Born on 24th July 2007 Concrete Cow was the brainchild of Dan Bonner,ex home brewer. Early days saw the creation of traditional cask real ale and
bottled versions for both local and home consumption. With an emphasis on provenance, the environment and sustainability, Dan’s beers are
always left unfiltered, so they are suitable for vegans.
Spent hops go to help grow vegetables at a local allotment and grains to the local dairy herd to munch on. It seemed obvious to name the brewery and beers after local iconic landmarks, the most famous of which is the concrete cows. The poor beasts have been vandalised, painted like skeletons and zebras, been kidnapped (a ransom note sent) and acquired pink pyjama bottoms. They’ve even been listed as one of the ‘one hundred most influential open air sculptures’ and mockingly (but fondly we hope) referred to by the actor Russell Crowe.
Small scale inhouse canning started recently after success in a national competition and the business still remains a lifestyle passion for Dan. The latest twist in the brewery
history is that Dan can no longer drink his own beers due to a serious gluten intolerance. This means that if you want to take over the official brewery tasting job, you’ll need to join a long queue … watch out for the gluten free range in future!!
We’ve featured their Pail Ale in our March selection. A beer to enjoy in the early
season sunshine with a clear golden body and light head.