Meet the Brewer – Richard Marshall, Hermitage Brewery (Zoom, 8 April 2021)

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 – 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 suggests: Lodestone Mild, Wellhouse IPA & Hermitage Blonde

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’:

Hermitage Blonde
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.
Wellhouse IPA
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 ( 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 Opening hours: Sunday 11.00am – 4.00pm, Monday – Closed, Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm. Phone: 01635 48945

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CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2020 launch

Warwick Heskins (Catherine Wheel), Hugh & Maryjane Macaulay (Bell, Aldworth), Ally Lucas (WBB Taproom), Andy Pinkard (CAMRA), Marie McConnon and Dave Broderick (Hungerford Club) [photo: Richard Lock]

West Berkshire Brewery Taproom and Kitchen, hosted West Berkshire CAMRA’s launch of CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2020 (GBG) on 12 September, 2019.

Branch chairman Andy Pinkard presented GBG packs to representatives of featured venues including the Taproom, Hungerford Club and the Bell Inn, Aldworth.

Copies of the Good Beer Guide can be purchased from Mike Avery ( or from the CAMRA shop.

Cheers to Beer!

A group of West Berkshire CAMRA members gathered at the Cow & Cask micropub in Newbury on Beer Day Britain (Saturday 15 June, 2019) to say Cheers to Beer!

There were a few latecomers so a further photo was taken a bit later

Thanks to Ian Batho for hosting our event. Thanks also to Caroline and Les of Two Cocks Brewery who provided a growler of 1643 Leveller for donations to the micropub’s chosen charity – Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

2019 Good Beer Guide Launch

 King Charles Tavern – Good Beer Guide 2019 launch

The opportunity to discuss beer and brewing with brewers or cider and perry making with cidermakers has benefited visitors to recent CAMRA events held in Newbury.

Local brewers Kevin Brady (Indigenous) and Richard Marshall (Hermitage) were at the King Charles Tavern for the launch of CAMRA’s 2019 Good Beer Guide (GBG) on 25 September.

Branch Chairman, Andy Pinkard, explained that West Berkshire has only 11 GBG entries despite a revival in the quality of our real ale pubs. Beer scores, recorded by CAMRA members, are a vital part of the GBG selection process. Andy said ‘Cask ale is a live product. You have to look after it. We’re here to celebrate those pubs that do the right stuff.’

In the main bar, applause greeted the publicans as Andy introduced them and presented their GBG documentation. Afterwards, Joshua Khan led a group to the smaller front bar to pose for a photo, holding the Guide.