Packing it in with 500ml Packaging

The subject of "packaging" is one very hot topic in Beer these days. And when we say these days, it's been heavily discussed for the best part of last year when talking about canning and for a lengthy time before then over cask. Plus, there was a fair bit on different types of kegs. So, we can all get it straight that "packaging" is not something a brewery can take lightly.

Being what the Americans would call a 'production brewery'; one which makes beer and sells the product to others to primarily dispense rather than serving at the source, our packaging is very important. Making the right decisions about it, means we are likely to get more of our beers to others and because we care about beer a lot, we want to do so in the best way possible. Since we're not at the stages of moving to canning for all its benefits, we've put adequate emphasis on reviewing our current packaging. It's our decision, therefore, to make the move away from 500ml bottles, except from our sharing beers (a.k.a big ass stouts and the like) which will remain in 660ml bombers.

What is this change about? So, originally we packaged almost all out sub 5.5% beers into 500ml bottles, such as Little Things that Kill, Dark Hopfler and Black Perle to name a few. We did this because we quite like to drink a pints' worth of those lower ABV beers and a 500ml bottle would cater to those preferences of ours. However, for a long while now we've been asked "why the different bottle sizes?", trying to express our reasons of doing so, sometimes met with confusion by customers who think we package all beer in both formats and noticing an increasing demand from our accounts for 330ml.

In a nutshell, customers and pubs prefer 330ml bottles and principally because it's the standard size all over the world. Shelf and fridge space are better suited to one size ie: 330ml bottles. Our 500ml bottles sometimes look side-lined from the others. On a related subject, the aesthetics of 330ml bottles appeals more to restaurants and within fine-dining where they have begun serving bottled beers as an option of drink at meals. All these factors don't entirely exclude our 500ml bottled beers but did show signs that maybe our want for that size of packaging wasn't going to get those beer as widely enjoyed. We've always said we brew what we like to drink and we certainly don't like to jump on any ol' bandwagon; we do feel that we're making the right move here for our beers and for our customers. For every batch of beer, although our manual bottling days will be longer and harder, there will be more bottles out there. We're willing to embrace that and hope those of you who are fond of the 500ml bottles, don't feel too put out by the change.

As of this week, Dark Hopfler is now in 330ml and we'll start rolling out the others shortly.

We may be standardising our bottle size but you can still count on the same exciting beers within the container!

Part-Time Bookkeeper Required

Weird Beard Brew Co is looking for a part-time experienced bookkeeper. We are a fast-growing company and looking for someone who has the skills to really take charge of this role. Weird Beard Brewing Co started early 2013, by Bryan and Gregg, and is now well positioned in the London and UK brewing scene. We were Rate Beer’s 5th “Best New Brewery in the World” in 2013, and continue to push out innovative and interesting brews.

This role is for 15-20 hours per week, we have some flexibility in terms of how and when those hours are structured. Ideally with at least 2-3 years’ experience with previous responsibility for the finances for a growing business. We are looking at implementing QuickBooks in the setup of this accounting system so knowledge on this is essential.

The duties will include but not limited to:

•             Supplier invoice posting

•             Supplier payments

•             Supplier accounts reconciliation

•             Raising sales ledger invoices

•             Credit control activities

•             Manage the sales ledger

•             Bank reconciliations

•             Being responsible for amounts due for monthly beer duty and VAT.

•             Manage the monthly transactional accounting for the business

•             Reconciling of all balance sheet accounts

•             Ensure that the month end income statement and balance sheet are accurate and complete, all postings are correct and that they reflect the current position of the business.

•             Development of the internal reporting and support of the ongoing development of the systems to improve profitability and business performance

•             Perform daily bank reconciliations

•             Input vendor invoices and credit card expenses

•             Prepare customer credit notes where necessary

•             Follow up aged debtor

Job Locations: Hanwell, West London

Required Experience: 2-3 years, booking keeping and accounting.

Salary: £23-25K pro-rata

A love of craft beer would be advantageous.

Apply today to be part of a great team. Unfortunately, due to the high number of applicants we are unable to reply to everyone. Please get in touch email a copy of your CV and covering letter to recruitment@weirdbeardbrewco.com

Benefits

•             Onsite parking

•             Buy beer at wholesale price

•             Flexible working hours

•             Box of beer on your birthday

Statement on Gregg Irwin's Forthcoming Departure

Weird Beard Brew Co was originally founded by 2 home brewers: Gregg Irwin and myself, Bryan Spooner. We both started doing a little bit of everything, but slowly and naturally gravitated to certain, and separate roles. Gregg was more naturally suited to the Sales and business side, with his people skills and previous experience of running his own business. While I, with my Engineering background, was much happier in the brewhouse, using my hands, hiding from people and brewing the beer.

