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The Moor Beer Company began life in 1996 on an old dairy farm in the Somerset Moors. For a little over a decade they turned out some great quality beers, but by 2007 the brewery could no longer keep up with demand and times were changing. Enter Justin and Maryann Hawke, two ex-US Army officers and former San Franciscans who had been party to the craft beer revolution in the States.
With Justin and Maryann at the helm, the newly acquired Moor Beer Company relaunched in mid-2007. The subsequent expansion saw increases in both the brewing capacity and the number of beers the brewery was producing.
Whilst a couple of the original beers survived the transition, such as the famed Old Freddy Walker, even these had something of a facelift. As did the brewery with new premises and a move to Bristol, just a hop skip and jump from Temple Meads Station. There’s a taproom too. Worth knowing, you know, in case you miss your train.
Not long after graduating from West Point Military College Justin was stationed in Frankfurt where he grew rather fond of some of the cloudy German beers he was drinking. Once in charge of Moor he quickly decided that they weren’t going to hide behind filtering and finings to make their beers taste or look good.
The success Moor have experienced over the past 12 years is testament to the consistent quality of the beer they are producing. In 2018 Moor officially opened their Vaults on London’s Bermondsey Beer Mile, cementing themselves quite literally amongst craft brewings elite.
For this week’s beer, we have Claudia, Moor’s take on a traditional German wheat beer. As expected this is a hazy pour with heady perfumed aromas of spice, bread, yeast and banana. Plenty of citrus on the palate with the addition of coriander, clove and of course those classic yeasty notes we’ve all come to expect from a good wheat beer.