Year Two at Good Chemistry Brewing!
Tomorrow we celebrate two years since we got the keys to the big old warehouse we now lovingly call GCHQ. It’s been an incredible adventure so far, and we’re really looking forward to partying at the brewery with lots of friends, family, customers, suppliers and colleagues. We’re so enjoying being part of the beer and brewing community in Bristol and want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support so far – thanks for being part of our story!
We thought now would be a good time to reflect on what we’ve been up to in the last year, and mention a few things we have coming up. Our blog has taken a bit of a backseat because we’ve been so busy, so here’s a little run-down of where we are at the moment.
The first place to start is our beers! For winter we launched new beers, including Becoming North, Wild Forest and our first Christmas beer Advent Horizon. We were really pleased with these, and had great feedback on them. Bringing Big Bang back (for the last time; more to come on that) was pretty cool – it was the first beer we ever brewed back in November 2015, and based on the first beer Bob ever home-brewed, so we love that everyone else loved it too!
When summer arrived we decided to continue brewing Wild Forest, our wheat beer spiced with two types of pepper. It’s been hugely popular, both in bottle, out on draught and here in our taproom. Bob’s love of the saison has been well-represented this summer, with Field Work and our modern hopped version Business Casual making a return. We also recently brewed a small batch sour saison, which has been split four ways on fruit – these will be on at the taproom as well as a select number of venues across Bristol and beyond. Just six months ago, in March, we launched Natural Selection – it feels like a staple already. And, of course, every time we brewed Kokomo Weekend it just flew out! We love this beer, and are so pleased its tropical fruity hoppiness has been embraced so whole-heartedly by you lot!
We did collaborations with Bison Beer from Brighton in September (after their epic bike ride here we brewed Ryed With Us); Chris Williams from No12 Easton and 25A Old Market in September (for his exclusive Numbers Game pale); The Gallimaufry on Gloucester Road in April (In Our Nature on cask); and Holy Roar Records in May (6.66% American stout, launched with a gig at Crofters Rights and at Ghost Whale in Brixton).
In the last year we’ve also been busy with events. We’ve been hosted by great pubs for tap takeovers at BrewDog in Cardiff last November; the Greenbank in Easton in February (where we launched our sunshine IPA Kokomo Weekend); the fabulous City Arms