As we grew as a company in size and staff, I like to feel that we evolved into a team; a family with everyone involved doing their bit and helping build the brand. Weird Beard is now more than the sum of its parts and indeed more than the 2 original founders. Its identity is the people who work for us: past and present. Currently, we have 8 full-time members of staff: 4 in the brewery and another 4 in the warehouse/office unit just a few doors down on our industrial estate. Both Gregg and myself take leadership of each building and the part of the business of which that represents. Maybe here lies the first signs of our uneasy relationship with each other.

The beer is brewed, packaged, and finally passes a quality control check in Unit 5. I lead the brew team (Ryan, Ben & Kit) and with their help develop and brew 95% of the beers. We have a very open door attitude to the beers we brew, and any member of the Weird Beard team can suggest ideas and help out on a brew day. (Absolutely every member of our team has had to brew with me, even if only, just one time.) With the advice and information from the Sales team, I plan the brew and packaging schedules, along with making sure we have the staff in the brewhouse to facilitate this. The brew team manages all of the consumables required for these tasks like ordering ingredients, bottles, boxes etc.

Once the beer has passed QC and is good for release, it will be taken by our Warehouse Manager, Patrick, from the Warm Room to the warehouse at Unit 9. Once in the warehouse, Patrick orders the labels etc and uses any spare brewhouse staff to get the labels on the bottles. Rachel, our Sales Manager, then manages UK sales of the beer, whilst Gregg is across Export Sales. Natasha, who has filled almost every role in the brewery at some stage, is currently running Events and Social Media. She plans and runs events, orders any promotional items and deals with Customer Support and Social Media. All this happens in Unit 9 under the watchful eye of Gregg, who spends his days chasing money, paying bills, dealing with our accounts and all of the other fun business stuff involved in running a brewery.

Obviously, all important decisions are made by both Gregg and myself. However, we’ve experienced there is often a compromise here, as both directing parties have differing visions of what Weird Beard is and where we should be going. It is not surprising that Gregg has become unhappy; sitting in an office for long hours and from time to time, butting heads with your business partner is not a fun way to spend your days. Also, the ever increasing size of the team means there are more people to attend the fun events, so one of the more enjoyable parts of a director’s role slowly disappears.

Gregg is currently looking for a new role in a new company in the beer industry. When he finds this he will give his 1 month’s notice that he wishes to leave his directorial role in Weird Beard. He will still have a financial interest in the company, remain a shareholder, although reduced to leave me the controlling stake. In the short term, this will mean little will change, except all the top decisions will now be made by just one person. The day-to-day running of the business and brewing will not change. Soon we will be appointing someone to take on the Accounting and Sales, which Gregg has and no longer wants ownership of.

Even so, we will always acknowledge that Gregg has played a vitally important part in Weird Beard. We would not be who we are today without him and would, quite possibly, not exist. But his departure need not be a bad thing. First off, someone else in the industry is going to get a dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate new member of their team. Gregg can hopefully find his mojo and get behind making some beer he is truly passionate about again. As far as Weird Beard goes, the beers we brew will be the same; it will be the same people coming up with the ideas and making the beer but with just one person at the helm, it will be one vision. There will be no more compromise, no lengthy to and thro that often end in a stalemate with no change and no progression. Any underlying tension because of differences in directors’ opinions that has hung over the brewery like a cloud will disperse, leaving morale higher and leading to a much more relaxed environment.

I'm not saying it will be plain sailing and easy from here; there are challenges ahead. We need to find the right person to fill Gregg’s day-to-day role, but we are not looking to fill his incredibly large boots. The staff will no doubt feel uneasy whilst any changes take effect and while things settle. Sales may fall as Social Media potentially gets into a panic over Gregg's departure. It’s important that people beyond the brewery realise there has always been a quieter person by Gregg’s side also running the brewery and willing to take on a lot of the responsibilities Gregg will be leaving behind . My role is the one which will evolve the most in this time and I have prepared myself for this.

We will all miss Gregg and also Alison, Gregg’s wife who has been a great help and ray of light around the brewery since day one. We all wish him the very best of luck for the future and hope to see and work with him many times yet, wherever he goes. Moving forward, Weird Beard will continue to do what we do best and keep putting out new and interesting beers. We’ve already released some excellent new beers this year and have plenty more where those came from. Also, we’re looking forward to many more prestigious festivals this year. In terms of physical expansion, we are already growing some more, taking control of our third unit in our industrial estate in the coming days. We are not going let this change in our team, as significant as Gregg has been, slow us down. We can assure you, we will be making the best of this time of change. Collectively, we have plenty of aspirations, new recipes and plans and I am determined for us to see them through.

Bryan Spooner

Co Owner, Head Brewer, Production Manager

Christmas Extravaganza Open Day 2016 Line-Up

With the weekend on our doorstep, we thought to kindle your excitement for our upcoming Open Day by announcing what's in store for the event.

