• Heather

Updated: Apr 11


Yay! We managed to get through one hell of a winter and things are starting to get exciting.


I've asked Bristol's independent breweries to share their beery news with us so you can get on with planning what delicious locally brewed beers to enjoy, and where to get them at source.

Have a read of this blog to see what everyone is up to!



Bear with me.....



Just before I share all their news, here's some wonderful news of my own about the tour I created during lockdown.....:


It's a matter of days until loads of the wonderful independent pubs along the route of my Old City Audio Tour are open!


Have you taken my (Bristol Hoppers) fun audio tour yet?


Whether you've been in Bristol for five minutes or five decades, my audio tour is bound to interest you with some fun facts about the city that you didn't know.

As you weave through the oldest parts of Bristol at your own pace, I'll tell you some interesting history snippets of the things that you pass, show you some brilliant street art and, most importantly, point out fabulous independent places to enjoy a delicious Bristol brewed craft beer.

Take the tour on a day and time that suits you, all you need is some charge in your phone and a set of headphones.

It uses a very clever app, using your location to trigger the audio that will tell you about your surroundings. This means that you can walk at any speed you like and stop for a drink or a bite to eat without missing out on anything.


For the price of a pint, it's the perfect way to get an hour's exercise alone while being entertained, or spend several hours taking it with a friend, stopping along the way.

Buy your audio tour here: https://www.bristolhoppers.co.uk/audio-tour




Now the news from the Bristol Breweries........




Arbor


"Our can bar will be open for takeaways over the Easter weekend!


Thursday April 1st 5-8pm

Good Friday 1-4pm

Saturday 3rd 1-4pm



And we’ve just agreed a really exciting collab with the team at Breaking Bread which will be launching in time for their reopening on April 15th. Watch out for further announcements...."




Bristol Beer Factory


"Arnolfini Harbourside Bar is reopening (fingers crossed!) on the 12th April. We will have fresh Bristol Beer Factory pouring, cocktails, coffees and burgers to keep you going in the heart of Bristol. Come rain or shine you’ll be able to enjoy the panoramic harbour views with our new stretch tent. We will operating with a QR app ordering system and table service in accordance with government guidelines 😃

Take away service also available!

Our Taproom will have limited outside table space from Tuesday 13th again using QR codes and full table service."



Dawkins


Tap Room news:-

"We are looking to re-open our Tap Room doors on Friday 16th April and will be open every Fri 4-8pm & Sat 2-8pm, from this point. We will be offering a small number of tables outside, that can be booked in advance. Each table booking are for 2hr blocks. We are also holding a couple of tables for anyone not wanting to book. To book a table, please email the brewery on beers@dawkinsales.com or call 0117 955 9503. Our Tap Room has 8 kegs lines & we will have 3 different fresh cask beers, rotating. Fresh beer, straight from our taps. Please see our Tap Room Facebook page for further information, click here.

New beer launching for April:-

4.2% Abv Butterscotch Red Ale A Glowing, smooth, malt-driven beer. Multiple malt blend, for a unique red tinted beer, with select hops to give a nutty, butterscotch, easy drinking beer.


Crowdfunder news:- Dawkins Bristol Beers want to thank everyone that has bought a reward, during our crowdfunder that we ran in February - March. Without all of you and our other loyal and amazing customers we would not be here now, Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We managed to raise just over our £50,000 target and were overwhelmed by the response, especially in the first four days. Click here for a little clip of our founder, thanking you directly. We are looking forward to the coming months and welcoming everyone back into the Tap Room, #BristolHoppers tours, as well as getting our beer into all of your favourite pubs and beer gardens and the possibility of events, like #EastBristolBreweryTrail, the future is surely looking a lot brighter. "



Good Chemistry


"Hello everyone! Long time no speak but we’re really excited to be writing a new update for Hoppers’ newsletter.


So much has happened since September, and yet of course so little. But we’re looking forward to packaging beer into keg and cask again and getting that out to pubs soon.


In the meantime we’ve a whopping NINE beers available in can at the moment, including our brand new Spring spiced Witbier AMPLIFY HOPE and IPA DANCE TODAY.

All our beers are available on our webshop (click here to access), along with t-shirts, sweatshirts and, launching the day restrictions are relaxed and you can finally meet five mates for beers in the park, our awesome new 100% recycled cool bags! So be a picnic hero and bring chilled beers to the party, barbie or picnic!



