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  1. Collaboration Brew with Voss Bryggeri, Norway

    February 29, 2016 by Dave Seymour

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    Being tucked under the railway arches of Bermondsey has its advantages, but if we could trade locations with another brewery, it might have to be Voss. The brewery’s mustard-coloured building is nestled like a dropped gem in surroundings that belong in epic myths and legends: snow-capped mountains, blue-stained-glass lakes and vibrant, verdant forests. It’s a beautiful place, where some beautiful beers are made.

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    First meeting up at last year’s Bergen Beer & Whisky Festival, we’ve been bouncing around ideas with Dag, Jeanette and the team at Voss for some time. After this year’s festival in Bergen, we finally got to brew something together – something totally new for both of us!

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    Voss make some world-class hop-forward beers, but we both wanted to brew something modern with a distinctive Norwegian twist: a kettle sour inoculated with yeast from traditional Norwegian fermented milk drinks. Three different types were used – Kefir, Kulturmjølk and Biola, providing the cultures that will define the sour character of the beer.

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    Depending on how the beer finishes, Voss and us have a few different ideas about what to do with it. We’ve talked about adding local Lingonberries to the beer, or potentially blending it with a classic Scandinavian farmhouse beer or release around Easter, when these types of beer are traditionally released. We’re keeping in touch with the team at Voss to decide the beer’s future!

    The finished beer will be launched in the UK at our taproom – watch this space for announcement of the date!

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  2. Brew By Numbers and BrewDog

    February 26, 2016 by Dave Seymour

    In 2014, Brew By Numbers benefited from investment from the BrewDog Development Fund. BrewDog recently announced their stance on brewery independence, and we would like to make Brew By Numbers’ position known.

    We value transparency greatly, in our friends, suppliers, colleagues in the brewing industry and in ourselves most of all. The investment we received through the BrewDog Development Fund has come to an end, and the shares bought in BBNo by BrewDog have been sold back to us at cost price. In the spirit of the openness and transparency displayed by those we admire in the industry, we would like to provide some context and clarity on our relationship with BrewDog.

    In 2013, Brew By Numbers was still just two friends, brewing with equipment not much larger than the average homebrew set up, in a basement in South London. A move from that setting wasn’t just highly desirable for us as a microbrewery with a big vision, but hugely necessary for us to the take the next steps as a small business.

    We had spoken to a number of banks about finance to help us grow, but none of them seemed to grasp what was happening in brewing in the UK at the time, and there was little recognition of our potential. Despite having received acclaim for our beers, we felt frustrated by the lack of support available to us.

    James Watt met Tom and Dave back in those early days of BBNo, and fully understood and liked our concept. A year later, we sent several beers to James, along with our business plan. James keenly understood what was happening in the brewing industry, and, having made a similarly huge leap with Martin Dickie in the early days of BrewDog, gave us his and BrewDog’s backing, in the form of investment.

    This support reassured Brew By Numbers’ first investors – Tom and Dave’s families – and gave banks we approached far greater confidence in our business and potential. Confidence is hugely important, it can be the difference in whether a business succeeds or fails.

    Beyond this, BrewDog’s investment provided clear and transparent benefits, with no demands of control. BBNo was offered what we needed most: support from an ambitious and growing brewery, advice informed by their experience in undergoing similar growth, and custom – crucial in helping us get our beers the wider recognition we wanted. However, some people did not approve of our association with BrewDog, and we did lose some customers as a result of their investment.

    Whilst at no point did BrewDog wish to interfere in the running of BBNo, some saw the move as acquisitional and controlling, but nothing could be further from the truth. Having the generous support and friendship of a bigger brother has been valuable in the growth of Brew By Numbers as a brewery, and the end of this involvement has been conducted just as fairly as when it began.

