Meeting the friendly brewers of Surrey – what a nice bunch

Meeting the friendly brewers of Surrey – what a nice bunch

Early start today, meeting Jim from the Little Beer Corp ( at The Barn Café, Newlands Corner at 9am. Only problem is it’s closed. Cuppa in the countryside centre at Newlands then. We pulled up the kiddies chairs and talked beer and what makes a good event. Loads of ideas (thanks Jim) some for the Dorking Beer Festival, some to be saved for a later date, but importantly we’ll have a cask of Little Snug at the Beer Festival. First one confirmed – 23 more to choose!

Next stop Surrey Hills ( so I snuck round the back of Denbies and climbed the stairs to Ross’s office, high above the fermenters. Not sure what was bubbling away today, but it smelt good. They left Old Scotland Farm in Shere in 2011 (now home to Tillingbourne Brewery) and continue to brew award-winning beer such as Shere Drop next to the vines on the slopes of Ranmore. Having a think about Albury Ruby and Gilt Complex for the Beer Festival, Collusion won’t be ready unfortunately, decisions, decisions…

Chris at Ascot Ales is having a well-deserved break so will catch up with him in April, in the meantime Dorking and Pilgrim breweries are on the list for next week.

The Hogs Back Brewery ( is next on my list – great that Paul & Nick are both delighted to hear about the Dorking Beer Festival ( and pleased to support it. Lots of beery decisions make from here and of course Hazy Hog cider. Really hoping the weather will be good so the BBQ will be busy and cider and perry selection will be appreciated.

Had a chat with Gurd at The Cricketers, Dorking, too to plan the Surrey Craft Beer Scalextric Grand Prix. Great idea – he’s got the track, just a few bits and cars to sort out. In honour of David & Chrissy Taraszek (Crondall Brewery) who are staying so strong given David’s poor health at the moment, all money from the Grand Prix will go directly to The Brain Tumour Charity.

Off to sample a few Tillingbourne beers now – I may be some time…