 2013, the brewery was one of our older microbrewers, Titanic, who started in Stoke on Trent in 1985 and is still winning awards. The auction item included accommodation for two people for two nights, plus of course the chance to take away some of the beer they helped to brew. But, even more exciting was the possible chance to help brew in the original brew house at Shugborough, home of the Earls of Lichfield, which is a historic log fired Victorian micro-brewery.

Previous Brewers For the Day have included Castle Rock (Nottingham) and Harveys (Sussex).