This month I got together with a group of friends from the beer world to brew at an exciting site in Sussex.
It wasn’t so long ago that UnBarred Brewery was to be found in a shed in Hove – where owner and brewer Jordan Mower cooked up tasty small batch beers for locals; from those humble beginnings Jordan has branched out, and now operates in partnership with Missing Link Brewery at their premises in East Grinstead.
The guys plan was to operate both a brewery and brew school out of Missing Link’s site, and the 15 fermentation tanks filled with exciting brews are testament to the quick success of the brewing side of the business. Alongside Missing Link and Unbarred the brewery is used for the concoctions of other locals The Kiln and Lost Pier. More tanks are on order, but don’t worry – alongside the expansion, plans are afoot for the opening of the brew school too!
The guy’s East Grinstead site is all about working together and learning, so was the perfect place to experiment and brew a collaboration for our team – we (myself, Blindside, Bison Beer and Unbarred) wanted to make use of local products where possible, and decided to use a Hove honey as the main taste component, alongside homemade honeycomb. We also knew we wanted a beer that would be accessible to most pallets, rather than have a hard hitting punch, and opted for a pale to best showcase the honey and malts; after trading ideas and taking direction from Jordan Matt & Ben, the main brewers of the bunch, our Honeycomb milkshake pale was born!
Next we set about being busy brewing bees for a day; my first experience working on a large all singing all dancing kit – I learnt a lot and had a blast. Thankfully, after all the lifting and weighing of grains, the Garden Chef (based in the grounds) was on hand to serve us up a delicious lunch, accompanied by a well-earned brew, Thanks Jeremy!