Trevor Harris began his brewing career in 1991, at the Brunswick Inn in Derby. Many consider the Brunswick to be one of the first British brewpubs. The concept is now common fare in many British cities, but this traditional tower-style brewery set over three floors, producing real ales of the highest quality for punters sat mere metres away, was groundbreaking at the time.
In the autumn of 2004, Trevor and his wife Kes finally plucked up the courage to go it alone, launching the Derby Brewing Co. The brewery was originally established by the husband and wife duo as a part-time venture to give themselves something to do as they moved into semi-retirement.
That all went out of the window when they started picking up more local beer awards than you could shake a stick at. They soon began to struggle to meet demand. As they were doing everything themselves, from brewing to barrelling and delivering, they quickly realised that they needed to rope in some extra help
Their son Paul joined the team as Managing Director with the ambition to grow what his parents had built, something he did with great success, allowing Derby Brewing Co to open their own tap house in 2008. Paul also decided in 2017 that the breweries beers could do with a bit of modernisation. Paul explains the reasons for this transition;
“From a brewing perspective, there has been a huge sea change in the UK beer market, with the emergence of craft beer. The popularity of these beers inspired the development of the Derby Brewing Co crafted range, with its own separate brand, look and feel.”
Tonight’s beer, Blood Wolf, is our favourite beer from the new range. Paul tells us what to expect from it;
“Blood Wolf is every inch an inspired American Red. It utilises malts sourced from Warminster Floor Maltings which are milled fresh on site here to create a stunning deep red colour. The subtle spiciness of rye combined with a whole host of new world hops results in a bold and upfront red with punchy, fruity hop flavours.”
Derby Brewing Company now has a team of 65 people, operates four venues nationwide, and the new craft range has taken them in a new direction that will surely see them continue their success over the coming years.