2013 marks the 35th anniversary of Butcombe Brewery and we intend to make it our most exciting and dynamic yet. We owe a debt to the people of Somerset for their loyalty and the love they show us and our beers and we intend to do even more this year, through our close association with Visit Somerset and in our day-to-day service, to highlight the fantastic county where we make our home and that contains 14 of our 19 pubs.
John Turner and the Visit Somerset team are doing a fantastic job of pushing Somerset to the forefront of English tourism and with projects such as Glastonbury: Isle of Light on the horizon, 2013 has the potential to be a breakthrough year for Somerset.
It also marks the 10th anniversary of Guy and Becky Newell’s tenure at Butcombe – having bought the Brewery and 6 freehold Pubs from founders Simon and Maureen Whitmore in 2003 – and it feels like great timing that Butcombe Bitter has recently overtaken Sharp’s Doombar as our region’s most consumed pint, with Tribute in 3rd place!
2013 sees the creation of 2 new Butcombe beers: Great Grey Owl & Silver Fern.
Great Grey Owl is an American-style Pale Ale at 3.6%, using hops from The Sierra Nevada in Western U.S.A, where the Great Grey is a rare breed. The beer tastes how the pump clip looks: devastating!
Silver Fern is an exciting, robust, New Zealand-hopped Bitter at 4.5%.
Rare Breed had a sensational reception last year – so much so that it has now become our third permanent beer – and we hope to emulate it twice in 2013 as we are thrilled to have brewed what we think are two more fantastic beers. We are delighted to be introducing a pair of beers that will provide our customers with completely different drinking experiences to any current Butcombe beer. It helps that they’re both beautiful. We hope you agree. You only have until June to wait.
Our new seasonal calendar in full:
2013 brings a very exciting craft keg beer into our hands as we have bagged the distribution rights in the South West to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Sierra Nevada is at the forefront of the American Craft Beer movement and, without doubt, their Pale Ale is one of the biggest success stories in beer in the last 30 years and one of our favourite international ales.
2013 will see the launch of Butcombe Bytes, our new quarterly e-newsletter with versions for both drinkers and landlords, that will be emailed directly to all subscribers 4 times a year and will feature 4 pages of insights, news, ideas, competitions, giveaways, pub profiles, general silliness, opinion and much more. A ‘Subscribe to Butcombe Bytes’ button will appear at the top of the Butcombe website later this month so keep checking back.
One of a series of epic photos posted on our Facebook page, where we encourage Butcombe fans to take snaps of themselves in the most far-flung/iconic/eye-catching locations with a Butcombe bar-towel, t-shirt or the like!Butcombe bar-towel, t-shirt or the like!
2012 saw us put huge efforts into the news page on our website with dozens of stories written on events, beers, pubs and all aspects of Brewery life.
We also expanded our already buzzing communities on our Twitter and Facebook accounts to keep fans in touch with Butcombe. In 2013, we want to continue and expand all this and go even further in helping Butcombe drinkers find more information and news about us, our pubs and our events, to be able to find it more easily and to do so in the format they prefer.
To this end, early 2013 will see the launch of the Butcombe Brewery smart phone app, featuring unique content and a news feed taken direct from our website, as well as all the information you could wish for on our beers, pubs and events. We will announce the launch of the app on our website, Facebook & Twitter; launch is scheduled for February/March.
2013 also means more chances for Butcombe fans to get our fantastic beers out of our West Country direct trading area. As well as our online shop, which enables you to order beer to be delivered to your door nationwide (http://www.butcombe.com/online_shop/shop_online.php), we have teamed up with the following brewers / wholesale companies who will be distributing Butcombe to pubs in the following areas:
2013 will see Butcombe Brewery at its dynamic, innovative, customer-centric, service-led best. We are committed to brewing the best beers, providing the best service to both licensees and consumers and spreading the word about Butcombe further and wider, but never to lose any of the integrity and focus around our core business in the West Country, the area that houses our greatest and most loyal supporters and most discerning fans.
A fridge full of Butcombe minitins (9 pints) and bottles at our brewery shop in Wrington: all available from our online Brewery Shop.
We invite you to join us on what promises to be an epic journey through 2013: start ‘Cooking with Butcombe’, with a new book featuring fantastic recipes with Butcombe beer; take a brewery tour online as Butcombe Brewery gets the Google Street View treatment, and so much more besides that we don’t have space to go into.
From all of us at the Brewery, keep drinking the Butcombe!
Tom Newell Beer fanatic and Butcombe Brewery employee. 'Butcombe Brewery enjoys a magical geographic location based in the village of Wrington, 10 miles south of Bristol, nestling on the edge of the Mendip Hills and the Chew Valley Lakes.
Our little corner of North Somerset is a veritable Food and Drink Mecca, with neighbours Thatchers (Cider), Yeo Valley (Yoghurt) and Lye Cross Farm (Organic Cheese), complementing the one and only Butcombe Brewery.
Even in these austere times, we are investing heavily in the future. In 2012 we invested in two new measures that save time and guarantee absolute, minutely exact consistency in the water that starts every Butcombe brew. Water is the single greatest variable in the pursuit of perfectly consistent beer and our continued investment ensures a market-leading consistency in our beer, of which we are very proud. Our new Butcombe Brewery (completed in 2005) remains to this day the largest new build brewery in the UK for the last 40 years! Here’s a promise: we will never make a business decision that negatively impacts upon the quality of our beer or our ability to deliver great service to landlords and punters (we are proud to be one of the few regional breweries not to switch away from the epic and absolutely essential Maris Otter malt in favour of cheaper alternatives this year and we promise we never will!).
We have 14 pubs in beautiful Somerset (click here to see them: http://www.butcombe.com/pubs_rob_hb.shtml )and we are proud to be working so closely with Visit Somerset to support and promote Somerset and to put God's own County front and centre of the Tourist Map.....about time too!
So here’s to 2013: a big year for Somerset, a big year for beer and a huge year for Butcombe. Thanks for reading and, as always, keep drinking the Butcombe!