It’s 6 months since our first commercial brew and I think we can officially say we are now fully operational…. but boy has it been hard work.
Romance vs Reality
Back when we started this romantic journey into the commercial brewing world our vision was rose-tinted by the thought of brewing and drinking amazing beers with our Craft Beer loving public, little did we know exactly how much effort and hard graft is involved in making good beer and running a brewery alongside our day jobs and young families.
Every process in our brewery from brewing to capping & labelling our bottles is done by hand, late night bottling sessions have become a regular fixture trying to keep up with demand. And the cleaning the endless cleaning never stops, we joke that we started a brewery to become professional cleaners but bacteria is a brewers worst enemy so there’s no getting away with it, and don’t even get me started on the paperwork!
Up and Running
On the 9th April 2016 we first cranked up the heat and made our first batch of ‘Batch #8 Pale Ale’ after 5 months of building work and fighting bureaucracy the excitement in the brewery was massive. “This is it boys we are finally a brewery!” was one shout as our aging copper finally reached boiling point. That first brew went well, our confidence was up, we sold our first keg 2 weeks later.The beer went down a storm at Jack Chams Bar in Tavistock and the public had finally been able to drink our beer after months of hearing us waffle on about it and to be honest we haven’t looked back, or let our backsides touch the ground since.
We soon started selling our bottles to Roots & Vines in Tavistock and surprisingly Whitchurch Cricket Club quickly became our best customer, if you get the chance make sure you go and catch a match during the Summer months. Even if you don’t like cricket, if the sun is shining there can be fewer more relaxing places to go and sit and drink good beer.
As Summer came to an end we had our first open day and taproom evenings, the response from people who have visited us is overwhelming and seeing everyone enjoy themselves doing the things we love best, spending time with family and friends drinking beer, eating food and having fun is a huge boost to us. We are planning more events before Christmas so keep watching Facebook and Twitter for dates and times.
And beers…. we started with one and now have 7, Pale Ale, Bitter, Lager, Saison, Blonde, Wheat and Porter. We were actually thinking of creating seasonal ranges and letting some beers come and go but due to popular demand we will work hard to try and keep all our beers in stock or at least in production. We are also planning a number of one off brews that will be sold in our Taproom at our main advertised events so make sure you keep up to date with our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
So here we are: Stannary Brewing Co.
These first 6 months have rushed by in the blink of a very tired eye, and thanks to ‘you’ our customers we are more excited about the next 6 months than we were at the start of this mad-capped adventure. So a massive thanks for your support we’ll keep working hard as long as you guys keeping drinking our beers!