Mikemcg 2012-04-22 21:57:21
A great accolade has been bestowed upon a Bromsgrove brewery ;~)
it seems the accolade is the brewery being listed in GBG – still 10/10
for good PR!
Ale and hearty
A STOKE Prior brewery has made it into a new edition of a national
Brick Top brewery, in Woodgate Road, has been listed in the top 640
breweries in the UK.
It has received the accolade in the 35th edition of the Campaign For
Real Ale’s (CAMRA) Good Beer Guide.
The Stoke Prior brewery is one of 53 new ones to appear in the latest
Brett… 2012-04-23 13:24:40
Don’t get too excited. If you read the GBG it will clearly indicate that the
beers are actually brewed by Weatheroak up the road!
Still worth visiting the Gate though (current local branch pub of the year).
Mikemcg 2012-04-23 13:24:49
mmm, I think I’d spotted that on Quaffale.org.uk, but didn’t know
whether they had got round to setting up themselves.
yep, & they’ve a ‘Beautiful Beer’ award too.
Martyn dawe 2012-04-24 05:02:14
all real ale brewery’s are listed in the GBG, nothing to do with PR,
its a accolade if a pub gets selected which are voted on by CAMRA
Brett… 2012-04-24 05:02:16
I think the point being made was that the owner had done a good job in
publicising the fact that his “brewery” was in the Good Beer Guide.
In addition, if you re-read the above, you will note that the “brewery”
isn’t in actual fact a brewery!
Mikemcg 2012-04-24 20:31:54
I mustn’t have spotted these responses. – yes Brett, that was my
point, but I shouldn’t take the mick too loudly, as I also run a
“cuckoo brewery” & we too get a mention in the GBG! – but I don’t
publicise it as a great accolade :~)
Mombu 2012-04-24 20:32:01
Surely it must be tempting to crow about being in the top 640? 😉
Interesting issue, cuckoo brewing, and one I’ve been reading about in
Tim Webb’s good beer guide to Belgium, having finally managed to get
time to shop for beer over there. He draws attention to the phenomenon
of beers being contracted out even by brewers who continue to run
their own plant, and also the phenomenon of the Proef brewery at
Lochristi which puts out beers under 200 or so different brewery names
for cuckoo brewers. Though he doesn’t give these brewers any more than
a mention in a list, perhaps they deserve more attention [assuming the
information is available]. After all, he implies that the output from
Lochristi is of a generally high standard [the PBA beers I sampled in
Charleville Mezieres in France last year were not bad]. And variety is
the spice of life.
I haven’t had the pleasure of sampling any of Mike’s beers, though one
day I’ll track them down somewhere I’m sure. As long as they are
regularly available and they meet the criteria why should they not
feature in the GBG?
Brett… 2012-04-25 11:46:56
Sorry you’ve lost me. Weatheroak beers are brewed by a Dave not a Mick???
Mombu 2012-04-25 11:47:00
Mike being Mike McGuigan of Betwixt “cuckoo” Brewery to whose post,
above mine, I was replying…
Mombu 2012-04-25 11:47:16
Sorry, before he corrects me, Betwixt Beer Co – with this name, he
doesn’t pretend to be a brewery in the bricks and mortar sense.
Mikemcg 2012-04-25 11:47:21
Ha! – I wasn’t going to correct you, but it was why I chose the “beer
co.” part of the name.
(slight plug – selling seasonal beers with local wild & allotment
grown hops at 2 cheshire / merseyside farmers mkts this weekend –
Mombu 2012-04-25 11:47:23
Sounds very tempting. I can’t follow that link at work… but being in
the region I might be able to pay you a visit. Can you give more
details of the products and the venues? Consider this a service to the
public, don’t allow modesty to hold you back!
Mikemcg 2012-04-25 11:47:27
Farmers’ market Saturday, Neston (Town Hall CarPark, Neston, Wirral,
Farmers’ market Sunday – Hope Street, Liverpool (near Blackburne
Bottled beers (500ml glass & 1litre plastic, RAIB) including
‘Sunlight’ (4.3% golden hoppy ale)
& variants dry-hopped in cask with –
* wild Wirral hops – ‘BeWilder’ (odd bitter & herbal/mint flavour)
* & Wirral allotment hops ‘BeLotment’ (more fruitiness).
Plus Red Admiral (5% ruby ale with crystal rye – also available in
Dark Matter 4% dark beer – hybrid porter/black lager.
& a few ‘guests from Northern Brewing themselves.
modesty forbids me from saying any more ;~)
Madcow 2012-04-25 11:48:37
Well done that man! My mum used to brew with wild hops when she found