We’re also re-opening our can shops, both at GCHQ in St Philips and The Good Measure in Redland, where you’ll be able to stock up on all our cans, get our new brews first, and pick up your cool bag to take them away in. We can’t wait to see you again.


Keep an eye on our social media for opening hours and latest news.


Until pubs re-open on 12th April we’re also running an initiative called ‘Help Us Help Pubs’. Every time you buy a case of cans from our webshop we’ll give you a 10% discount and the opportunity to nominate a pub of your choice. And, every time you nominate a pub, we’ll bank them credit for our beer when they’re finally allowed to re-open. We want to let them know their customers (that’s you guys!) are ready and waiting to show them the love they deserve. We hope it’ll give pubs a bit of a boost knowing you’ve got their backs. For full details, check out our blogpost by clicking here

Hopefully in Hoppers’ May newsletter we’ll have the full details of our re-openings for drinking in, which we look forward to sharing with you.


And if you want to be in our gang for weekly updates, where we share exclusive stuff like the playlists for our beers and behind-the-scenes gossip, get on board here: https://mailchi.mp/e53524b1320c/subscribe


Thanks as ever for your continued support. Small businesses, especially those connected to the hospitality industry, are not out of the woods yet, so please keep shopping locally and supporting the independents. And we’ll see you for a pint or three soon!


Cheers,

Kelly & Bob, and all at Good Chemistry Brewing and The Good Measure"




Left Handed Giant


LHG Taproom opening from Friday 16th April!


"We have installed a brand new canopy outside and there will be 10 covered tables available for bookings of 2 - 6 people, plus plenty more tables outside for walk-ups too! We will have patio heaters to keep you comfortable but recommend dressing for the unpredictable weather.


Friday 5pm - 10pm

Saturday 2pm - 6pm & 6.30pm - 10.30pm

Sunday 2pm - 6pm

Click here to book your table for the brewery taproom (St Phillips)


Both Small Bar and the LHG Brewpub are opening on 12th April for outdoor seating and takeaway. No table bookings, just come along and grab a table."


Monday - Thursday 4 pm - Late

Friday - Sunday 12 pm - Late




Lost and Grounded


"H E L L O 2021 💫

Here we are, marching onward with positivity and adaptability as we see the road map open before us. Our focus is on pushing to shinier days while doing what we do best, brewing beautiful unique beer. Firstly, we want to let you know how grateful we are for your support through the last year - we literally could not have done it without you, so thank you from all of us here at the brewery.


We were fortunate enough to keep our entire team employed through the pandemic so far through a combination of hard work, flexibility and determination, with a dose of govt support of course.


Back in February we launched a new core range beer to our line-up which has been met with a wonderful warm welcome - a beautiful Unfiltered Helles - at 4.4% it’s very soft and light with floral and bready notes. We hope you can pick up a can and enjoy one in the sun with pals soon! Delicious!

Another exciting titbit is that 500ml bottles of both Helles and Keller Pils have started being rolled out to great beer shops so keep an eye out.

We have also just released our annual collaboration beer brewed with Burnt Mill - a double hit of West Coast joy with Big Thaw IPA and Great Thaw DIPA. £5 from each case of 24 x 440ml cans will go to Bristol charity Caring in Bristol.

Both these beers are absolutely cracking and it’s a fantastic feeling to make great beer with friends and help our local community at the same time.


Shop:

Our online shop is still open at lostandgroundedstore.co.uk

•Free Local Same day Delivery

•Nationwide Delivery

•Beautiful Beer

•NHS 20% discount


Taproom :

Our taproom is synonymous with fantastic events over the year and we hope this year won’t be any different. We will be guided by government advice and rulings and always ensure all safety guidelines are adhered to.

The taproom is open for Friday and Saturday bookings from 16th April! Click here to book a table. There’s nothing quite like a fresh beer from the source! Yum!


Lots of exciting plans afoot at HQ this year and we look forward to welcoming you along for the ride.

Thank you again for supporting Independent Breweries and businesses. We can’t wait to see y’all again! First beers on us! 🍺


Stay Safe, Be Kind

Team Lost And Grounded xx"

🦛♥️🌏




Moor


"On the news front, we have 2 Limited Edition beers coming out this month. The first is Spirit Lifter, a 4.6% Kellerbier (which is actually available now). The second is Lacerated Sky, a 6% Blood Orange IPA.