First things first, since the Defacer mini-cask we had on in August went down a treat (even at 11.1%), we decided to have another super-special beer on cask. This time, we've got a one-off polypin of Rye Smile (10.6%) Rye Wine. Come early to not avoid disappointment, once it's gone, it IS gone. Then, our exceptionally exciting Keg-list is as follows:


Black Christmas, 4.5%, Cranberry Christmas Stout

Little Things That Kill, 3.9%, Session IPA *latest recipe*

Sadako, 9.5%, Imperial Stout

*Against The Grain Collab Release* Pig Smasher, 6.8%, Honey Red Ale

*Brussels Beer Project Collab Special* Churchill's Delusion, 5.7%, Tobacco English Mild

*Redemption Collab Special* South Pacific Pale, 6.7%, Southern Hemisphere Pale Ale

 

Plus in bottles, we'll have our core, occasionals and these select specials: 
Safe Stout (released only this week)
Churchill's Delusion
Something Something Dark-Side
Something Something Barrel-Aged
Double Perle (Buffalo Trace Edition)
Sadako (Bourbon Edition)
Rye Smile (Regular and Bourbon Edition)

Just a reminder, all drink-in will be happening from Unit 5 - our Brewery; all take-out will be happening from Unit 9 - our Warehouse.

On top of all the above liquid-deliciousness, you can expect the following tastiness:

  • the yummiest artisanal Scotch Eggs & Sausage Rolls (veggie options incl) by Pig & Hay
  • thirst-quenching Square Root sodas including their special Pear & Aronia (a.k.a Chokeberry!)
  •  what we call, "snack-crack", Karkli
  • heart and soul warming Indian Street Food by 10 year veterans of the Great British Beer Festival, King Samosa

Also, it being the holidays and all, we've got a whole next level of merch for sale. Jump in on informal brewery tours, just collar someone at the bar if interested. 

We can't wait for Sunday, hope to see you folks there!

February Open Day

The weekend is imminent and that means so is our open day. Head over to our brewery on: 

Sunday 7th February
12-7pm
Photo by Dom Hemy

Photo by Dom Hemy

As per usual we will have:

At least 5 Draft Beers
A range of our core, occassional and special bottles
Drink-in or Take-away
Growler fills, if you have a growler handy
Artisanal Scotch Eggs & Sausage Rolls to snack on from Pig & Hay
Tasty, home-made fruit sodas from Square Root
T-shirts & Branded Glassware Merch
Meet the Brewers
Informal Brewery Tours 


We've recently released some really amazing collaborations beers, which you can find more info on here. We will have these on sale as well as brewery exclusive or limited release bombers. How do you like the sound of Red Wine or Tequila Barrel Aged Sadako eh?



But we've also decided to make some changes to how we run things on our open day, making it even better and in order to beat some of the busier periods! Firstly our warehouse, which you may or may not know about, at unit 9 will be the point of call for all take-out beer. If you want any beer for home, ensure you head there! Off-sales won't have you waiting at the brewery bar this time around. Secondly, we've got all-American BBQ and Smokehouse food trader, Redneck Smokehouse, to come on down and serve up delicious hot meals that you can enjoy hand-in-hand with our beers. Vegetarians and vegans, rest assured, we've taken care that there will be options for you too.


And if all that news is not sweet music to your ears, here's our fantastic draught line-up:



A collaboration with Bexar County Brewery that has flown out from the brewery. A treat of a low ABV beer with the right amount of lemon tartness and fruitiness, met with subtle sweet biscuit malt notes and creamy lactose.

This is a inspiring yet classic Pilsner style which strikes a balance between Czech hops and German Pislner malt and yeast. An easy-drinking yet satisfying kind of lager for an easy and satisfying kinda Sunday. 

A luxurious stout with plenty of cacao and freshly roasted coffee flavours. Robust in taste, as is expected from a stout but smooth and subtly creamy because of the addition oats to the grain-bill.


An interesting fruit IPA, originally made with the team from BrewDog Shepherds Bush but re-brewed because of its popularity. Made with chokeberries that give juicy but tart flavours, which we've complimented with tropical fruit notes of lovely Mosaic hops. 


A Heaven Hill barrel aged version of our latest Holy Hoppin' Hell DIPA. This beer is big, bold and beautiful when it comes to aroma, flavour and bitterness. The vanilla and marshmallow notes from the barrel complements the slightly chewier malt-bill of this style of beer. We've got it reigning our taps as the heavyweight for Sunday's line-up.



Check out the event page and see you then!

A Very Happy New Year


It's the very first day of 2016 and we can't help but be excited for what this year will bring nor can we hesitate to reflect on the year just gone. 2015 has been jam-packed, exciting, prosperous and important for us. 


Photo by Matt Curtis
We've grown in more ways than one. For starters, we installed 2 new 20 barrel fermenters, we then installed new Hot and Cold Liquor Tanks and we've massively upped our production. We've also built up our ever-growing team and are currently a happy, beery family of 8 going onto 9. We had welcomed Jonny as a new lead-brewer, who offered insight, some change, new recipes and also afforded time for headbrewer Bryan to make changes to the brewhouse and its management. Due to unfortunate circumstances concerning Jonny's family, we saw him go but we then welcomed another awesome guy, Ryan. It's only been a couple of months, but you can bet on seeing some cool new beers from him soon. 


