The Brewery: “We brew at Gun Hill, on a beautiful 140 acre organic mixed farm in the Sussex Weald. The farm has a history of hop growing and some survive to this day in the hedgerows……We spent a year refitting the barn, and installing all the equipment ourselves, before selling our first pint in January 2015. In making our beer we aim to tread lightly on our surroundings. We generate much of our own power from a 15kw solar array; heating from a wood powered boiler and our spent grains keep the local livestock happy…….All the water used for brewing comes from our own spring source deep below the organically farmed land. The water is microfiltered and UV treated to ensure its purity without the need for chemicals. It’s delicious and great for brewing.”
The Beer: “It's the style that defines English Beer. That to some is simply 'real ale'. It is of course Best Bitter. Given this history and the amazing examples that are available, creating one is not something we've undertaken lightly. Made with no fewer than 7 malts and 3 different English Hops, "Chummy Bluster" is a gentle, fruity, well rounded ale, with just the right amount of bitterness to keep you coming back for more. Unfined, unfiltered and suitable for vegans.”
The most expensive beer procured on my latest visit to London - but they may have been down to the location. It was certainly one of the tastiest, a thoroughly enjoyable pint that ticked all the boxes for me. From my adopted home county of Sussex too. 4.4%. A.B.V.
Blue Posts, Soho, London. October 2019.