Coming all the way to London from North Yorkshire, Rooster’s will be bringing their quality, easy-drinking and well-balanced beers to the Great British Beer Festival for the first time! Read on to find out more about them and their beers…
How about you start by telling us about Rooster’s, who you are and what your role(s) at the brewery are?
Rooster’s is an independent, family-owned brewery based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Established in 1993, the brewery was bought by Ian Fozard in 2011, with his twin brothers Tom and Oliver Fozard entrusted to run and develop the business on a day-to-day basis. With 18+ years’ experience, Oliver is Rooster’s head brewer, whilst Tom oversees the commercial side of the business. Over the past 26 years, the brewery has earned itself a reputation for the quality and consistency of its beers, especially pale ales, with gold medal award wins at festivals across the UK and on the International stage. Tom Fozard has provided the answers to the questions posed…
Can you describe Rooster’s in three words?
A modern classic.
What are your personal favourite styles of beer?
My go-to style is a West Coast IPA, but I also have a penchant for Lambic beers and always enjoy a well-brewed best bitter, pils, imperial stout and pretty much anything in between. In short, if it’s a well-brewed, faultless beer, the chances are I’m going to enjoy it :^)
Which of your beers is the biggest fan favourite/most popular?
Baby-Faced Assassin. Across cask, keg and can, our flagship IPA has carved itself a reputation for being one of the best in its field.
Which of your beers would you recommend to a first-timer at your bar?
Yankee is our gateway beer. First brewed way back in 1993, it’s light, delicate, floral and fruity. Not too hoppy for those starting out on their beer journey, but packed with flavour all the same.
Best beer snack?
Cheese. Lots of cheese.
If you could get one music artist/celebrity to represent your brewery, who would best fit your business and ethos?
Marcelo Bielsa, for his dedication, passion and the attention to detail he displays towards his craft, producing high-quality results along the way. What a man!
If you could make a beer using any flavours, and guarantee that it be delicious, which flavours would you love to use?
I can’t wait for our brewers to start exploring different styles and flavours as part of our soon-to-get-underway barrel ageing project.
What are you looking forward to at the Great British Beer Festival this summer?
GBBF always provides a great opportunity to catch up with lots of friendly faces and meet new people along the way, with a few beers thrown into the mix for good measure.
What makes the Great British Beer Festival special, and what has motivated you to come this year?
With Olympia as the backdrop helping to set the scene, GBBF is the ideal event for us to showcase the quality of our beers and share the passion we have for our trade.
What exciting things do Rooster’s have coming up?
We’ve just put the finishing touches on installing a brand new 30BBL brewery, having relocated from our Knaresborough home of 18 years to a larger space in Harrogate, that’s also home to our on-site taproom. With the additional space we now have, we’ve also installed a smaller 10BBL small batch kit and are soon to start developing a barrel-ageing project – all of which I’m extremely excited about!
If you want to try Rooster’s beers, you can get your tickets to the festival today!