You love our one-off experimental brews and so do we. From these we develop and grow our brewing skills and keep things lively.
We’ve created over 50 thus far and they have demanded a variety of techniques and featured a whole host of different ingredients including: hops sourced from England, Eastern Europe, USA, Australia and New Zealand; dehusked malts from Europe, spelt and rye; yeast strains from England, Norway, Belgian and USA; locally roasted coffee and locally produced honey; allotment grown rhubarb and pumpkin; garden grown and feral fresh hops; fruits and elderflowers; as well as the occasional sprinkling of spices and some barrel ageing and sniffing.
Using water from an ancient source at the Chedworth Roman Villa we have a created a unique ale called Beerus Britannicus for the National Trust. It is a substantial 4.8% deep-bodied red ale with a malty backbone and aromatic mosaic hops and would keep up the spirits of any Roman soldier. BB is only available in bottles from the NT Villa shop and from us at the Brewery and our Markets.
We have created the occasional celebratory brew too, including a number of tasty Festival Ales for the Phoenix Festival; M.A.D. 500 for The Marlborough Arms to mark the 500 beers they pulled through their pumps in their first full year; Tenth X to celebrate Decimal’s 10th anniversary; Abbey 900 Ale as part of the Abbey 900 Festival; and Luna Hops (on the horizon) to celebrate Cirencester’s brewing heritage as part of the Cotswold Hare Festival…and there were and will be many more!
Roman Fact: In AD 110 a soldier on Hadrian’s Wall earned just over 13 assess* a day – enough to buy 325 pints of beer!
*An ass was a large copper Roman coin worth 1/16 of a Denarius