North Surrey Branch now has 3 micro-breweries within the branch area:
THAMES SIDE (Unit 7, Timsway, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 3JY)
Set up by CAMRA Member Andy Hayward in the autumn of 2015. In 2016 won Beer of the Festival at Ascot Racecouse BeerFest 2016 with Egyptian Goose, and Dark Beer of the Festival at Woking with Black Swan. Well done Andy.
His beers are regularly available in The George, London Stone, Two Rivers, Beehive and the nearby Riverside Club in Staines. Also the Barley Mow, Shepperton Green, the Thyme at the Tavern in Chertsey, and the Royal Marine in Lyne (and featuring in impending beer festival). The Compasses in Egham has had a few, and the Armstrong Gun occasional, as well of course the Egham USC. Also bottles on sale in the off-licence next to the Two Rivers, and Cape Wine and Food.
Further afield, The Sussex Arms and the White Swan in Twickenham are regulars, along with the Jolly Coopers and the Worlds End in Hampton, the Roebuck in Hampton Hill and the Masons Arms in Teddington. The Coronation Hall in Surbiton, and the Watchman and Woodies in New Malden have also had several deliveries, as has Staines Rugby Club in Hanworth. Updated 13-02-17 SM
HEDGEDOG (Unit 5, Stroude Farm, Virginia Water, GU25 4BY)
Following some trial brewing at a small site in Cobham, Marc and Andrew Sage moved Hedgedog Brewing to their current site in October 2014. In 2015 they won Beer of the Festival at Ascot Racecourse with Amber Ale.
DECENT BREWERY (1 Hamm Moor Lane, Addlestone, KT15 2SD)
Decent Brewery also started in late Autumn 2015 with a 10 barrel plant on the site of an old aircraft propellor factory in Addlestone. Available mainly in bottles, and brewery may be for sale if you’re interested. Any news welcome.
Last updated: Spike 13Feb17
CAMRA definition of real ale in a bottle is that it is unpasteurised and is not artificially carbonated. It is a natural live product which contains yeast for a slow secondary fermentation in the bottle. This process provides wonderful fresh flavours and a pleasant, natural effervescence. A great hoppy example of this is is St. Austell Proper Job .
There are also many beers that do not fit this description as they have been pasteurised, but still taste brilliant in my book. An example of this is Oakham Ales Scarlet Mackaw which again is very hoppy. Doesn’t comply with CAMRA guidelines, but what do you think?
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