We’re excited to welcome first-timers Quantock Brewery all the way from Somerset to the Great British Beer Festival as part of our brewery bar line-up! Find out more about the Quantock’s origins and get to know them below:
How about you start by telling us about Quantock, who you are and what your role(s) at the brewery are?
Quantock is an 8barrel Brewery set up in December 2007 by Rob Rainey (The Boss) & Cheryl Ford (The Real Boss) in Wellington Somerset. It was after years of brewing on his own homemade brew kit that Rob, with the backing of Cheryl, decided to take the plunge and open their own brewery. Rob’s philosophy was to brew the highest quality beers using the best natural ingredients. We source the best quality natural ingredients from across the world to produce our range of beers. In June 2015, due to continuing demand, Quantock Brewery stepped up to a larger facility in Bishops Lydeard, Somerset, alongside the southern terminus of the West Somerset Railway. The new site allowed us not only to produce more beer but in August 2015 to open our brewery shop and in May 2016 we also opened our taproom to the public. This means anyone can try our beers before they buy, and it allows us to hold events of all sizes. I’m James the Brewhouse/Production Manager for Quantock Brewery, I joined Quantock as an apprentice in August 2010 and have grown into the role of overseeing and organising all areas of production, dispatch & most importantly quality control. Cheers!
Can you describe Quantock in three words?
Ambitious, Reliable, Quality.
What are your personal favourite styles of beer?
That’s a tricky one because as a collective we love all different styles of beer, from heavily hopped pale ales to kettle fruited sours, from traditional stouts to imperial stouts, and best bitters to NEIPA’s. We love ‘em all for both consuming and brewing.
Which of your beers is the biggest fan favourite/most popular?
Our best seller is by far our QPA: a 4% heavily hopped American pale ale, originally brewed as a ‘one off’. QPA got such an amazing response from both our taproom clientele and publicans we had to make it a permanent fixture in our core range. It’s now gone on to win many awards both regionally in the South West and nationally with SIBA.
Which of your beers would you recommend to a first-timer at your bar?
100% QPA – as previously mentioned it’s our most popular beer & now one of our most decorated, so for me, it’s the best place to start when introducing someone new to our awesome little brewery.
Best beer snack?
Beef Jerky. Why? Because what more do you need? A great pint and beef, sounds perfect does it not?
If you could get one music artist/celebrity to represent your brewery, who would best fit your business and ethos?
We think the most relevant artist to represent our brewery would be David Bowie, as he had to keep reinventing himself to keep his product relevant & we feel that is the same for us both as a brewery and as a business.
If you could make a beer using any flavours, and guarantee that it be delicious, which flavours would you love to use?
Hopes and Dreams baby! Haha, I think an honest answer to this would be not so much an ingredient, but a technique. Barrel Ageing is something we’re all keen to try our hand at soon.
What are you looking forward to at the Great British Beer Festival this summer?
Well, this is actually our first time exhibiting at the GBBF so that in itself is really exciting. Brewing is a very social industry to be in, so being here and being able to converse and sample with brewers alike is always great fun.
What makes the Great British Beer Festival special, and what has motivated you to come this year?
The GBBF culminates some of the best breweries from the UK and further afield and that was a draw for us. Also being one of, if not the most decorated breweries in Somerset it’s only fitting we should start to showcase our beers on this massive stage that is the GBBF!
What exciting things does Quantock have coming up?
We’ve always got lots going on in our taproom, notably our comedy night on the 22nd June then our Summer beer fest which is two days of beer, music and street food on the 26th and 27th July.
Taste their Somerset beers at the Great British Beer Festival – get your tickets today.