Photo by Matt Curtis

With our growth, we've put more beer out. As a result we've battled with our hop contracts but even then we made a positive out of a tricky situation. Gregg has written a great blog about it all and you will get more of his musings about the "Spreadsheet Ninja side of Brewing" this year. Even though he's not often brewing, Gregg continues to develop some of our recipes. Both him and Bryan are carefully considering our beer range and have re-defined what is "core". We laid "Hit the Lights" to rest to make room for new and more "Weird Beard" brews over the year, which we felt we've definitely achieved.


2015 saw us also develop our skills through the many collaborations we did. Collabs, when done well, are both fun and constructive for everyone involved and here's a list of the fine folk we've had the pleasure to work with last year:

Photo of The Frog Is Fired from IMBC

Aside from brewers, we've also worked with a few other great people, including:

Photo of Karkli Beer Pairing at IMBC
  • Hayley from Pig & Hay, who cooked with our beers to make super tasty speciality Scotch Eggs and Sausage Rolls for our AGM and Meet the Brewer event at BrewDog Camden. 
  • The team at BrewDog Shepherds Bush to make a beer for BrewDog's annuary Collabfest; we brewed "Safe Word". 
  • The Duke's Head Highgate and Matt Curtis for specifically developing and brewing "Duke of Dank" together for a "Cask Is Important" event they hosted.  
  • Chris Walker and Josh Smith are two guys we will never fail to appreciate as they are the maestros behind our branding. Of course we're biased but there is truth in the fact that our labels ROCK!


Over the past year we've held and partaken in some really awesome events in and outside London. We've also jetted about the globe to Copenhagen, Athens, Tuscany, Barcelona, Antwerp and Orlando. From tutored tastings, tap-takeovers, meet the brewers, live brews, beer festivals and open days, we really have satisfied our social calendars. We are pretty proud that our open days continue to be well attended and enjoyed, so we'll have more of the same this year for sure. To safeguard against missing out on what we will be getting up to, keep an eye on our blog and Facebook events. We've got plenty lined up already.
Photo by Dom Hemy

Hopefully, we've been able to show and share that 2015 has been a great year for us in our beers and antics. Now we've kicked off 2016, we'd want to up the ante and make it a better year than the last. So here's to doing just that.


Cheers and Happy New Year from all of us at Weird Beard!

Winter Open Day Draft List Announced!

So here are the final announcements of the weekend's Open Day:


Sunday 13th December
12-7pm
Weird Beard Brewery

Our smashing, know no bounds, 6 draft beers line up will consist of the following:

Our super-fast-selling, deliciously juicy Cranberry Christmas Stout that boasts roasted and spicy notes from dark malts and rye. Perfect for our festive-themed brewery antics.


The latest batch of our award-winning session I.P.A, this time it's all-American hops Simcoe, Cascade and Chinook for pine and citrus hoppy goodness.

This is a new Black Pilsner inspired by the Japanese drier versions of dark lagers. Chocolate, subtly malt-loaf sweetness and roasted flavours, lifted by coconut fruitiness from Sorachi Ace and herbal hop notes from Hersbrucker.

Our flagship pale ale with tropical fruit aroma and flavours from Pacific Gem that plays with citrussy Citra (errr duh!) hops. We've got this on keg for you to pair with our Karkli Snack collab flavour: Lemon and Ginger, that'll be on sale to chomp on.

Our third collab with our friends from Northern Monk, hence the name, this is a Belgian I.P.A inspired by Houblon Chouffe. Peppery and fruit salad bowl flavours make this is a satisfyingly complex beer that is a bastardized version of a hoppy Belgian I.P.A style.

A deliciously moreish milk stout and an amped up version of our Black Perle. It is more of everything: creamier, slightly sweeter, richer and more chocolate-y. It’s a decadent beer but we suitably add more Hasbean coffee to compliment the roasted flavours of the darker malts used.


We'll be serving pretty much all day so there's plenty of time to catch some (or all) of these tasty brews on draft. Expect thirds and halves of pints as well as larger measures of the lower ABV beers and tasters of anything as always. 

Catch you at the weekend!





Winter Open Day

It was around this time last year that we had our first ever Open Day. Come to think of it, time has really flown!? A year later, we’re just as excited to announce another. 


Make sure you head on over to our West London brewery to join us in our holiday shenanigans. Here are the details:

Sunday 13th December
12-7pm


Since it's the last gathering at the brewery of 2015, we’re dead-set on making it a big one. With all the best things of previous events and plenty more offerings to add to the festive feel of Christmas, we have the following things lined up:

6 beers on Tap
Including specials like ‘Black Christmas’

Growler fill with 10% discount

A range of bottles for drinking-in & take-away


Brewery Exclusive Bombers on sale (Jim Beam B.A. Sadako & Jack’s Rye Smile)

Our collaboration snack recipe with Karkli


Christmas Specials of Pig&Hay wares


Christmas Specials of Square Root Sodas

Super cool, 'Black Christmas' t-shirts (£15)

New Branded Craft Master Glassware (£3)

See you next weekend!

