Twisted Barrel Ale launched onto the Coventry beer scene back in March 2014 as the UK’s first “pico brewery”.
The inspiration behind Twisted Barrel Ale, arguably the pioneers of the Coventry beer scene, came from New Zealand sometime before 2014. We’ll let head brewer Ritchie Bosworth explain.
“It all started for me whilst I was living in New Zealand where they didn’t really have much of the mass-produced lager I was used to drinking. So I started getting into ales. When I came home I realised all my friends had got into craft beer as well.”
His beer curiosity continued via a podcast called All Hail The Ale. The levels of beer geekery moved up another level when Ritchie and (fellow co-founder) Chris Cooper got home-brew kits for Christmas from their respective partners.
Not content with following other people’s recipes they began brewing their own creations for friend’s weddings and stag dos. This led them to question how hard it would be to register as a commercial brewery. According to Ritchie, it’s actually rather straightforward. Twisted Barrel was born.
In January 2015 the decision was made to take the brewery to another (larger) level and Ritchie swapped life in accountancy for that of a brewer.
Six months later Twisted Barrel opened the doors of their gleaming new 1,000-litre brewery and tap house, nestled amongst a host of other indie businesses, artists, coffee and bookshops. Their tap house is proving a popular local attraction with regular themed events, movie nights, home-brew club, open-mic sessions and the opportunity to taste their great beers.
Today the team continues to go from strength to strength. Multiple award-winning beers and a list of collaborations growing larger by the day, including, most notably an international collaboration with Gorilla Brewing Co from Busan, South Korea.
Tonight’s beer, Call of Korriban, is one of Twisted Barrel’s most famous brews. A dark, resinous, bitter, black IPA made with Citra, Chinook, Mosaic and Summit hops. It was awarded the Best Beer in the West Midlands in 2015 and 2016 by users of RateBeer.com with a score of 94/100. Over the past couple of years, Call of Korriban has been exclusively brewed for cask. Luckily we were able to convince the Twisted Barrel team to make an exception and bottle a few thousand for us. We’re pretty chuffed they did.