We’ve got a fun new series of beers we will be releasing early Q2, and hopefully pubs will be reopened by then as there is a cask theme to what we’re doing! More info on that nearer the time…


On the other end of the spectrum, our lagers are getting fantastic recognition and continuing to become ever more popular. They have always been naturally conditioned with live yeast and left unfined and unfiltered in the true German naturtrub keller way that won my heart when I moved to Germany in 1993. To add to their authenticity we have just installed new horizontal lagering tanks and are really excited to get those filled!


Also - we will be opening Fridays and Saturday from the 16th with Elmer DJing on Friday afternoons. Hours will be 12pm-8pm initially both days." Click here to book your table.




New Bristol Brewery


"New beers for spring! We have 3 exciting new recipes releasing this month....


Our brand new Double Dry Hop IPA 7% is out next week and tasting super juicy.


We have also been playing around with our Japan recipe and have a new version in can of our beautifully delicate Green Tea & Jasmine IPA called Japanology 4.8%.


Plus we’re start to feel the summer vibes and will be releasing a Tropical Fruit Salad IPA 5.3% to get us in the sunshine mood.


The taproom will reopen in May, but in the meantime the can bar is open for collection and you can still have beers delivered to your door.


Bristol based, husband & wife team brewing our favourite type of beers. Big thanks for all the amazing support and love."



Tapestry


"We can’t wait to welcome you back to our taproom from Monday 12th April! ⁠

With 7 draught lines, 8 cans and a range of guest beers, we’ve got bases covered for all tastes.⁠

⁠We will also be hosting our friends over at @aurora.kusina who will be cooking fresh Filipino street food right outside, on opening day - giving away FREE lumpia *Filipino spring rolls, until they're all out. Then they'll be here every Friday & Saturday!⁠


Contact 07483106988 or taproom@tapestrybrewery.com to arrange a booking, please specify which date, how many people per group (up to 6), and what time. All (10) tables will be seated outside, under cover, rain or shine. ⁠

A holding deposit of £10 will be taken per person which will be redeemed on the day.⁠


We advise to pre-book, but will try to accommodate walk-ins if there’s availability.⁠

Opening Hours for first week:⁠

⁠Monday - Thursday 4-9⁠

⁠Friday/Saturday 12-9⁠

⁠Can't wait to see you all again!"




Wild Beer


Wild Beer at Wapping Wharf -

"We're getting things ready for a wild return on the 12th April!

Our patio will be open from noon and we'll be operating a walk up only policy. No bookings for now, just walk up! Maximum of 6 in a group.

All guests will now need to sign in using track and trace so please take a moment to grab the app or update it so you're ready to enjoy some pints when you arrive.

We'll be serving drinks and snacks only Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th as our kitchen makes a triumphant return on Wednesday 14th.

From 19th April we'll be open Thursday – Sunday for both drinks and food on the patio.

We can't wait to welcome you back, stay safe and we hope to see you soon!

Team WB x"



Other April Openings


I will keep this blog updated as and when more news comes i, so do be sure to check it again.

I understand that Fierce & Noble and the new kid on the block, Newtown Park are hoping to open their brewery tap room yards in April, but awaiting confirmation.


For a list of that have confirmed they are opening this month, see Visit Bristol's

blog Bristol restaurants, pubs and bars with outdoor seating


In the meantime, don't forget to order your home deliveries from a Bristol brewery or from one of the many brilliant independent craft beer shops in Bristol.


Thanks for reading! Happy Easter!

  • Heather

Updated: Sep 4, 2020


I am delighted to announce that, as well as lots of new beers coming out, having my own exciting news to tell and other news from the breweries themselves, there's a selection of fabulous real life events this month for you all!!!!






September Events (Yay!)



4th (today) until 6th September - Tiny Beer Bash (Fierce & Noble)


On the run up to Bristol Craft Beer Festival we thought it would be fun to order in some of our friends beers.

It's a non ticketed event and will be hosted with the best possible safety precautions in place. No need to book.


We will have beers from Vibrant Forest Brewery, ADBrewing , Ridgeside Brewing Co & Pomona Island Brew Co

We will have food being served up from Danny's Burgers / Bristol Drum Smokers


Tonight until 10pm, Saturday 12-10pm and Sunday 12-6pm.



11th - 13th September - Bristol Craft Beer Festival


The Bristol festival that craft beer lovers look forward to each year is taking place at the Lloyds Amphitheatre again, and is fast approaching, with just one week to go!


Greg Wells, founder of Bristol Craft Beer Festival says "Bristol is a tremendous beer and food city, we have amazing producers right on our doorstep - the 2020 Bristol Craft Beer Festival will be in honour of them. While the festival obviously won’t be exactly the same as previous years, we want to safely raise a glass in support of this awesome city."


