Thornbridge news and updates
Mr Smith Gose to.... Waitrose!
Date: 13th November 2017
The 2017 Home Brew Challenge Winner, Mr Smith Gose To... is available in the listed Waitrose stores from today
It is a 4% Watermelon Gose, brewed by Josh Smith
Juicy watermelon flavours combine perfectly with the lemony Gose. Brilliantly refreshing and fruity with a salty, sharp twang, this is a fantastic twist on this traditional German style.
Home Brew Challenge Champion 2017
Date: 6th November 2017
Mr Smith Goes to Thornbridge to brew his Gose for Waitrose
Thornbridge Brewery, in partnership with Waitrose and Brew UK, has announced the winner of the 2017 Great British Homebrew Challenge - a watermelon-infused beer brewed by digital designer, Josh Smith.
The Gose, a German style of beer, is named Mr Smith Gose to... after the well-known 1939 Frank Capra Mr Smith Goes to Washington and made with watermelon juice. It will be available in Waitrose shops from the 13th November.
The Great British Homebrew Challenge, now in its fourth year, sets out to find the best home-brewed beer in the country. The winning recipe, chosen by a panel of experts including Thornbridge Head Brewer, Rob Lovatt, and Waitrose beer buyer, Sarah Hammond, is brewed by Thornbridge and sold at Waitrose shops across the country.
This year, the winning beer was brewed by Stoke Newington resident Josh, 32, who has been brewing at home for five years.
The beer was inspired by a watermelon, feta and mint salad recipe I really like. Watermelon works so well with salty flavours and I naturally made the connection to Gose - a sour and salty beer. I had tried Mello watermelon juice from Waitrose and was impressed by how much flavour it had, so used that in my beer. I’m so excited for Waitrose customers to try it, as I think it’s quite unusual. This beer can be made into Mexican inspired cocktails too, like Michelada, and is also delicious mixed with tequila and lime.
Rob Lovatt: Joshs beer really stood out amongst very strong competition in the final judging stage, with the level of quality instantly shining through. We have been brewing quite a few sour beers recently, but not with Watermelon yet, so this will be a very interesting one for us.
Sarah Hammond, Waitrose beer buyer, says: I always look forward to judging on this panel, as the beers created in this country by people in their kitchens and sheds are always so innovative and fun. This beer is no exception and is the first watermelon beer we’ve launched.
Oh, Christmas Beer!
Date: 1st November 2017
Its the most wonderful time for beer...
Delight any beer fan this festive season with a feast of Thornbridge beers!
We have carefully selected a beautiful variety of styles to create the perfect present.
Case 1 features a selection of 12 different beers, including our Hoppy Christmas Red Ale, Tonttu.
Case 2 features the selection of 12 plus a very handy key ring bottle opener and 2 x Brewery Tour Vouchers.
Case 3 features the contents of Case 2 with the addition of two bottles of our rare and barrel aged Brooklyn Brewery collaboration, Serpent. Click here to check out how we made this unique beer (usual RRP for Serpent is £15 per bottle).
Free Delivery on all those options too! Find out more by heading to our online shop now -
Tours starting on Thursdays
Date: 20th October 2017
Due to popular demand for our Brewery Tours we are now opening spaces every Thursday at 3pm.
With time for drinks before and after, the tours take about 1.5 hours and include - three half pints, souvenir glass, samples, and the tour led by a knowledgeable and friendly guide.
Places do have to be booked in advance, please call us on 01629 815 999 to reserve your space.
October is Secale Month in our Year of Beer!
Date: 1st October 2017
October is Secale month in our Year of Beer!
Our Imperial Rye ESB is bursting with juicy US hops, balancing the spicy Rye and luscious malt.
It is available in kegs from the brewery now, so call the Sales Office on 01629 815 999 to reserve yours
Fullers and Friends Collaboration
Date: 26th September 2017
Fullers and Friends sees Fullers team up with Cloudwater Brew Company, Fourpure Brewing Company, Hardknott Brewery, Marble Beers Limited, Moor Beer Company and Thornbridge Brewery to create six new collaboration beers packaged together that will be exclusive to Waitrose within the grocery market.
