West Berkshire CAMRA will host its first Meet the Brewer event on Zoom on 8 April 2021 at 7.30pm. Richard Marshall will talk about Hermitage brewery and has suggested three beers to drink during the event. There will be opportunities for questions and answers about the brewery, brewing and the beers.
This free event is open to all but please reserve your place in advance with an email to Mike Avery – firstname.lastname@example.org who will reply (within a few days) with the Zoom meeting information necessary for joining online. As numbers will be limited please apply early and save the date.
Richard Marshall (Hermitage Brewery) writes:
I’ve long had an professional interest in fermented foods having been a research scientist studying cheese production. Project funding was cut in 1992 and so I moved into academia, teaching food science. I’d been brewing ales for my own enjoyment for many years so when I was made redundant, again, in 2012, friends persuaded me that I could go commercial. It took about a year to set up the brewery, which is at the back of our house in Hermitage. The first beer produced was Grimsbury Castle, named after the Iron Age hillfort that is just a few hundred metres away. Since then, the range of ales has expanded so that now there are 7 that we produced fairly regularly and another 5 or so that are produced seasonally.
Beers to be tasted in ‘Meet the Brewer’:
ABV 4.8% OG 1044
Along with the pale malt there’s a touch of wheat malt. Lightly hopped with Challenger and East Kent Goldings hops. As with most ‘blonde’ ales it is slightly cloudy, which comes from the wheat malt. Light gold in colour and easy drinking.
ABV 5.0% OG 1046
Made with our favourite Maris Otter pale malt from Warminster. Then First Gold and Northdown hops are added in the copper. Dry-hopped with East Kent Goldings for 5 days which gives lovely citrus notes. The name comes from a local hamlet where there was once a well and a Roman villa. Lodestone Mild
ABV 4% OG 1043
Chocolate and crystal malts give the depth of malt flavour and colour along with our favourite Maris Otter pale malt from Warminster Maltings, which balances out the hops. The hops used are First Gold and Fuggles, the classic English hop.
Richard writes: I can now confirm that the following outlets will have all the beers that we’ll be tasting in the Meet the Brewer event for my brewery. They are: The Inn at Home, Hermitage PO and Stores, the Pangbourne Cheese Shop. There are others but they won’t always have the full range. If people wish to pre-order, they can do this through me (email@example.com) but must collect from Hermitage PO and pay there. Richard also advises that the cost for the 3 bottles from Hermitage PO and Stores would be £7.50.
Inn at Home, Newbury, offers free delivery for orders over £30 https://www.innathome.co.uk/ Opening hours: Sunday 11.00am – 4.00pm, Monday – Closed, Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm. Phone: 01635 48945
Hermitage brewery on Facebook: www.facebook.com/hermitagebrewery
Zoom help centre: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697-Getting-Started