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Based out of Highgate, North London, Gorgeous Brewery have been steadily going about their business since 2016. The brewery was founded by brother and sister Rob and Sam Laub. Sam takes us through how it all began.
“We come from a long line of publicans going back almost a century. Our gran who was raised in a pub passed on a passion for beer and Gorgeous Brewery was started in the pub we own today. When we took over The Bull in Highgate, It wasn’t long before we began playing around with brewing our own beers and the ideas of a brewery of our own started to take shape.”
They started out on a small kit in the pub kitchen, serving up their brews to local punters and gauging their reactions. The reactions were almost always good and as the clamour for their beers grew, the space in the kitchen diminished. In 2016 they built a 5 barrel brewhouse at the back of the pub and Gorgeous brewery was born.
Coming from a long line of pub landlords meant that Gorgeous took a different approach to that of your average fledgeling brewery, using their experience in the industry to develop and hone their range.
“Our publican background really informs what we brew. The drinker is always front of mind, our beers are all about being handcrafted and high quality but always easy drinking. It also means we’re not just passionate about keg, but also cask beer and it was important that this was a core part of the Gorgeous Brewery range”
This approach towards beers that work on keg, cask and in bottle has stood Gorgeous in good stead as they now begin to get their wares further afield.
“We’ve gone from just selling the beers in our pub, to really finessing the beers, believing in them and trying to get Gorgeous pints out there into as many hands as possible. We’ve been really fortunate to have a number of pubs, bars and awesome online sellers like BeerBods support us.”
Tonight’s beer, Glowfly is Gorgeous’s take on a traditional bitter. Sam introduces it for us.
“This was the first beer in our core range. It was very important to us to have a traditional best bitter in the lineup and It’s a firm favourite in our pub. It has a malty body and firm bitterness that is balanced with toffee sweetness and a mild fruity finish.”