We take great care over the breweries and beers that we bring to the UK. We only develop beers of exceptional quality, which are steeped in provenance from craft brewers with a branding and presentation that are just begging to be drunk.
Stiegl is Austria’s largest privately owned brewery and in 2014 was voted Austria’s favourite beer. Founded in 1492 in Salzburg, there is documentary evidence that suggest Mozart drank it in his day … and he was a genius! It’s still a family run business so they don’t have to make any shareholders happy. As a result, all of the money gets re-invested into making better beer. Stiegl now boast one of the most modern breweries in Europe. They work together with farmers to ensure the quality of their ingredients and they even have a small farm of their own. They’re on the national rail network too!
Brauerei Schrems is a small local brewery situated in a nature reserve in the north of Austria where the water is perfect for brewing and the organic farmers grow malt and hops to Karl’s exacting specifications. Schremser produces a range of traditional and innovative beer styles that are starting to gain international recognition such as their famous Bio-Roggenbier, a Rye beer that won silver medal at the beer world cup in 2008. It tastes like liquid bread topped with spicy vanilla ice cream. Their lagers are legendary too and after some convincing, they agreed to brew one just for us!
As the names suggests, Rogue do things a little differently. They started in 1988 in a basement of a brewpub in Ashland, Oregon. Now based in Newport, Rogue brew beers that they want to brew. They have their own Rogue farms where they grow their own ingredients. In fact, they have a Rogue Farms series where all of the ingredients in the bottle are grown on Rogue Farms. Rogue were the first in the States to put beer in 650ml bottles. Now, some of them are Pink, Purple, Orange and Red and they are responsible for such legends like Dead Guy Ale, American Amber Ale, Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Brutal IPA and Yellow Snow IPA.
When it comes to bringing home the bacon, assuming that bacon is made of the world’s best craft beer, nobody does it quite like Ska.
Somewhere out in Colorado, in the year nineteen hundred and ninety-five, two guys named Dave and Bill learned that while they loved gulping down good beer, they weren’t yet old enough to buy it.
On the second Skaturday of Skatember it hit them. If they brewed their own beer they’d have all the beer they could ever want. And while they were at it, why not brew the most magnificent suds ever quaffed in their neck of the woods.
In 1686 Theodoor Cornet brewed beer and distilled Jenever for his guests in his inn at Steenhuffel, Belgium. He also brewed a stronger beer for the counts of the Diepensteyn Castle, of which he was the estate manager.
In 1747, the inn was changed into a small, top fermentation village brewery. Palm now brew exquisite Belgian style ales and also innovate with modern twists on traditional styles. Palm is the largest family-owned brewery in Belgium. Also, ‘Palm Belgian Craft Brewers’ who own Palm Breweries, are the only brewery group in the world to brew with all four fermentation styles.
In 1836, Pedro Rodenbach, together with his entrepreneurial wife Regina Wauters, founded the brewery. However, it is Eugène Rodenbach whom Rodenbach has to thank for its unique quality and masterful character.
Not only did he study the vinification of beer, but also optimised the maturation process in oak casks, or ’foeders’ (maturation casks).
The world-renowned cask halls with their 294 oak casks, some of which are 150 years old, are protected as part of the industrial heritage of the Flemish Community.
Lembeek, the former city state between the Duchy of Brabant and Hainaut situated on a river bend in the Zenne Valley, once had 43 spontaneous-fermentation breweries. The beer brewed here was dubbed ’Lambic’, derived from the place name ’Lembeek’. Boon Brewery is Lembeek’s only remaining brewery.
The first mention of BOON Brewery can be traced back to 1680, in connection with a farm and brewery/distillery in Lembeek. The brewery was bought by Frank Boon in 1975.