    BrewDog were generous enough to sell the shares in BBNo back to us at cost price, and have publicly cited their stance on the independence of breweries. As a brewery, we have returned to once again being an independent, family-run business. Nevertheless, the support we have received from BrewDog has placed us on a good road to a prosperous future.

    We have a huge year ahead of us, with expansion and improvements taking place at every level of the business. BrewDog have helped to get us here, and we’ll always be grateful to them.


  3. Collab Norwegian Wilderness IPA with 7 Fjell

    February 24, 2016 by Dave Seymour

     

     

    After Bergen Beer and Whisky Festival in Norway, we brewed a Norwegian wilderness-inspired IPA with 7 Fjell, an up-and-coming Norwegian craft brewery.

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    Whilst a relatively new enterprise in Norway’s growing craft beer industry, 7 Fjell Bryggeri has one of Norway’s most experienced and prolific brewmasters: Gahr Smith-Gahrsen. 7F’s brew kit is slick, their on-site cold storage is an impressive investment, and plans for a canning line hint at a bright future. The whole space has been planned and designed to be both practical and comfortable. We’ve been convinced by their clean beers with clarity of flavour, and 7F is definitely a brewery to watch.

    We were introduced by mutual friends and took the chance to get together and brew with 7F on our recent trip to Bergen for the beer and whisky festival.

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    Keen to each bring something solid to the collaboration, together we designed the recipe for a Norwegian spruce IPA, bringing together 7F’s idea of infusing historic Norwegian brewing ingredients (juniper and spruce) and our love of highly aromatic hop-forward beers.

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    The day before the brewday, foraged spruce, juniper and heather were steeped in hot water and left to infuse overnight, in a method called einerlåg, creating the liquor we would use for the mash. This brought an intense, herbal-tea-like aroma to the liquor – all this before we’d even started the brew! A kilo of coarsely crushed, fresh juniper berries was sourced from nearby to intensify that bold and brilliant aroma.

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    The hop bill, mostly Motueka with some Citra, was designed to accentuate but not overpower the spruce and juniper character in the finished beer. Look out for this Norwegian wilderness-inspired IPA in about a month’s time, with a name that nods both to our own numbering system and the area where the ingredients were sourced and brewed: 5155.

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  4. 55|01 Double IPA – Citra Mosaic Simcoe

    February 23, 2016 by Dave Seymour

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    Modern, pale, hop-forward beers are very much our thing. We also love challenging beers with higher alcohol, complex fermentations and demonstrable skill in their construction. A Double IPA has been a dream of ours for some time, one that remained within reach but outside of our grasp, until now.

    We only attempted to brew our first Double IPA when we were absolutely certain that we had the experience, technical ability and confidence to do so. We also needed hops – lots of hops, no less than 50kg in a 4000l batch, in fact – and 55|01 uses three of our absolute favourites: Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe.

    With a 100% pale malt grist, the grain character is kept fully in check: a smooth balancing texture, gentle enough to remain in the background. The huge hop additions make for a symphony of juicy tropical fruit, resinous pine, aromatic zest and slick, citric bitterness that remains astonishingly clean and balanced at its muscular 9.2% abv.

    55|01 satisfyingly pulls off the Double IPA trick of being both intense and drinkable, balancing its flavours and textures even as it crosses your palate. It’s a beer that marks a level of advancement for us as a brewery, and we are delighted to launch 55|01 Double IPA – Citra Mosaic Simcoe simultaneously at Craft Beer Rising and our brewery taproom on Friday 26 February. Expect to see it in pubs, bars and bottle shops from this weekend – but not for long! We hope you enjoy it.

    Cheers!