September Tap Room Beer List

Head over this coming Sunday 12-7pm to our brewery where we will be happy to serve you some great beer along with great snacks, food offerings and music.


On tap we'll have:



Our bestseller, a transpacific pale ale with New Zealand Pacific Gem and American Citra hops that give tropical fruit flavours. Excitingly, we have teamed up with Karkli to create the ultimate beer-matched snack and we will be seeking feedback on our exclusive Mariana Trench pairing at this open day! 



A new variation of our Pilsner, with all-American hops: Mosaic, Amarillo and Centennial. It is a go-to beer: crisp, hoppy, quaffable and how lagers should taste.

To mark both of their birthdays, our Gregg and Pig&Porter's Sean collaborated and made this California Common. Boasting biscuit and subtle caramel sweetness, it's a darker lager style that has a fruitiness due to fermentation at ale temperatures. The American kettle-hops and Experimental 431 dry hops add more citrus notes to balance this beer.



A new release from the brewery this week! It is an India Brown Ale, brewed with Muscovado sugar and cacao nibs. Hoppy enough to bridge the chocolatey sweetness and subtle liquorice, it's a really tasty new brew.



Our 200th brew and a triple I.P.A/amped up version of Sorachi Faceplant with Apollo, Summit and Sorachi Ace hops. It's a monster of a beer and does as its name suggests, but remains juicy and deliciously drinkable.


If for any reason, those beers don't take your fancy, we'll have a fridge-full (and brewery full) of other beers for you to choose from to drink in or take away.



September 20th - our next Open Day

We're very pleased to announce it's nearly time for our next brewery taproom and open day.

Head on down for Sunday 20th September 12-7pm.

For the occasion of drinking and enjoying yourselves at our West London brewery, we've got:

4 taps of tasty beer
Limited edition, special & occasional Weird Beard brews
Drink-in or Take-away bottles
Brewery exclusive bottles on sale
Delicious, artisanal Scotch Eggs & Sausage Rolls from Pig&Hay
Tasty Snacks from Karkli
Handcrafted soft drinks by Square Root Soda
Branded T-shirts and glassware on sale
Informal brewery tours
Meet the brewers


Plus our fruit machine will be set up for playing!


We've got to add, that at this open day attendees will get a sneak preview to our beer-food  collaboration with Karkli. We're excitedly looking for feedback on our trials before the final product, so please let us know what you think!


On tap, we plan to have some exceedingly good beer, watch this space for announcements of the line-up. And let's not forget we have some stock of Jim Beam barrel-aged Sadako (imperial stout) 660ml bombers, which we sell exclusively from the brewery.


Don't miss out, see you then!

Dram & Brew Tasting Order Announced

It's not too long away before we host our beer and whisky pairing as part of all the excitement that is London Beer City. Together with Greg from Great Dramswe have expertly matched our all time favourite and special Weird Beard beers with some fantastic whiskies for this event!


The 1.5 hour tasting will kick off at Climpson and Sons Cafe, on Friday 14th August after hours at 7pm. All generous serves of beer and whisky will be offered in custom made, branded glassware and a guided tasting will be delivered by Greg of Great Drams and Natasha of Weird Beard. 

The line-up is as follows:

Welcome beer: 


Weird Beard Little Things That Kill (3.9%)
SIBA gold award-winning session I.P.A



Pairing 1: 



Four Roses Single Barrel 100% Proof (50%)
Former World's Best Non-aged Statement Bourbon
with
Weird Beard Five O'Clock Shadow (7.0%)
All-American I.P.A



Pairing 2: 




Highland Park 2001 Limited Edition (40%)
Travel Exclusive Whisky that should be on everyone's Whisky Bucket List
with
Weird Beard Fade To Black (7.0%)
Occasional brew, Black I.P.A



Pairing 3: 




Wild Turkey 81 (40.5%)
A versatile Bourbon that matches perfectly with this beer
with
Weird Beard Sorachi Face Plant (8.1%)
Limited release, Double I.P.A



Pairing 4: 




Ardbeg 10 (46%)
All-time Classic Islay Single Malt
with
Weird Beard Heaven and Hell (9.2%)
Special brew, Heaven Hill Barrel Aged Double I.P.A


All guests will receive a bottle of Jack Daniel's barrel-aged Sadako to take home with them. We will have more whisky and beer for sale for drinking in as well as beer for take-away afterwards.

More info and to book, visit here.

Dram and Brew - London Beer City Event


For those that know me, if I am not drinking beer, I am partial to a dram of whisky. So it makes perfect sense that one day I decided to treat myself to both, a little while before everyone jumped on the bandwagon of beer and a 'bump' or beer and boiler makers. Together with my fellow colleagues and beer friends, we would often be at a bar with the two drinks sat side by side, well-matched and we wouldn't have it any other way.


