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Gloucester Brewery was founded by Jared Brown, a former chef, who, after 10 years in the industry decided to pack it in and turn his attention to brewing. Jared had always had a keen interest in beer and so, in the autumn of 2011, made the switch from hobs to hops and got Gloucester Brewery off the ground.
The first thing Jared did was contact British Waterways to see if he could build a brewery amongst one of the many fabulous buildings on Gloucester Docks (they said yes!). It’s a special place to enjoy a beer. It’s also the most inland port in the UK, at the end of the deepest canal in the country.
The original brewery is a thing of beauty. Based on Gloucester docks and originally used as stables for the canal barge horses, the historic venue now houses Gloucester’s Tank bar and taproom after the brewery moved just down the road to a bigger site in 2015. They take good advantage of the location and hosts some cracking annual events, such as their IPA festival and Oktoberfest. Understandably, this year’s events have been cancelled, but, as things start to open up, this is one taproom that’s well worth a visit.
From the outset, Jared’s idea was to create a range of beers highlighting some of the county’s most traditional beer styles. Beer styles that have proven to be ever so popular with Gloucester locals over the years. But it’s not just punters that raved about the beers coming out of Gloucester Brewery, they’ve also managed to pick up a mountain of awards since launching in 2011. Beers such as Dockside Dark, Session IPA and Imperial Stout have all had their time in the spotlight, but it’s tonight’s beer that has really stood out.
Gloucester Gold is the brewery’s signature beer, a traditional golden ale, that’s crisp and fruity with a lasting bitter finish. It’s a multiple award winner too, picking up awards in five of the last six years, including 2 prestigious SIBA awards. The key to this beer is the balance between malt and hops. This is accentuated by a slightly reduced carbonation that results in a mouthfeel so similar to a cask ale you’d be forgiven in thinking it had come straight off a pull at your favourite country pub.