It’s been a sensational year for the British brewing community, one which has welcomed countless new companies, heaps of new beers and greater accessibility than ever.
Here at Butcombe Brewery, we’ve had a pretty good year too. We’ve welcomed new pubs into our family, launched incredible new beers and even partnered up with Bristol Rovers! Quite simply, it’s been brilliant.
We’re excited to share with you our plans for 2019, but for now, we thought we’d take a look back through the year and share a few of our very favourite blog posts. Let’s go.
January – The Cyclops Descriptor Explained
We kicked the year off by spreading a little knowledge on how to distinguish the different characteristics of cask ale. It’s called the Cyclops Descriptor and far from the low-budget sci-fi film it sounds like, it’s a super useful tool for understanding ale.
February – The Brewing Process Explained
Ever wondered how our stunning golden ale go from hops to pint glass? Well, it sounds like you’ve never read our article explaining how the brewing process works.
March – Confit Duck Pie Recipe
British Pie Week fell in March and, frankly, we got a little overexcited. The result? We gave away our prized confit duck pie recipe. Oops!
We’d been toiling away for months on a huge project for stunning, historic Lulworth and, in April, we got to share it with all of you. We transformed Lulworth’s iconic 16th-century pub into a gorgeous, modern yet traditional Butcombe managed pub and inn, retaining its unique charms whilst making it friendly for family and dogs alike.
Consider yourself something of a beer fanatic? You’re not the only one, but do you know how to correctly store your beer? It’s a topic we dove into in an appropriately titled blog post in May.
Summer was fast approaching and all over the Butcombe Estate, we were freshening up our beer gardens for the lucky souls who got to share them with us. In this blog, we took a look at a few of our most remarkable beer gardens.
Caught cold by beer jargon? Don’t know your IBU from your ABV? Well, panic no more as we broke down the language of beer so that anyone can sound like a pro.
August – Beer Backstory: Small World
August saw the launch of a delightful summer session beer by the name of Small World. It was a huge smash across our pubs and, as far as we’re considered, was the flavour soundtrack to what was one of the finest summers in recent memory.
September – 40 Facts for 40 Years of Butcombe
In September we celebrated our fortieth birthday by doing what any freshly-turned 40-year old would do; we announced a huge new deal with local icons Bristol Rovers and revealed 40 amazing facts about our company. Standard.
October – Dog-Friendly Pubs on the Butcombe Estate
At Butcombe, we’ve always believed that Mans Best Friend deserves a trip to the pub as much as the rest of us, and so, we ensure that as many of our pubs as possible are dog-friendly. It’s also why we listed every single dog-friendly pub in our stable in this super-useful blog post.
November – Vegan Sausage Rolls Recipe
November was World Vegan Month and we set out to celebrate the season we served up two delicious, exclusive vegan sausage roll recipes that paired beautifully with our ales. Yum!
December – Beer Backstory: Chrismoose
To celebrate Christmas we launched Chrismoose, our limited-edition festive beer, brewed with plenty of festive cheer – and all the other stuff beer is made of. If you’ve not had chance to try it yet, it’s like Christmas in glass! You might still get lucky and find it out and about before Christmas becomes a distant memory.
So that’s it for 2018. Let’s see what 2019 brings! Cheers all!!