What's to love of this combo then? Well, both beer and whisky are made from malt; one brewed and the other distilled. Since they share a common ingredient, they can quite easily share similar flavour profiles attributed by the malt: bread-y, spicy, biscuit-y, roasted, caramel...etc. If you contemplate the other flavours used to describe beers: fruity, phenolic, floral, grassy and so on, you can appreciate similar descriptors can also be applied and are sensor-ally used for mapping the flavour profile of whisky. What all this boils down to is that there is plenty to work with when it comes to pairing the two. Then there is a whole host of history and tradition which beer and whisky share, but most important is the fact that they are both (awesome) social lubricants.


With this being the basis of why I love the two together, I thought for London Beer City to share the enjoyment of beer and whisky with others. Pairing up with Greg from Great Drams who in 2014 paid us here at Weird Beard a wonderful visit, means together we have an exciting, pulling-all-the-stops-out line up for our event. What we have to offer showcases some all-time favourite, some special and some new Weird Beard beers carefully matched with whiskies. We've got a mix of Bourbon and Scotch Malt whiskies for our selection of beers, which range from IPA to stouts to certainly satisfy all palates. Our set of beer and whisk(e)y pairings have been expertly curated and we trust our guided tasting of these two beverages will be a fantastic sensorial experience. After the 1.5 hour tasting, there will be the opportunity to purchase more whisk(e)y or beer for drinking in as well as sales of beer for take-away.


Details:

Friday 14th August

7.00pm-9.30pm

After hours at Climpson and Sons Cafe

Price includes welcome beer & set of a whisky-beer pairings 

Limited to 30 spaces, so please book early to avoid disappointment

Brook Green Market and Kitchen - Saturday 18th July

This coming Saturday, we'll be at Brook Green Market from 10am-3pm as part of their Craft Beer Fest, which they're hosting this month and invite you to come along! More details can be found here.



Situated in west London, the market is more than a place selling FARMA certified products. Alongside there interactive demonstrations and produce sales there will be bottles of our beer for you to purchase throughout the day for drinking on site or takeaway. That's not what this market is simply offering this weekend though....Team Weird Beard will be there so you can meet brewer and co-founder Gregg. He will also be giving free tutored tastings of our beers: Mariana Trench and Black Perle, the latter having recently won 2 silver awards at the recent SIBA regional beer competitions. On top of these guided tastings, there will be carefully curated and matched, beer and food pairings offered by the market's streetfood vendors. And if that's not enough, we shall be holding beer talks ad hoc by our Cicerone certified beer server, Natasha, so that you can really get to know a bit more about beer.

We're expecting the market to be a great and innovative way for both the west London food and craft beer scene to come together and you'll surely walk away knowing more about us, beer, our products and our industry.

Hope to see you there!


A reluctant farewell.

This wasn't really the subject I wanted my first blog to be about but after just four short months I will be leaving Weird Beard.

My Dad was diagnosed with cancer last year and after multiple surgeries and treatment it's still on the move. At this point I'm faced with the very difficult but also very simple decision to leave London to be with my family.


Bryan and Gregg have been very supportive, including letting me use the blog to announce this news. My other request was to let you all know about my job here as lead brewer and what's been going on since I arrived.

Starting in the brewhouse we've made adjustments to yeast and fermentation to get the beers tasting cleaner. Upgrade works have taken place on the mash tun and we've installed a new CLT and HLT to help make double brew days run quicker and smoother.

Production has increased as we've found more ways to improve efficiency. Regular QC during the conditioning stage has helped us to get the beer into your hands tasting the best it possibly can.

Packaging was pretty military but we've managed to push it a bit more, we're on the cusp of automation which is very exciting. This has all led to Gregg and Natasha having to sell a lot more beer (although you guys seem to have obliged!)

Work has just been completed on our cold room for packaged beer and the automated labelling machine is running like never before (thanks to some great technical minds in our team).


Natasha is working hard to make sure we appear at as many of the best beer events at home and abroad, she also posts some nice informative stuff on social media to keep you all up to date with the length of Bryan's beard, how many cups of tea I've drank and some behind the scenes brewing shenanigans. Not to mention our more regularly occurring open days, trust me when I say she's definitely made it worth the trip out west to see us!

We've put together a production schedule to make sure we meet the demands of our customers, honing the core range and making sure we don't run out of Sorachi Ace or Citra...

I'm proud of the work we've done over the last couple of months, I'm genuinely working on some of the best beers I've ever brewed at the moment. The next batch of Little Things That Kill is my baby (we offer hop choices around the staff for each batch). I chose Simcoe, Cascade and Willamette. It's in the conditioning room under lock and key as Bryan can't seem to stop drinking it, that's a fair compliment. Our 200th brew is also close to being unleashed, a triple IPA loaded with Sorachi, Summit and Apollo hops!

