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A Word From the Brewer – Rob @ Blackheath

Brewers always have one eye on the future, and especially in the run up to summer. June to September is usually the most sustained busy period of the year for pubs and breweries, and with the Euro football tournament coming up I know I’ll be taking a couple of mini kegs home – if only to ease the inevitable heartbreak!

Because we give our beers 4 to 12 weeks of cold conditioning to mature to perfection (4-6 weeks for ales, 6 weeks + for Pilsners), I’ve been brewing overtime over the last couple of weeks getting ready for busy weekends 2-3 months from now. The brewery’s in tip top condition too, after its annual maintenance recently. Hopefully that all means I’ll be able to put my feet up when the sun does come out- I’ve definitely got plans for BBQs and a few Saturday afternoons with a beer in hand on Zerodegrees’ patio overlooking Blackheath!

Just today we’ve been finalising plans for our special release beers for the rest of the year. I’m not going to spoil the surprise, but I can promise we’ve got some great ideas on the way! First up we’ve got a Vienna Lager on tap from next week, which should be the perfect beer for sunny afternoons- it’s crisp and drinkable but packs a richer, more biscuit-like maltiness than our Pilsner. After that, some of the guys behind the bar have been trying to persuade me to bring back our 7Cs Session IPA which was really popular last year. Watch this space! And if you’ve got any suggestions yourself I’d love to hear them: just ask for me at the bar or pop a message to the facebook or twitter accounts.

Looking into the future there are some really great things happening across all the Zerodegrees sites. I’m really excited that we’re in the process of installing cold storage and beer-lines for kegs across all sites, which will soon let us in Blackheath showcase some of the beer being brewed by the awesome Brewmasters in Reading, Bristol and Cardiff. This should let us keep a really diverse range of beers on tap all the time and think it’ll make us even more of a great destination beer bar. I can’t wait!

Let’s hope it’s a great summer for the weather as well as the beer. If it is I hope I’ll see you on that patio sometime soon!