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Born off the back of the adventure of a lifetime, Orbit Beers have been creating unique takes on European beer styles since 2014.
The story began when Orbit’s founder, Robert Middleton, hatched a plan to discover beer in the land of whisky. The mission; to visit every brewery in his native Scotland.
Travelling alone in his trusty VW campervan, affectionately named Brian, Robert travelled from the northernmost island in Shetland to the Outer Hebrides documenting his journey along the way. The result was a book called The Tea Leaf Paradox; a collection of memoirs from the trip… along with a burning desire to start a brewery of his own.
Robbie Sykes, commercial manager at Orbit explains how the idea for Orbit came about.
"Robert's earliest memory is his fascination with vinyl records and in particular the distinctive, varying designs of the spindle adaptors that lived in the centre of his sisters' 7" singles, stacked above the turntable. Around this time his friends knew him as "Orbit", a result of childhood difficulties pronouncing Robert. At the inception of the brewery, it seemed fitting to bring to life that early nickname and his first iconic image to form our logo and our name, Orbit Beers."
The team moved into their double railway arch in Walworth, South London in early 2014, brewing their first batch on July 1st of the same year. Since then all subsequent beers have been brewed and packaged on-site which has now expanded to include the arch next door.
We're big fans of Orbit here at BeerBods and couldn't think of a beer more suitable for our 500th live tasting than XX Mild. Tonight’s beer is a strong, ruby-coloured mild ale. Rich and sweet with warming notes of caramel, raisins, & sherry.