What I'm trying to get at is there's a really great job just about to open up and I'm urging somebody to take it. The four months I've been here have been a transitional period for Bryan and Gregg as they see their home-brewing days slip further into the distance. The team they've got around them are helping them to cement their place on the map as one of London's most exciting breweries, producing more beer every week it seems.

I had plans for the coming months, most notably moving to force carbonation in keg and introducing wet yeast. We've also talked about doing a Berliner Weisse and Gregg's wild yeast barrels are producing some truly exciting results (watch that space).

If you're an experienced brewer with a lot of ideas and ambition you'll do well to take on this role. I'm sad to leave it but feel lucky to have been a part of it at this most exciting of times.


I'm going to get settled in with the family but I'm sure it won't be long before I'm doing something in beer. Not quite the right time to start a brewery but I do have some interesting ideas forming. If you've got the patience keep up to date with me on Twitter ;) and I'll see some of you over the coming months as I try to keep myself up to date with the beer scene.

I'll sign off by saying a big thank you to Bryan, Gregg and everyone at Weird Beard for supporting me and I'll miss you guys a lot!

Cheers,

Jonny.

July Open Day Beer Line Up

It's just over a week away until the main event. We’re onto our 4th open day now so maybe you’d think it's less exciting but think again! We've got a fantastic beer line up for the day, so much so, we’re writing a blog about it.

The beers we will most definitely have on are listed below, although if a keg kicks we have more of the same and/or a whole brewery of choice so you won’t be left thirsty or unsatisfied.

Come rain or shine, you'll want to be drinking:

Little Things that Kill - Summit, Sorachi Ace and Apollo


(Informally a.k.a. "Sorachi Facepunch")
A session pale with such immense bubblegum and sherbet flavour from the hops, it's like liquid Lemon Refreshers.


Faceless Spreadsheet Ninja


Our Citra Pilsner is a go-to beer; crisp, hoppy, quaffable and how lagers should taste.


Something Something Dark Side


An innovative beer that is a mish-mash between a double I.P.A and an imperial stout: big, bold hoppiness matched with big, bold roasted malt character.

Upside to a Down Day


Another novel beer style and one-off brew: a breakfast black I.P.A as we like to call it. This is a coffee milk stout brewed with choice hops, hence the ingenious style.


Exclusive keg of Barrel Aged Blue Habit with blueberries

We’ve aged Blue Habit, a blueberry juice saison brewed in collaboration with Northern Monk, in a Bourbon whisky barrel with blueberries and...WAIT FOR IT....sour mix yeast.
This is a seriously special batch of beer and tastes as exquisite as it sounds.


660ml Bomber Brewery Exclusive: Jim Beam Barrel Aged Sadako


Our flagship imperial stout, a beautiful beer in her own right, has been barrel aged for 6 months for all those delicious whisky flavours to supplement the beer. Simply divine in 660ml bombers perfect for sharing and only sold from the brewery!

We will also have a range of our core, occasional and special beers in bottle to drink in or take-away. And that’s just the beer folks! Without a doubt, we’ve called upon Pig & Hay again for their tasty, handmade, sausage rolls and scotch eggs, including a vegetarian option. We’ve been lucky enough to encourage Craig of WeEat to provide us with his more-ish beer snacks. They’re not your run-of-the-mill nuts, the Cluster F*cks are phenomenal and our Natasha has been wishing to get her hands on since IMBC 2014. Other delights include Square Root Soda soft drinks and our cheery beery selves to serve you all day long.


July Brewery Open Day


The time has come round again for another brewery open day. Come enjoy the beers we make in the very place we brew them! Details: Sunday 5th July 12-7pm. It's a pretty straightforward equation for a super enjoyable first Sunday of the month:

Good Beer + Good People = Good Times

 


 

Each and every occasion we've been trying to make our open days better. We continue to be surprised at how many people come way out west to where we are based. Because you're making that effort, we're putting more effort into our events here at the brewery. The huge success of our last one means we are coming up with more and more to offer. Besides, it's our brewery and our rules so we can do whatever the firkin we want for us all to have a great time.






Here's a little low down of what to expect:

Drink in/take-away bottled beer
4 beers continuously on draught throughout the day
Limited edition 5th beer on tap
Special & occasional brews readily available
Brewery exclusive, Jim Beam B.A. Sadako 660ml bombers on sale
Delicious wares from Pig & Hay
Exclusive beersnacks from We Eat

The best soft drinks in town by Square Root Soda
Meet the Weird Beard brewers and team
Informal brewery tours
Merchandise including t-shirts & glassware on sale



Join the event here. Hope to see you then!

May-Time Open Day & Brewery Tap Room


There won't ever be a time when we are not excited to open up the brewery and invite people to the place where we're most at home. If anything, serving our beers, having them drunk and enjoyed amongst the vessels they are made is most satisfying. So we are extending our every-other-month Open Days into May!



