The Cotswold Brew Co.
Cotswold Brew Co is one of the oldest lager microbreweries in the UK and the first, unsurprisingly, in the Cotswolds.
A Little Quirky
We have always been a bit quirky (some might even say eccentric) so it was only natural that when we set up a brewery back in 2005 it too would be a bit different! We decided to embrace our uniqueness and brew lager at a time when all the other microbreweries were brewing ale. You might call us trendsetters but you wouldn’t if you met us!
Rick already had over 10 years brewing experience and a brewing degree under his belt, coupled with many years of practical tasting, when he came to a fork in the road of this career path. Upon completion of an MBA at Oxford Brookes University he was faced with the decision of what to do next….a grown up career, perhaps in the city? Management for a larger brewery or beverage company? Or, what about setting up his own microbrewery and working really crazy hours, even at weekends, for the next five years at least but loving every minute?! And so, whilst most men have a garden shed to retreat to, Rick went one further, found a Cotswold Stone barn and filled it with a brewery. Over the years said barn has been replaced by a large agricultural shed (with 10 acres of paddock), filled with even more kit from across the globe and a growing number of staff.
As one of the first lager microbreweries in the UK our mission was to try and change the nation’s perception of this humble, often misrepresented brew. We were so dedicated to the cause that we concentrated on kegs, something unheard of all those years ago when all the other microbreweries were filling casks with ale. We brew lager the way that German and Belgian breweries have been doing for centuries, using only four ingredients (water, hops, malted barley and yeast) although we sprinkle in a little wheat for the Wheat Beer. We don’t chuck in any awful additives, pesky preservatives or even pasteurise our beer, as they ruin its great flavour. This means that our beer should be kept chilled and consumed quickly (this is referring to the timing of consumption rather than the speed of drinking!)
Gin and Vodka
This dedication to great drinks extends even to Gin and Vodka. Back in 2010 Emma began the quest to develop a gin and vodka that would represent the Cotswold heritage and ‘The Spirit Of The Cotswolds’ was born.
And so here we are today, the longest surviving lager microbrewery under the same ownership. We’re 100% independent and family owned, so just like our beers we’re additive and preservative free. The range may be larger but the ethos is the same – to make great beer and enjoy ourselves doing it. ‘Proper beer’ surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside on God‘s green earth. What’s not to love?
Tours run most weekends and occasional week days and are by prior booking only.
To book a place, find out more information or inquire about other dates please contact us.
COTSWOLD BREW CO.
College Farm, Stow Road, Bourton on the Water, GL54 2HN
01451 824 488 www.cotswoldbrew.com