  5. Taproom Lates: Friday 19 February Tap List

    February 18, 2016 by Dave Seymour

     

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    BBNo Friday Taproom Lates  –  Friday 19 February – 6.00pm-10.00pm

    It’s time to announce the beers we’ve got lined up for Friday night and over the weekend! Here’s the full tap list:

    01|09 – SAISON – HIBISCUS & CHAMOMILE, 6.0%

    02|16 – GOLDEN ALE – SAPHIR & AMARILLO, 5.4%

    03|03 – PORTER – TRADITIONAL, 7.0%

    05|13 – INDIA PALE ALE – RAKAU, 7.0%

    08|06 – STOUT – OATMEAL, 5.7%

    09|04 – BROWN ALE – BRAMLING X & PACIFIC JADE, 6.0%

    10|05 – COFFEE PORTER – SAN SEBASTIAN, 6.5%

    15|04 – BLACK IPA – ENIGMA, 6.1%

    19|01 – GOSE – CLASSIC, 4.5%

    25|03 – WHITE IPA – ENIGMA, 7.3%

    35|01 – RED IPA – DR. RUDI & PACIFIC JADE, 6.6%

    We’ll also have a full range of bottles for sale to take away, plus our new range of merchandise including Brewhouse t-shirts and posters, plus hats, tote bags and more! Our bar snacks include hearty Scotch Eggs from Finest Fayre, plus biltong and beer sticks from Cannon & Cannon!

    This year we’ll be using our Friday openings to launch our latest beers ahead of their release in trade, so be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to hear about the latest news from the brewhouse.

    See you at the taproom!


  6. Tap List 12 Feb (new 08|06 Stout – Oatmeal!)

    February 11, 2016 by Dave Seymour

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    BBNo Friday Taproom Lates  –  Friday 12 February – 6.00pm-10.00pm

    Friday sees another new beer hitting our taps before general release next week: 08|06 Stout – Oatmeal! This rich, silky stout uses pinhead oats in its grist to give a smooth, mouthfilling creaminess that’s the perfect antidote to the sudden, sharp chill in the air.

    It’s a taproom exclusive ahead of its launch in trade next week! Here’s the full tap list:

    01|13 – SAISON – MOSAIC, 5.7%

    02|16 – GOLDEN ALE – SAPHIR & AMARILLO, 5.4%

    03|03 – PORTER – TRADITIONAL, 7.0%

    08|06 – STOUT – OATMEAL, 5.7% ***NEW***

    09|04 – BROWN ALE – BRAMLING X & PACIFIC JADE, 6.0%

    10|05 – COFFEE PORTER – SAN SEBASTIAN, 6.5%

    11|05 – SESSION IPA – CITRA, 4.3%

    15|04 – BLACK IPA – ENIGMA, 6.1%

    16|05 – RED ALE – EQUINOX, 6.0%

    19|01 – GOSE – CLASSIC, 4.5%

    25|03 – WHITE IPA – ENIGMA, 7.4%

    We’ll also have a full range of bottles for sale to take away, plus our new range of merchandise including Brewhouse t-shirts and posters, plus hats, tote bags and more!

    This year we’ll be using our Friday openings to launch our latest beers ahead of their release in trade, so be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to hear about the latest news from the brewhouse.

    See you at the taproom!


  7. Dark Matters: Left Hand Brewing x BBNo

    February 10, 2016 by Dave Seymour

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    February 25th – 6.30pm – 79 Enid Street, London SE16 3RA – £15 per person

    An evening of dark beer history with Left Hand Brewing and Brew By Numbers

    The markets and riverways of 18th century London were where porter and stout were born. In Bermondsey on 25th February, London’s Brew By Numbers and Colorado’s Left Hand Brewing will partner up to lay on a night of decadent, dark beer discovery into where porter and stout came from and where they are going. There will be some very special BBNo and Left Hand beers, including the UK launch of Left Hand’s Hardwired Nitro coffee porter!

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    Where did porter and stout come from? What did historic London Porters taste like? What do modern porters and stouts taste like now, and how have they evolved? Brew By Numbers’ resident beer writer Chris Hall and Left Hand’s COO Chris Lennert will guide ticketholders on a beer tasting through history, beginning with recreations of historic London Porter and continuing through stout and porter to its modern versions.