Details:
Sunday 10th May 
12pm-7pm

We will have beer across 4 taps and bottles on sale for drinking-in. As with previous brewery events, we will do off-sales with take-out discount and growler fills. We've also packaged some sexy 660ml bombers of Jim Beam barrel-aged Sadako that will be exclusively sold from the brewery then. 


Current draft beers confirmed for the day include:
The latest batch of Little Thinks That Kill (no. 12)
Faceless Spreadsheet Ninja
Our collab brew with Brodie's "WEIRD BROdMANCE"



Food-wise, we will have the yummy wares from Pig&Hay including veggie options. And let's not forget Natasha's Home-made Beer Truffles!



Merchandise including our branded, stemmed glassware and t-shirts will be on sale throughout the day. Brewers Bryan, Gregg and our new lead brewer, Jonny, will be around to give tours & chat with you about all things beery. Hopefully see you there!


Watch this space for updates on the event.

Bottle Shop Pop-Up 7th February

Yes, it's that time again for us to announce our Bottle Shop Pop-Up Bar is back on the 7th February. However this is the last of our monthly popups there. Before you get too upset,  we will be returning every other month and will be back in April and so on...




On that note, make sure you come down to this event because you won't be seeing us next month and we're making sure we're bringing our A* game to make up for our absence. Not only that but we're bringing our celebrations for the 2nd anniversary of our first ever brew to the Bottle Shop! The super special beers we will be serving are to be announced shortly here. Keep your eyes peeled for other updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Bryan's back for this popup which means our awesome Weird Beard Fruit Machine will be there to play. He'll be joined by Natasha on our bar upstairs where we will have 4 of our beers on draft. Bottle Shop Ben has also requested Natasha's beer truffles and since we cant keep her out of the kitchen when she's not in the brewery, they will be there. The rest of the Bottle Shop team will be serving other beer on draft and in bottle and cans downstairs, so you won't be out of tasty choices. Trust us, there is so much good stuff to drink...always. 

We will have merchandise on sale, which includes our t-shirts at £15 and our branded, stemmed glassware at £3. Another piece of useful info, is that we now accept card payments.

See you at the party!



Bottle Shop Pop-Up 3rd January

It may be a new year but we're still promising you our first Saturday of the month pop up bar at the Bottle Shop this coming weekend. Please don't be making any resolutions that'll stop you from a) having great beer and b) having beer-baked carrot cake. Yes you heard us right, THERE WILL BE CAKE!


This time around, Gregg and Natasha will be seeing to your beery needs upstairs. As always, there's plenty of beer by yours truly on our bar as well as the Bottle Shop team's downstairs. We will be serving K*ntish Town Beard, Sorachi Faceplant and the ludicrously tasty, The Hanging Bat collaboration brew: Rye Smile.

Read more about the tap-list from our "what's on the bar?" blog.


We will also have some t-shirts for sale at £15 and limited stock of our beautifully branded glassware at £3. The holidays may be coming to an end but we sure don't want you feeling blue about it.


Looking forward to seeing you there!

Winter Open Days Round-Up


10 days ago, we officially opened the doors of our brewery, inviting people to come see the Weird Beard setup and drink our beers on the grounds where they are made. This had been long overdue since we've been based in Hanwell from the start, almost 2 years running. At the same time, the idea of getting people to venture here, off the beaten track of Craft Beer in London, seemed like a stretch. With Christmas around the corner and an otherwise uneventful weekend in the diary, we decided to do it and boy are we glad we did!


On the Friday, Gregg rigged up the shutter to the Boston Business Park warehouse where we've hidden ourselves and on the dot of opening friends, beer geeks and beer enthusiasts poured into the brewery. On the Sunday we expected a quieter affair; instead the brewery was full to the brim with locals, CAMRA members and tradespeople, as well as a similarly wonderful crowd to the previous day. Bryan, the brewer in that night, and the rest of our team were relentless in efforts to keep the beer pouring for those who eagerly and repeatedly queued into the road outside. Seriously though, thank you for bearing with us if you did. We're still amazed at the turn out and flattered by the feedback and reviews for both Friday and Sunday. Indeed, we've been asked when are our next Open Days and we promise they'll be a regular fixture in the new year.


If you missed out on it all: the beers (bottle, draft or truffle form), chatting with the brewers, seeing our newly expanded kit and partaking in the fun pay more attention here next time! At least we have some snaps (some ours and some from attendees) for you that capture the vibe of the events. Sadly these photos do not capture, if we can say so ourselves, the epic punk or rock'n'roll playlists we had on and the magnanimous enjoyment shared. Particularly with more locals stopping down on the Sunday, we deemed the event a success in community-building. We also managed to raise over £200 in Charity Pours and donations for Alice's Youth Music Memorial Fund. For who anyone remotely knows us, we value music as much as we value great beer. Knowing our Open Days and brewery's taproom debut could contribute to a project that brings music to young people, is an added perk to what was an amazing time.


Many thanks to all those who helped spread the word, those who trekked over to us, came and drank, came and danced and to everyone who added to the fun. Here's to very happy holidays!