First a big thankyou to all who have made it out to the brewery since Christmas, braving the cold and wet for beer for some cheer at home. As ever, we are very grateful for the support to help keep the brewery going while time continue to be hard for all. Fingers crossed for the better times ahead!
Apologies to those who were hoping to catch us at the Farmers Market on March 13th or on the square on April 3rd – due to some family ‘things’ we won’t now be able to make either of those, but are looking forwards instead to the Farmers Market on Saturday 22nd May.
Meanwhile, we’ve been so pleased to have the recent dry spell, the hops are now weeded and fed ready for the season ahead, and are staring to shoot. The first of this year’s SeasonAles, Collytown Blonde, is conditioning away in it’s bottles and will be on sale in time for Easter.
And as essential supplies, we are still open for take home sales at the same times, every Saturday afternoon 3 to 5pm and every Wednesday afternoon 4.30 to 7pm. And while you’re here, you are welcome to wander down to the hops and around the orchard – not long before the apple blossom will be out – and soak up the peace and the birdsong!
We are open today as usual from 4.30 to 7pm, and as a special treat have some Cotts Winter Ale from the task available to take home – in our own 2 pint containers to be Covid safe. Perfect for curling up with a mince pie or 3 tomorrow evening after what is promised to be a gorgeous sunny day.
The brewery is then CLOSEDuntil Wednesday 6th Jan, when we’ll be open as usual 4.30 to 7pm.
We wish everybody a safe and happy Christmas, and send a huge heartfelt thankyou to all those who have supported the brewery, by however much or however little, this difficult year. Qute simply, without it there would not still be a Bere Brewery. So thank you from the bottom of our beer glasses and hearts.
There are still very difficult times ahead, so we’ll be very pleased to see people out at the brewery for beer for some cheer at home in the months to come. We’ve been able to stay open for sales whatever the level of restrictions, so it’s very likely that will continue to be the case, and of course all our lovely space and open air ventilation makes staying safe so much easier. Not long, and the hops will be starting to shoot again!!
We are looking forwards to being in Tavistock again this Friday in Butchers Hall – for anyone still struggling to find it, it’s next to the Pannier Market – you’ll find the entrance at the Town Hall end on the right hand side, between the Wholefood shop and De La Torres Mediterranian deli.
It’s a lovely light and spacious place, so do come and find us – we’ll have all 6 OriginAles, and the High Cross and Cotts Winter SeasonAles so there’s something for every taste, every occasion and every meal (well maybe not breakfast!).
We’ll also have plenty of Gift Boxes and Gift Bags available which make great Christmas presents; all the bottles have long best before dates on them – so no matter if, given this years different Christmas, it will be a while before it reaches it’s intended!
Come and say hello, it’s lovely to be able to be out and about and talking to people about our beers and our brewery again!
We’ll be there! And the first available bottles of this year’s Cotts Winter Ale will be there with us!
Having originally been told we couldn’t be, we’ve been given the go ahead to be on the market as arranged on Saturday 28th November in line with current government legislation recognising beer as “essential”! The market will be in Butchers Hall, 9am to 1pm.
Great news for us, as the brewery’s survival is still entirely depedent on our being able to trade – so hope to see many of you along for some festive winter warmer Cotts, beer for some cheer at home in difficult times.
Having recieved confirmation from SIBA last night that we are ok to do so, we will still be open for sales as usual throughout November and December to Christmas, every Wednesday 4.30 to 7pm and every Saturday 3 to 5pm.
Because our beer is bottled, NO PRE ORDER IS NECESSARY. Just come along at those times, as usual.
And for anyone on the Bere Peninsula who is classified as Extremely Clinically Vulnerable, we are very happy to book you a mutually convenient entirely antisocial time to come, or offer delivery.
So we are still offering somewhere calm, peaceful and safe with loads of ventilation, and tons of space for as much physical distancing as anyone could wish for, for beer for some cheer at home or stocking up on Christmas presents
We are mindful of others who like us, sell something that the same or similar will continue to be available in supermarkets, but who haven’t had the reprieve that we have. And of course of everyone facing more difficulties, uncertainties and worries, or isolation and hard choices. Our very best wishes to all.
But most important of all, is that we all stay safe and well to live to ‘dance another day’. There’s always next years summer time Tap Rooms to look forwards to………
Maintenance and cleaning closure; please note that the brewery will not be open for sales on Wednesday 30th September or Saturday 3rd October. Open again as usual on Wednesday 7th October.
Our next Tap Room; After two lovely evenings in July and August we’ve had to take the difficult decision that our next Tap Room will have to wait until the weather is more reliable, unless social distancing changes sooner. So probably sometime in the spring. We don’t have enough shelter for everybody to maintain safe physical distance if the weather is bad, and everybodies safety, yours and ours, must be paramount. We will spend the winter dreaming of better days to come.