Click here to see the cracking brewery and line-up, from Bristol and the rest of the world, which brilliant local food stalls will be there, safety information and tickets.


Saturday sessions have now sold out, but there are still tickets for Friday 11th and Sunday 13th if you're quick!




11th and 12th September - Moor brewery tap room


"We’re super excited to open our tap room for the weekend of Bristol Craft Beer Festival - if you are attending BCBF, we’re offering 10% off your first round with a valid ticket.

We’re open 12pm-10pm on the Friday and the Saturday, with 1.5 hour bookable slots. We will welcome walk-ins but due to current guidelines we would recommend booking. You can book a table at moorbeer.co.uk/taps "

To celebrate it being on draft for the first time, there's also a free can of Distortion for you if you book your table before Sunday 6th ). Read all about Distortion in the brewery news section below.



19th September - Double Brewery Special (my own Bristol Hoppers guided tour)


I can't quite believe that I'm going to be taking a tour again in a few weeks! So exciting!


Dawkins and Fierce and Noble have come up with a solution for us to safely have a super afternoon out!

In each of their lovely brewery tap rooms we'll enjoy a selection of their own delicious beers, in a variety of styles. You can see the brew kits in each venue, and we'll have a tour to learn how beer is made.


There's about a fifteen minute walk between the breweries, so you will have individual goodie bags with snacks and beer based treats to keep you busy on the walk.

As part of the ticket, I'm also including a download of my brand new audio tour (see later in the newsletter), which is packed with interesting facts about Bristol.


You are already on my website! Please click on Guided Tours at the top of the screen for tickets. Numbers are extremely limited, and the majority of tickets are reserved for those with existing gift vouchers.




Monday Nights - The Good Measure online Pub Quiz. 8pm

Our weekly pub quiz continues on Instagram live (@thegood_measure) every Monday now back at the original time of 8pm.

Featuring a picture round posted on Instagram, a general knowledge round, a music round and a specialist round chosen by last week’s losing team, get your quiz head on for Martyn going slightly barmy talking to himself in an empty pub!

We are now open for drinking in AND take-away!

Wed-Sun (W, T, F 4-10, Sat & Sun 1-10), so head to Redland for delicious draught beer from Good Chemistry and other great breweries, fancy bottles in the fridge and bar snacks of course (for what is a pub with no crisps, nuts and Twiglets). We’re so looking forward to welcoming you back, check our social media for the latest news – cheers!🍻



26th September - Zwanze Day (Moor brewery tap room)


Zwanze - joke, kid, sort of sarcastic - a word in Brussels dialect that Cantillon use for their one off joke beer every year. They’re just fooling around.


Zwanze Day though in all seriousness is a chance to try an unusual one-off take on the historic Lambic beer style. Normally celebrated around the world and “cheersed” at the same time, this year, due to obvious reasons, Zwanze is only happening in Europe and in different circumstances.


We are doing 5 bookable sessions throughout the day for an hour and a half a session. The ticket includes entry, a pour of the Zwanze beer & access to pre-ordering some incredible Cantillon bottles. Book your table here




My own (Bristol Hoppers) very exciting news



Yay! My Old City Audio Tour is ready!

It's taken me over two months and I'm really pleased with it. Check it out!


Whether you've been in Bristol for five minutes or five decades, my new audio tour is bound to interest you with some facts about the city that you didn't know.

As you weave through the oldest parts of Bristol at your own pace, I'll tell you some history snippets of the things that you pass as well as point out fabulous independent places to eat and drink and see some brilliant street art.

When you buy my tour, I'll send you a code so that you can download it in advance using your wifi at home. Take the tour at a time that suits you, all you need is some charge in your phone and a set of headphones.

It uses a very clever app, using your location to trigger the audio that will tell you about your surroundings. This means that you can walk at any speed you like and even stop for a drink or a bite to eat.


For the price of a pint, it's the perfect way to get an hour's exercise alone while being entertained, or spend several hours taking it with a friend, stopping along the way.

Buy your audio tour here: https://www.bristolhoppers.co.uk/audio-tour





Brewery News



Dawkins


"Dawkins Ales are super happy to announce they now have their Tap Room open on Saturdays from 2pm - 6pm with a view to reopening for normal hours/days from October (watch this space).

