I haven’t stopped to work out the total distance between the breweries selected for our April Beer for a Year case, suffice to say that the journey from the beautiful Orkney Islands to Bude in Cornwall would take you over 15 hours to drive. Both these breweries are new to us, but we’re bowled over by the quality of their products and the passion of the brewers.
Set in the beautiful Orkney Isles, Swannay is not surprisingly the most northerly of our brewery partners and we’re delighted to feature the work of Head Brewer Rob Hill. Despite their remote location, Rob and the team have clocked up over 100 different awards with heaps of CAMRA and SIBA gongs. The beer we’ve featured here, Island Hopping won Gold at last year’s International Brewing Awards.
Based on the rugged north Cornish coast, just below the Devon border, Bude Brewery are proud of their history and name their beers after local landmarks and surrounding areas. It’s owned and operated with a passion for beer and the community, they’ve even created an ale to raise funds for a local Seapool – a haven for safe swimming.
With Easter just a recent memory, our attention turns to the build up to a great British summer and you will see a few subtle changes in the beers we’ve selected. There are a couple more pale and golden beers and we hope we’re not tempting fate by adding a brilliant lager from Allendale Brewery in Northumberland. As usual, there is an eclectic mix of breweries, each with their own story to tell.
Our own favourite this month is the relationship between man and goat at Hornes Brewery in Woburn. Most breweries have their own dog or a maybe a cat to keep mice away, but Head Brewer Ryan Horne goes one step further with Herbie, Dusty and Sooty; the friendly goats. In exchange for keeping Ryan company every day, the cloven hoofed trio are often rewarded with a handful of spent grain.
As always, we want you to enjoy every beer you receive, so we give you the option to fine tune your selection every month. It might be that you prefer golden or paler ales in the summer, you have a passion for bottle conditioned beer or you might even fancy substituting a few beers with a selection of British ciders from fine independent producers. The choice is yours- just give us as much notice as possible and we’ll happily sort it out.