Saturday, 6 February 2010

5GBP million new brewery for Badger beers

Dorset brewer Hall & Woodhouse is to invest 5GBP million in a new 21st century brewery at its existing site in Blandford St Mary. The new plant will be dedicated to brewing its range of cask and bottled Badger beers.
The beers will continue to use high-quality ingredients, including Dorset spring water that has been naturally filtered for up to a century through the Cretaceous chalk downs and drawn from the brewery's own wells. Work on the new brewery will start in October this year.
Brewery vice-chairman Mark Woodhouse said: "Hall & Woodhouse has been brewing Badger ales for more than 225 years and this excitingt development ensures we will be doing so for many more generations to come. I believe an investment of this magnitude also demonstrates our commitment to brewing and the growth of our premium bottled and cask ales."

3 Comments:

Blogger Paul Bailey said...

Have H&W said what is going to happen to the current brewery? I did hear a rumour some time ago that there was a plan to convert the old/curren brewery buildings into appartments. I suppose doing this would help off-set the costs of building a new brewery. Some interesting times lie ahead down in Blandford.

6 February 2010 at 21:38  
Blogger Roger Protz said...

No -- the brewery hasn't mentioned the old brewery and while it gives a start time for building work doesn't give a completion date. I'll try to get more information. But this is good news in a county that lost Eldridge Pope.

7 February 2010 at 10:33  
Blogger Johnny Norfolk said...

This is what beer should be all about. I have reproduced a copy of the latest newsletter from my local Norfolk Beeston Brewery. I would urge people to search out their local brewery and support it if you like their beers.

"Hello
Sorry for the lack of news over the past few weeks but we have been without internet again!

We are very busy for the time of year & anticipate a further increase in demand as it gets warmer again. With this in mind a new tank should arrive on Friday (one to hold beer not a big gun!). This will potentially increase our brewing capacity to 3000L/week (yes that's 3 tonnes or 5000 pints!) As we are regularly short on capacity this should make things run a little smoother.

As bottle sales are also increasing we are looking at upgrading out trusty labeling machine to a faster one. It has served well but is now becoming outgrown by demand.

We now have bottle stocks of all seven of our beers. Please note that Stirling is only available from the Brewery or the Real Ale Shop at Wells. We now have three main outlets for our bottle beers. The Real Ale Shop, Wells. The General Store, Ringstead & Uncle Stuarts Brewery, Wroxham Barns. These are all worth a visit & they should have most of our beers on the shelf.

We have rationalised our minicask supply & now stock Afternoon Delight & Worth the Wait. The others are usually available to order. We currently have a limited stock of Stirling & Dry Road but be quick if you would like one.

The Dry Road is proving a huge success. As soon as it is put in casks it vanishes! Our time spent developing & perfecting the hop character of this beer has been very worthwhile. The result is a very robust but moreish India Pale Ale.

Our Facebook page is gaining fans by the day (now 142) & is a very effective way of spreading our news. Hopefully if the web keeps working we will have lots of updates on there....

We also welcome Rodney to the part time Brewery staff. He is learning quickly & doing a splendid job. We work well together & on our best day washed & filled 2000 bottles!

I have attached our latest taste notes for your interest.

Thank you for your continued support & please feel free to pass this on to anyone interested.

Cheers
Mark the brewer
Beeston Brewery
01328 700844
07768 742763"

7 February 2010 at 14:06  

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