Leading Sussex-based brewer Bedlam, will be throwing open its doors to the public this summer, offering brewery tour packages from their scenic home in the heart of the South Downs National Park.
Led by Bedlam’s head brewer, Fabio Israel, the new brewery tours will offer craft beer-lovers an insight into how different styles of beer are made. From the locally sourced raw materials through to the maturation, bottling and kegging processes, every stage in the creation of their exceptional product will be covered. Guests will also have the chance to try Bedlam’s full range of brews as part of the package in a complimentary keepsake beer glass as well as being able to purchase beer on the day at a discount.
The Albourne-based brewery commands enviable views across rolling green hills and pretty farmland. One of the only breweries in the UK to boast such a stunning location, this setting has proved one of the main inspirations for the range of beers.
Mindful of their environment, Bedlam generates all of its energy via solar power, grows its own hops on-site and distributes all its spent grain for free to local farmers as cattle feed.
The brewery produces four cask-conditioned beers, a perfectly balanced IPA, a refreshing Golden Ale, a sessionable amber ale — aptly named Benchmark — and a robust and complex Porter. The brewery also launched its first kegged offering last year, in the form of a German-style Pilsner.
“When people drink a pint of Bedlam, they’re experiencing a true taste of southern England,” says Israel. “There aren’t many breweries that can boast a truly stunning countryside setting, so to be able to offer the public a chance to experience what we’re doing here is great.
Brighton has a brilliant beer offering right now, not only the variety available across the City’s pubs and bars, but also with brewers making great beer. My aim for our beers is to be style-authentic. When they’re brewed well, established styles like best bitters and pilsners are very hard to beat – and they’re beers that drinkers will return to time and time again.”
The new tours mark the next stage in the brewery’s growth, having increased their production levels by 300% over the last 12 months following deals with Metropolitan Pub Company, Indigo Leisure and Pigs Ears Beer Cellar which saw the brewery stocked in over 100 sites across London and the South-East.
Tours start at £15 per person. A 50% deposit is required to secure all tours.