Bristol was still very much a cider city when Jon Comer quit a job in IT to start Arbor Ales back in 2007.
He brewed on a second-hand kit in the back of his brother’s pub for a year before the pub closed and he was forced to move out. Having found some space to rent in a former factory just up the road, he invested in a brewery twice the size and set to work converting the good people of Brizzle from apples to hops. Over ten years, and a few relocations later, they’re now a team of ten brewing five days a week on a 20 barrel plant.
Arbor have a reputation for rarely brewing the same beer twice. On ‘Freestyle Fridays’ they rock up at the brewery and create whatever takes their fancy. This experimental approach has led to them creating over 300 different beers to date across cask, keg and bottle.
“We’ve always been a creative and experimental brewery, never shying away from trying out new ideas & sidestepping style guidelines. Though we’ve produced several hundred different beers over the years, we’re always open to new ideas and encourage our brewing team to continually think about new recipes. While we’re probably best known for our hop-forward approach, we take pride in creating great beers that appeal to everyone, from the craftiest fiend to the traditional cask ale drinker.”
Tonight’s beer C bomb was first brewed in 2013, we asked Jon how this week’s beer came about.
“The ‘Bomb’ series of beers, most of them single-hopped, started with tonight’s beer, C Bomb (using Citra hops) back in 2013. Over the years we’ve used the series as a way to champion different hop varieties, showing the range of flavours and styles they can produce. It was such a hit we added to the range with G Bomb, Oz Bomb and Megs Bomb to name a few.”
Big citrus flavours and aromas are complemented by a touch of tropical grapefruit. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and smooth with a soft finish due to the relatively low bitterness. Oh… and It’s in a Mahoosive pint can too so there’s plenty to enjoy!