Hidden away in an engine shed at Dorking West station there is something exciting going on… Dorking Brewery (http://www.dorkingbrewery.com/) is brewing today and it’s a smoky number. Looking forward to trying it already. Graham showed me round and introduced me to the other lucky guys with such tough jobs (hope they get rewarded with a few pints at the end of the day…) and impressed me the pubs and hotels that he supplies given such a small operation. The Dorking Beer Festival is the perfect time for their wheat beer so we’ll definitely be including that and expect the smoking red ale brewing today to make an appearance too.
Over to Reigate now and shocked to see poor Dave Roberts with his arm in a sling and juggling (not literally) staffing problems and running the brewery. A broken collarbone is the problem, caused by falling down a nasty pub cellar – he saved the cask he tells me. Still in remarkably good spirits and very happy to spend time talking about the history of the Pilgrim Brewery (http://www.pilgrim.co.uk/) (started 1982) and take me through the different beers they brew. We’ll certainly look at the Quench/Quest beers and the ‘Alia’ series (interesting artwork on those pump clips!) – final choice will be made when all breweries have been contacted.
Dave told some interesting facts about the differences between men and women’s palates – looking that up for a future blog post.
Watch this space…