With a different Fullers brewer working with each brewery, these collaboration beers are certainly varied. The six pack includes a dry-hopped lager with Fourpure, a New Zealand Saison with Marble, a red rye ale with Thornbridge, a New England IPA with Cloudwater, a smoked Porter with Hardknott and a homage to Extra Special Bitter with Moor Beer. Each beer has been brewed at Fullers Brewery in Chiswick. Six members of the Fullers brewing team have been partnered up with each brewer and together have created new recipes, worked through the whole brewing process from beginning to end, designed the artwork for the bottle labels and given it a name.
Our beer is Flora and the Griffin, a 7% Red Rye Ale. This punchy red ale is made with a diverse range of ingredients including spicy rye malt and bold, floral American hops. Made in collaboration with Derbyshire’s Thornbridge, it’s named after the symbols of both breweries, Flora and The Griffin.
John Keeling, Fullers Global Ambassador, said “It has been a privilege to be able to welcome these six brewers to Fuller’s home to create these new beers. I have always enjoyed doing collaborations and to extend this to include brewers from other breweries all over the country seemed like it would be such fun for everyone.
“Collaborating on beers is much more effective when meeting a brewer face to face. Collaboration is not just about agreeing a recipe then brewing a beer, it is a great way to make friends. So Georgina and I asked Rob at Thornbridge, Dave at Hardknott, Dan at Fourpure, Justin at Moor, James at Cloudwater and JK at Marble, all of whom I knew, some I had already brewed with but all were friends, to get involved. What better way to get the team at Fuller’s to experience the full meaning of collaboration than for them to work with these great brewers?
Fullers and Friends mixed six pack will be exclusive to exclusive to Waitrose within the grocery market and will be available later this year in time for Christmas.
Job Vacancy: Temporary Seasonal Warehouse Worker
Date: 25th September 2017
Company: Thornbridge Brewery
Job Title: Temporary Seasonal Warehouse Worker
Reporting to: Logistics Manager
Hours: 45hrs (Full time – Monday to Friday 08:00-17:00)
Salary: Dependent on experience
Thornbridge Brewery was established 12 years ago and our beers have gained considerable success with over 350 industry and consumer awards being won in regional, national and international competitions.
Operating from a state of the art brewery in Bakewell, in the heart of the Peak District, as well as owning a small pub estate in Sheffield, Thornbridge Brewery is a vibrant and growing business and has just undergone a £1.5m expansion.
To support with seasonal volume, we have a Temporary vacancy for a Warehouse person to help the Logistics team through the busy festive period. This role will be reviewed weekly based on volumes.
The successful candidate will have involvement with, amongst other tasks:
- Picking orders for a variety of customers
- On-line shop orders, pick and pack.
- Replenish pick and storage locations
- Assist with local deliveries when required
- Maintain a clean and tidy warehouse and yard
- Help promote good H&S behavior on site
Working in a team and reporting to the Logistics’ Manager, the successful candidate will preferably, but not essentially have experience of working within a FMCG environment.
We are looking for an enthusiastic person with good communication skills and a “can do” attitude who likes to work as part of a team, but shows initiative and takes ownership for their work, with a strong attention to detail.
If you are looking for temporary work to then please send your CV to: James.Walker@thornbridge.co.uk
Closing date for applications will be Friday 06th October 2017.
Our new Reverend and the Makers collab is coming soon
Date: 20th September 2017
We have teamed up again with Reverend and the Makers to create a new beer celebrating the launch of their latest album!
The beer is called Bang Saray and is a light and refreshing Thai Pale Ale brewed with Kaffir Lime Leaves and Lemongrass.
It will be available soon, in the meantime click here to check out the new Reverend and the Makers album
The Great Taste Awards
The Official Beer of SWFC
Date: 9th September 2017
We are delighted to announce our partnership with Sheffield Wednesday Football Club and have created their official beer!
It will be available on cask at the stadium for all home matches and also coming soon in bottles.
The Wednesday is is a light, citrusy, and easy-drinking pale ale.
Click here for more information on how our collaboration came about
Cask badges for the beer are available to buy in the online shop here