We have reduced our tables down and provide table service, with contact-less payment, to provide our customers with a safe yet authentic brewery, Tap Room, experience. For more information or to make a booking, please email us at beers@dawkinsales.com or ring us during office hours on 0117 955 9503, booking is not essential, but advised. 

We are looking at having some live music and pizza down at the Tap Room, at least once a month from October...

Being September we are aiming to be brewing our East Bristol Hop Association beer, "Easton Promise" this month. Our collaboration of hop growers in Bristol with us, producing a fresh green hop, beer with grassy hop notes. Being launched to customers for Cask Ale Week 24th Sept - 4th Oct. On Tap in our Tap Room the weekend before...possibly.

We are still offering a home delivery service, with various beery competitions, which can be checked out here www.dawkinsales.com. Fresh beer right to your door, from our taps in our Easton brewery. 


Last but by no means least, we have won gold medal for our beer "East Bristol Session Porter" at the SIBA digital beer awards.

Best dark beer below 4.6% abv in the whole of the south west....


We are very happy about this and have it on Tap at our Tap.."




Fierce & Noble


"Our Taproom has been a huge success since re-opening and we're so grateful, so much so we will be updating hours. The updated hours are as follows: Fridays 3 - 10 Saturdays 12 - 10 Sundays 2 - 6

You do not need to book a table to join us for beers. We are following all GOV guidelines and monitoring the situation very closely.

And...


Growlers are back!

We now have a brand NEW mixed 6 pack! Check the link https://fierceandnoblebrewery.myshopify.com/collections/all





Good Chemistry


"Hello autumn!

After a number of setbacks our new canning equipment arrives the week of 14th Sept. We have some great beers raring to get into those 440ml tins and out to you, so keep an eye on our social media and website for all the details, webshop info and local (and national) stockists – and here’s a sneaky peek picture to tickle your tastebuds till then!

As we head into autumn, we’re excited to get going on some lovely cold-weather brews – the best time of year when it comes to beer! Look out for the return of some faves (including our award-winning Extra Special plus a VERY old favourite! 😉) and some brand new recipes.


One important thing that affects all the breweries Heather writes about and works with:

The govt announced recently a review into the way Small Brewers Duty Relief is applied, the upshot of which means small breweries will end up paying more tax.


We’ve a blogpost about it here: https://goodchemistrybrewing.co.uk/2020/08/14/sbdr/).

If you can spare a moment to check it out and sign the relevant petitions, and even write to your MP, it might mean all your favourite breweries are still here in a few years time.


(artwork by Jayde Perkin)


Thanks as ever for your continued support.


Remember, small businesses still need you to shop local, buy small, and support the independents. This tough year is not going anywhere just yet, so don’t give up on us!


Cheers,

Kelly & Bob, and all at Good Chemistry Brewing and The Good Measure"




Left Handed Giant


"We’re very almost there with the brewery move! All things going to plan we should be brewing on our shiny new kit in unit 3 this week. There's been a fair amount of work in progress these past few months and an intense few weeks navigating the move whilst keeping production at the level we need to keep our customers with beer and the taps flowing at the Brewpub. Once we’re fully in we’ll release some nice photos of our new set up plus a timelapse of the install. We’ll soon be reopening our new look taproom at the brewery."


We have 2 fresh beers for you this week:


WAVE MACHINE

6.5% Hazy Rye IPA

Simcoe Cryo, Citra Cryo, Nelson Sauvin

For this one we've switched up the malt bill - Rye was introduced taking the place of Carapils whilst also reducing the Extra Pale malt to give that real golden glow.

An herbaceous and bright aroma with notes of fresh spiced orange and marmalade hit you upfront with the golden visual delight of this Rye IPA. A pleasant citrus crispness and a touch of peppercorns on the finish are complimented by a silky smooth mouthfeel.


WEST COAST PILS

5.0% Dry Hopped Pilsner

Mosaic Cryo, Mosaic, Citra

A crisp pilsner with just the right zing of hop flavour from two trusty steeds. Mosaic gives a hint of blueberry with citrus notes of Citra to back it up.


Brewpub (Finzel's Reach) opening hours:

Mon-Thurs / 5pm-Midnight (pizza 5-9pm)

Fri-Sun / Midday-Midnight (pizza 12pm-10pm, but closed 3-5pm Fridays)





Lost and Grounded


Open for takeaway 3 - 6.30pm Fridays and 2-5pm Saturdays, stocked with all your favourite beers including fresh as mini kegs of our lush Keller Pils.