THE NEW BRISTOL BEER FACTORY VISITOR CENTRE!The brewery shop and taproom is now open selling all bottled beers, gift packs, t-shirts and other nice things.
Opening hours 12:00 through to 19:00 Monday to Friday and 10:00 to 17:00 on Saturdays. Come down and take a peak...
291 North Street, Bedminster BS3 1JP (next to Marks Bread)
NEW BOTTLE LABELS!!!!!!!
After many months of deliberating, designing, playing with poster paints, discussing and designing some more we are now finally ready to launch our new range of bottle labels.
We are very proud of the new designs, thanks to Miller Design for taking us from adolescence into the world of grown up.
The new labels will be released into the trade brand by brand as we make more beer and can attach these little beauties to new stock. Watch this space to find out which is the latest brand to receive a makeover and be released into a shop or bar near you.
In celebration of our new styled bottle lables we are having a little fun competition each time we release a brand. The first person to send in a photo of that brand in the place they bought it to firstname.lastname@example.org will win a case of that brand.
As only Ultimate Stout is currently out in the trade, the first person to get a photo to us of an Ultimate Stout bottle with the new label will win a case delivered to their door....lucky you!!
America is great! If it wasn't for America we wouldn't have such great things as: freedom fries, Donald Trump, the supersize size and sub-prime mortgages but most importantly we wouldn't have such amazingly good beer. America revolutionised beer drinking and in honour of this we will be serving a deluge of insanley good examples of the stuff on keg, bottles and cans. Not only this but our menu will go decidedly stateside.
The party is going to kick off on Saturday 9th July with music from Ben "Jammin" Franklin but the beers and the food will be going on throughout the week.
Watch the Facebook event page for updates....
SIBA SOUTH WEST BEER FESTIVAL 2016
Milk Stout gets Gold and Independence gets Bronze at Tuckers Maltings 2016.
Once again Milk Stout does the business at the annual SIBA South West Tuckers Maltings Festival winning Gold in the bottled stout category.
This is the 7th year that we have been in the top 3 since 2007 - some achievement by any standards.
Independence won Bronze in its category for cask which again shows that it is such solid product in cask and bottle (it won bronze in bottle 2015 at the same event). Just wait till you have tried it in keg!!!
BARLEY MOW WINS RUNNER UP BRISTOL CAMRA PUB OF THE YEAR!
‘This is fantastic news and a very well deserved award for the wonderful team at The Mow. Tim, Maz, Jimmy and the rest of the staff have worked their socks off over the past year to create an absolute gem of a pub. The mix of fantastic local, national and international beers, great wholesome food and exceptional customer service has worked brilliantly. It is the pub you would want at the end of your road!’
Simon Bartlett, Director
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015!
Are you tired of the ever heightened expectations of New Years? Irritated by the pressure to have the 'Biggest Night of The Year' which inevitably ends up being bitterly disappointing and is made all the worse by the pain of the worlds worst hangover? Are you getting too old to be drinking 2-4-1 cocktails in some heaving club playing terrible music by artists you've never heard of or wish to hear again, far too loud? And I bet you dread the long stumble home through town at some ungodly hour, slipping over vomit strewn pavements and tripping over half conscious teens who really haven't learned their limits. I bet you long for a nice open fire and decent conversation, well kept beer at a price that hasn't been inflated simply because the date is about to change. A cosy pub with endless character where everybody knows your name?*
Well look no further! The Barley Mow have got you covered. Our staff have been picking out some of thier favourite beers of the year, which we will be pouring from cask, keg and bottle throughout the evening. We're all looking to have a natter with nice people who can't bare the idea of yet another disappointing New Years DJ. We will just being playing music we all want to hear, drinking beers we all want to drink, and taking it easy until 12.30. Why not trade in the chaos of town for a pint and a chat by our open fire. Pick a board game and take a pew. We're ringing in the New Year the way we want to.
*Disclaimer: We won't necessarily know your name, but introduce yourself and then you're in!
REINHEITSGEBOT - BARLEY MOW 26th SEPT
Oberschenkel Slapping, Wurst Essen und gutes Bier trinken. Alle an der deutschen Reinheitsgebot Bier-Festival an diesem Samstag.
Copy and paste into google translate.......if you're not fluent! (What a great word Oberschenkel is - and did you know you all have 2 of them!)
You can even get your hands on our 'The Mow' Dunkelweizen, a 4% dark wheat beer brewed in collaboration with the Barley Mow especially for the event.
Check out the Facebook event page for more details.
It's INDEPENDENCE DAY at the Barley Mow!!
4th July 2015For the Second year in a row we present the very best (we can find) of all things AMUUURCAN!
