How I source beers for the Club

One of the nicest parts of my job is choosing the beers that feature in our subscription schemes and while you may think it’s a dirty job, someone has to do it. My mantra is always to source unusual brews from unusual breweries from all over Britain. I’ve picked out just a few of the dozen beers we will be stocking.

Our Monthly Beer Club customers in February can look forward to sampling beers from the most southerly of our brewery partners. I’m delighted to welcome Yates’ Brewery from The Isle of Wight and Head Brewer Dave Yates. Dave has a long history of brewing on the island having worked with Ushers, Dodner and Sandown breweries. I especially like their Undercliff Experience, a 4.1% amber ale with a slight citrus hint which will feature in this months’ case.

I got in touch with Sadler’s Brewery in the Black Country by complete accident. I was chatting to one of the staff at a call centre in Birmingham about my bank account when she mentioned that her boyfriend was Head Brewer for a microbrewery in Stourbridge. I called them up and am now delighted February will feature their Worcester Sorcerer, a classic full bodied English bitter.

We’ve been proud suppliers of a number of Welsh beers and I’ve been really keen to work with another brewery in the Prinicipality. Sue Hayward is Head Brewer or Brewster to give the correct term for a female producer of beer at The Waen Brewery in the pretty market town of Llanidloes. They have won many SIBA awards, been featured on BBC TV and have a page of their own in Melissa Cole’s book ‘Let Me Tell You About Beer’. I’ve chosen their Janner’s Pride for February. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think about these beers and welcome any suggestions for future months.

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