Summer of 21 by Small Beer Brew Co
Cotswold grown organic barley, floor-malted and roasted in Wiltshire, gives a moreish biscuit character. Organic hops grown on the Walker Farm in Worcestershire, picked at peak ripeness to provide a fresh, fruity and distinctly British character
The live tasting of this beer was on 15th July 2021 #BeerBods
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Small Beer Brewing Co have been quietly going about their business from their South East London headquarters since 2017. Starting out with the sole focus of brewing beers low in ABV but never compromising on flavour, they’ve slowly but surely grown a loyal following in one of the most brewery-dense areas of the country.
The brewery was founded by old pals James and Felix. James takes us through how the idea for Small Beer came to be.
“Felix and I met heading up different teams at Sipsmith Gin. It was during our time working at the distillery that we found ourselves in pubs, scanning the pump clips for a beer we could enjoy during the working week, before heading home to our young families. Time and time again, we couldn’t find a compelling option that delivered on quality and flavour but didn’t leave us suffering from those all too often 'bleary-eyed consequences' the following day. It was in this moment, of wanting to find a lower alcohol beer that was full of flavour, that the idea for Small Beer was born.”
The duo set to work creating a brewery specifically designed for the production of small beer (beers up to 2.8% ABV). James tells us what it’s all about.
“We are reinvigorating a lost tradition by pioneering a new process of brewing. We have built a bespoke brewing kit dedicated to the production of lower-alcohol beer up to 2.8% ABV – the world's first dedicated small beer brewery!
Our brewing kit allows us to brew our beer to strength so that we don't need to remove the alcohol in any way. Instead, we take the time and care to maximise flavour over alcohol creation.”
The resulting beers have been incredibly popular with the Small Beer following growing by the day. Now a team of 11 and counting, the brewery has tripled its production capacity in the last year alone, a characteristic that doesn’t look like slowing any time soon.
For tonight’s beer we have, Summer of 21, Organic IPA, James introduces it for us...
“Organic, all British sourced, the Small Beer Summer of '21 IPA is a refreshingly different all British IPA, brewed to liberate the nation from an eternity of lockdown. Floral hop aroma with hints of orange lead to a crisp biscuit-forward thirst quencher with a rich marmalade bitterness on the finish. This is tradition, as IPA's once were.”