With stomach busting food from our talented chefs and face melting blues from our favorite local band:
'JONNY.P.MILLS & THE FACTORY WORKERS'
And obviously some awesome beer from these great breweries!
See the Barley Mow Facebook event page for all the details.
26th JUNE @ THE TOBACCO FACTORY
The Tobacco Factory hosts their very own launch of Bristol Beer Factory's new range of T-shirts.
Get your hands on yours at the Tobacco Factory on 26th June (& get a free bottle of beer when you do!) or buy one from the BBF online shop & we'll deliver it to you absolutely free!
For more information on the even, go to the Tobacco Factory's Facebook event page.
Bristol Beer Factory's new Summer '15 collection of t-shirts on a catwalk none of us will ever forget (no matter how hard we try)!
Proudly supporting It's In The Bag & helping to raise awareness of testicular cancer in the South West, the event raised a whopping £1785 for this great cause. So, to everyone who donated & took part, from the merrymakers, to the staff at Steak of the Art, to our glorious models, THANK YOU.
Behold, the photographic evidence!
Beer styles in the UK today
Saturday 13th @ 16:45
Leigh Norwood, owner of Cheltenham’s national award winning beer and cider specialist Favourite Beers is passionate about beer and would like to share that passion with you. In this talk you will be introduced to just a few of the fantastic styles of beer that are currently being brewed in the UK today.
These will be illustrated with bottled beer tasters from a brewery that is at the forefront of the current UK beer revolution – Bristol Beer Factory. As well as exploring the taste elements of each beer style, Leigh will also provide informative historical backgrounds and a range of suggestions for the food and beer matchings’ to which these versatile beer styles lend themselves.
This presentation is sponsored by Bristol Beer Factory, an innovative small brewery who have been brewing in the heart of Bristol at the old Ashton Gate brewery site since 2004.
As well as having been one of the key organisers of the Cheltenham beer festival for the past ten years, Leigh is a also member of the guild of British Beer Writers, a judge at the International Beer Challenge and an active member of the local Cheltenham Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) branch.
IT'S IN THE BAG - OUR CHARITY OF THE YEAR
We kicked off our relationship with 'It's In The Bag' in great style this week with a Bristol Beer Factory team represented at their Ten Pin Balling event. Although no prizes won we had a great time!
We are proud to support 'It's In The Bag' as our charity this year & hope to raise awareness of this great organisation.
"I am overwhelmed that the Bristol Beer Factory have decided to support It's in the Bag this year and we look forward to working with them, especially the forthcoming T shirt launch and Factoberfest in September. It was great to see a team at our Bowling Fundraiser, not sure about the scores but all looked like they had a great time."
Sue Brand, It's In The Bag
WINTER BEER FESTIVAL - 6th & 7th FEBRUARY 2015
The Grain Barge’s annual winter beer festival is back, in association with Bristol Beer Factory, with a splendid array of warming craft beers to help you get through the long cold winter months.
This year’s festival is twice the size of previous years, with 25 craft keg and cask beers to enjoy from some of the country’s most innovative breweries. The action will be spread throughout the boat, with the cosy Hold Bar home to keg beers, live music stage and DJs, whilst on the main deck, with its fabulous views of the harbour, there'll be cask beers and DJs as well as the usual offering from the well stocked bar.
Please see the Grain Barge Facebook event page for more details.
BREWERY OPEN DAY - 29th NOVEMBER 2014
What an open day it was. A massive thanks to all that came down and helped create such a great atmosphere - some people who need to be mentioned by name - Marks Bread for supplying the bread and amazing Milk Stout cake - Rag Morris for doing 2 stints of Morris dancing - Jonny P Mills and the Factory Workers (and Friends) for the live music. So many of you lovely people turned up that we ran out of beer by 5:30 and we estimated you drank close to 700 pints (or was that just us?). A big effort from all involved. Can't wait for next year!
WINTER BEERS LAUNCH AT THE BARLEY MOW - 19th NOVEMBER 2014
The job of a great Christmas & winter beer is to give you a beautiful warm feeling from head to toe, and we've launched three very special beers which do just that:
Wheat Wine – the latest in our UN/LIMITED range: 10%
This oak bourbon barrel aged, smooth & full bodied beer has been blended with cold brewed coffee provided by Extract Coffee Roasters & fermented with our triple strain house yeast. At 10%, it has to be savoured like a fine wine, and if it doesn't give you a very warm feeling indeed… well, there might be something wrong with you.
Rich yet highly drinkable, this year’s edition of Bristletoe is a traditional brown porter that uses rolled oats to produce a rich bodied and full flavoured beer that punches well above its modest Christmas ABV, allowing you to enjoy more!