Cask Beer Saturdays; Through the autumn until Christmas we’ll have one of our brews available on Tap for take home sales on Saturdays. To be Covid safe we’ll be using our own 2 pint containers. Please bear with us if we have run out if you get here later while we’re open and we have run out – it may take us a while to match supply with demand!
is about to be bottled and will be ready to drink for the August bank holiday weekend. The first brew seems to have gone down really well (thanks for all the lovely compliments), and sold out quickly, so we are looking forwards very much to the second brew being ready. Perfect timing for some hoped for hot late summer weather.
It will be available as before, both from the brewery, and Roots and Vines in Tavistock while stocks last.
With the easing of restrictions next week we’ll be reopening our monthly Tap Room on July 18th 2020, and we are so looking forwards to seeing all our lovely ‘regulars’ for a jolly, mellow, friendly and social time.
We’ll have all sorts of measures and several changes in place to make sure that we all stay safe, including, for example, extra handwashing facillities and the choice of contactless card payment. Of course our big advantage is our superb natural ventilation(!) and plenty of space for maintaining 2m physical distancing. Or even for being entirely antisocial and spending the evening wandering around the orchard and hop garden, or inspecting the compost heaps if you choose! Obviously we can’t provide shelter for everybody and still keep to necessary physical distancing if it’s less than perfect weather, so you might need to bring your best brolly and cagoule. You’re also welcome to bring a rug or something to sit on.
We’ll post information that you’ll want to know before coming along on a new Tap Room page on this site the week before, but of course the No. 1 most important thing is please don’t come if you have any suspicion at all that you may be developing Covid symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who is. If we all stay safe on July 18th, we’ll feel happy to open the Tap Room again in August and beyond, others will feel safe enough to come along and enjoy the evenings, and we can look forwards to seeing you another time.
Woolacombe Rye and Clamoak Bitter will be on tap, and all the other beers that we have at the moment will be available in bottles. Come along for a beer and a physically distanced chat, and some peace and cheer in our world gone wierd.
Meanwhile we continue to be open for off sales every Wednesday 4.30 to 7pm, every Saturday 3 to 5pm, and other mutually convenient times by arrangement. Delivery still available for anyone shielding on the Bere Peninsula.
Our new hoppy Blonde Ale made with 100% our own home grown hops is busy conditioning in it’s bottles and will be on sale at the brewery (while stocks last) from 24th June 2020.
Brewed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Tamar Valley AONB
Creating a new beer is always such fun, like a great big cookery-come-chemistry experiment, with all the different malt, hop and yeast flavours to choose from to marry together to try to create something perfectly balanced with layer upon layer of lovely flavours. We think we are so lucky to be able to grow hops and brew in one of the most beautiful places in all of England, so to have been asked to produce a new beer to celebrate the Tamar Valley AONB’s 25th anniversary was a real honour.
This new blonde ale, named by Ben Dancer at the Tamar Valley AONB, is brewed with 3 different hops, Zenith, Styrian Golding and Cascade, all grown, harvested and dried here at the brewery. Something very rare, almost unique in this country.
Brewing with 100% of our own Tamar Valley hops allows the bittering, flavour and aroma characteristics distinct to our specific environment and microclimate to shine through. It’s hard to put your finger on it, but we really notice how brewing with 100% our own hops instead of our current usual 70% just takes our beers to a new depth, richness and clarity of flavour. No background harsh notes, just a freshness and cleanliness, a well rounded depth of multi-layered subtleties, and a fruitiness that’s deep without being overpoweringly dominant. We are still bulking up on a couple of our more finicky varieties, but hope to soon be using 100% hops for all of our brews.
There’s a background soft dampness to the Tamar Valley, which is maintained by the diversity of its topography and ecosystems, particularly its woodlands and extensive hedgerows. This, combined with the gentle warmth of the valley’s microclimate provides a kinder, softer and more biodiverse environment for hop growing than many traditional hop growing areas, and this seems to be reflected in the quality and breadth of flavours and aromas that our own hops can therefore give. Sure, we can have problems from being sometimes too damp, and not always cold enough in winter, but growing in the Tamar Valley means the hops can have an environment more akin to the hedgerows where they naturally flourish in the wild as opposed to the vast open field systems necessitated by modern commercially viable mechanical based growing.
And our incredibly precious hedgerows play another important role. We still grow our hops in exactly the same way as we did when we were a certified Organic market garden, so we’re not using the pesticides that are routinely and regularly sprayed by most commercial hop growers. Instead our thick and biodiverse hedgerows provide the refuges necessary to maintain our large predator population – countless ladybirds, hoverflies, lacewings and all manner of small birds to hoover up the Hop Aphids that can render a crop useless in a few days. And again, this means no chemical residues on the hops to enter the beer and taint its flavour.
So, Ale of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a light and hoppy blonde ale with fresh citrus notes; a bright, sparkling and refreshing beer to celebrate the warmth of the long light summer days and evenings of the Tamar Valley, it’s outstanding natural beauty and it’s rich biological diverstity.
Available from the brewery, and Roots and Vines, Tavistock from 24th June, while stocks last.