    Full beer list coming soon!

    Ticketholders will receive a beer history talk and tasting flight of five beers, including some exclusives from both Left Hand and Brew By Numbers. Tickets available HERE (Eventbrite)

     


  8. Taproom Lates: Friday 5 February Tap List

    February 4, 2016 by Dave Seymour

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    BBNo Friday Taproom Lates  –  Friday 5 February – 6.00pm-10.00pm

    It’s time to announce the beers we’ve got lined up for Friday night and over the weekend, including our brand new 02|16 Golden Ale – Saphir and Amarillo! This new recipe balances the soft, sweet orange of Amarillo with the waxy, dry lemon notes of Saphir on our smooth, finely-balanced Golden Ale malt bill.

    It’s a taproom exclusive ahead of its launch in trade next week! Here’s the full tap list:

    01|13 – SAISON – MOSAIC, 5.7%

    02|16 – GOLDEN ALE – SAPHIR & AMARILLO, 5.4% ***NEW***

    03|03 – PORTER – TRADITIONAL, 7.0%

    08|05 – STOUT – OYSTER, 5.4%

    09|04 – BROWN ALE – BRAMLING X & PACIFIC JADE, 6.0%

    10|05 – COFFEE PORTER – SAN SEBASTIAN, 6.5%

    11|14 – SESSION IPA – MOSAIC & SIMCOE, 3.9%

    15|04 – BLACK IPA – ENIGMA, 6.1%

    16|05 – RED ALE – EQUINOX, 6.0%

    19|01 – GOSE – CLASSIC, 4.5%

    25|04 – WHITE IPA – ANTIPODEAN, 7.0%

    We’ll also have a full range of bottles for sale to take away, plus our new range of merchandise including Brewhouse t-shirts and posters, plus hats, tote bags and more!

    This year we’ll be using our Friday openings to launch our latest beers ahead of their release in trade, so be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to hear about the latest news from the brewhouse.

    See you at the taproom!


  9. BBNo Goes West: Beer Emporium & Fire Festival

    February 1, 2016 by Dave Seymour

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    We’re really excited to be at two great events out west this weekend: a tap takeover at one of our favourite bars in Bristol, The Beer Emporium, on Friday 5th, and serving our beer at the fantastic Fire Festival organised by Celt Brewery in Caephilly on Saturday 6th.

    On Friday we’ll be showcasing six different beers for one night in the heart of Bristol’s undisputed craft beer district: King Street. The Beer Emporium is a gorgeous, cavernous bar, set across two arched cellars below street level and a bottle shop above them. The bar always has a great range of British and Belgian beers on draught, so we’re thrilled to get some of beers pouring at one of Bristol’s best craft beer bars. Our Head Brewer Bates will be there on the night along with Jeremy from the sales team, so be sure to say hello and try some of best new beers on draught. Here’s the line-up:

       01|11 – SAISON – QUINCE, 5.7%

       02|08 – GOLDEN ALE – POLARIS & CASCADE, 5.4%

       09|05 – BROWN ALE – CHINOOK & CENTENNIAL, 6.4%

       10|05 – COFFEE PORTER – SAN SEBASTIAN, 6.5%

       11|14 – SESSION IPA – MOSAIC & SIMCOE, 4.2%

       15|04 – BLACK IPA – ENIGMA, 6.1%

       19|01 – GOSE – CLASSIC, 4.5%

       25|03 – WHITE IPA – ENIGMA, 7.2%

    Celt Fire Fest

    On Saturday, Jeremy and Bates will be at Celt Experience’s Fire Festival with three BBNo beers on draught: 03|03 Porter – Traditional, 11|05 Session IPA – Citra, and the new 19|01 Gose – Classic. We’ll also be doing a live collaboration brew on the day with Celt Experience, Wiper & True and Northern Monk! You can buy tickets for the festival by clicking here.


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