Vintage 2014 6.6%
Similar core ingredients as previous years, but with even more specialty malts to bring further character to the full, rounded malt flavour that you’ve come to expect from this ale. As with all of our Vintage collection, we’ve included some oak character, this year from the blending into the finished beer of some UN/LIMTED bourbon barrel aged Wheat Wine.
We had a great evening launching the beers at the Barley Mow on 19 November.
Go to our Facebook page for some photos from the evening.
REINHEITSGEBOT - 20th SEPTEMBER 2014
The Barley Mow’s Reinheitsgebot was a triumph, rounding off Bristol Beer Week 2014 with some of the very finest German beers on offer. The staff needed no persuading to get their lederhosen & dirndls on, and with the Velvet Chestnuts helping to create an Oompah atmosphere, this was a mighty fine weekend of German beer engineering. There’s no question that Reinheitsgebot has arrived on the Bristol beer events calendar, and will most certainly be returning in 2015.
BRISTOL BEER WEEK - 12th-21st SEPTEMBER 2014
Bristol Beer Week gave us a fantastic 10 days of beer joy, celebrating Bristol’s place at the forefront of the UK craft beer scene - with its extraordinary range and quality of beers produced in and around the city, and the incredible number of specialist beer venues. The week culminated for us with Reinheitsgebot at the Barley Mow, with a superb weekend of German Beers. See our events page or the Barley Mow Facebook Page for more..
For more information about Bristol Beer Week, visit the Bristol Beer Week website
FACTOBERFEST - 12th-14th September 2014
What an absolute blinder!
Huge thanks go out to everyone who came down to this year’s Factoberfest & contributed to making it, in our opinion, the best one yet. To everyone who missed it - you really shouldn't. Make a note get yourself along next year, it’s without doubt one of Bristol's annual beer highlights - if we say so ourselves !
With some of the best breweries around Bristol and the UK represented, we had a fantastic range of beers, showing off some serious brewing talent & keeping us all very happy. Sam & Simon did their best to drink all the beer, needless to say they are still in recovery! (Simon says if you ever see him in Mr Wolf’s in the early hours, please send him home).
There was music aplenty, with a whole host of amazing musicians & bands who kept us entertained throughout the weekend, while the fabulous Chomp grill kept everyone’s bellies full (some more than others). The weather was near perfect - warm and sunny at times - making for some great drinking weather and a joyous atmosphere.
Sunday saw the arrival of the beers specially brewed for Bristol Beer Week which went down a storm. Our thanks to all the Bristol brewers involved - great job.
All in all, a great atmosphere and a great weekend.
BRISTOL HABOUR FESTIVAL - 19 & 20 JULY
The Barley Mow pop-up craft beer went down a storm at the Harbour Festival at the Grain Barge - much like the weather on Saturday morning! It takes more than that to dampen the festival's spirits though, and by around 3pm it was fine and dry. Sunday was a scorcher. Thanks to all you beer and music lovers who came along - we hope you had a great weekend.
The Harbour Festival is one of Bristol’s biggest events, and one of the largest free events in the UK, with around to miles of the city’s historic waterfront hosting a wealth of music, dance, circus, stalls, ships and much more.
See the festival website for more info.
10TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY
A fabulous day was had at the The Grain Barge on Saturday 31 May, celebrating 10 years of award winning beers. The Brewery Band took the crowd by storm, the Sun shone (for a while), children had their faces painted and made hats, and adults drank beer, ate top notch burgers and danced - mostly in that order. Thanks to everyone who came and celebrated with us. We're planning our next anniversary now - is 11th too soon we wonder..
At the 2014 Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) National Awards, Milk Stout won Gold in the Stouts and Porters category, so it is officially the best bottled stout in the UK.
Independence won Gold in the bitters up to 4.9%, so it is officially the best bottled beer up to 4.9% in the UK.
Independence then went on to win Gold overall, so it officially the best bottled beer in the UK.
Senior Brewer, Johnny Mills is pictured here receiving the award from sponsors Croxons.
The SIBA National Awards are the Oscars for the British brewing industry, so we’re overwhelmed to have won three gold awards.
Straight after the SIBA awards, Southville Hop won beer of the festival at the 2014 CAMRA Bristol Beer Festival.
Two of our award-winning beers, Southville Hop and Independence, have recently arrived in Western & Eastern Australia, Brazil, Singapore & Malaysia.
We're entering an exciting stage of the Bristol Beer Factory story. Our beers are already available all around the UK – in Cornwall, London, Scotland and many more locations - so exporting to overseas markets is an exciting new venture.
The British craft brewing industry is very highly respected around the world. We pride ourselves on the quality and originality of our brewing, and the awards that we’ve won over recent years are drawing attention to our beers far and wide. It makes us very happy to think that the styles and flavours of our beers are being enjoyed by people as far away as Australia - and soon in a number of other countries, including Brazil.