Underworld by Big Smoke Brew Co
Underworld Milk Stout is brewed with lactose, vanilla pods, espresso and chocolate for a complex, creamy finish. It uses classic English hop varietal Fuggles for a gentle bitterness and soft aroma, with the hops taking a back seat to an aroma of freshly-pulled espresso coffee and sweet vanilla.
The live tasting of this beer was on 22nd April 2021 #BeerBods
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Big Smoke Brew Co founders Rich Craig and James Morgan began their careers managing pubs in London. Their 15-year working relationship culminated in them opening their first pub, The Antelope in Surbiton in 2014.
It was in the shed of the pub’s beer garden that the duo began brewing early iterations of what would become Big Smoke beers.
BREWING AT THE ANTELOPE ALLOWED EVERYONE INVOLVED THE CHANCE TO LEARN, EXPERIMENT AND GET IMMEDIATE FEEDBACK FROM OUR CUSTOMERS IN THE PUB. IT’S ALL PART OF THE PROCESS FOR US, WE LOVE HEARING FROM OUR CUSTOMERS AND IT’S BECOME VERY USEFUL WHEN DECIDING WHAT WORKS, AND CRUCIALLY, WHAT DOESN’T.”
For the five years that followed, Rich and James continued to open pubs and proceeded to fill them with Big Smoke Beers. In February 2019 Big Smoke took the next step in their journey, moving to a new purpose-built brewery in Esher, Surrey.
HAVING OUR OWN ESTATE OF PUBS HAS ALLOWED US TO GROW ORGANICALLY OVER THE PAST 6 YEARS BUT THE MOVE TO OUR NEW BREWERY HAS REALLY RAMPED THINGS UP FOR US. INVESTING IN A GREAT SALES TEAM AND FOCUSSING ON DELIVERING STRONG CUSTOMER SERVICE HAS MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE.
The move to the new brewery has allowed Big Smoke to focus much more on achieving a consistent, reliable product. The purpose-built brewery has also enabled a huge jump in scale, resulting in the expansion of the beer range and team, now 12 people strong.
For tonight’s beer, we have Underworld, a smooth, sweet and well rounded award-winning milk stout. Cocoa, roasted espresso beans, lactose and premium Madagascan vanilla means that this is a stout packed with flavour.