DISRUPTING THE LAGER INDUSTRY
We are an independent, family owned and run microbrewery that is passionate about beer.
In 2005 Rick and Emma Keene decided to set up a brewery (as you do)! Rather than compete with the 100s of ale microbreweries, they took the bold decision to brew lagers like the Germans and Belgians.
In true Cotswold fashion Rick met a farmer in the local pub and secured a five year lease on an old barn. He hunted down some second hand brewing kit, lying in a field under a blanket of snow in Albany, NY State. The kit floated across the Atlantic in shipping containers which were unloaded by the farm tractor and brute force.
The last 14 years have seen some changes; the team has grown from just Rick and Emma, to a team of nine, many more shiny vessels have been plumbed in and deliveries are no longer made on the back seat of a Volvo.
Setting up a brewery on your own, with no outside investment is challenging and requires hard work, blood, sweat and tears, but you can’t beat the feeling of pride and satisfaction every time you drink your own beer!
When we took the bold (some might even say foolish) leap into the unknown over 14 years ago, we decided to embrace our uniqueness and brew lager at a time when all the other microbreweries were brewing ale.
As one of the first lager microbreweries in the UK our mission was to try and change the nation’s perception of this humble, often misrepresented brew. We were so dedicated to the cause that we concentrated on kegs, something unheard of all those years ago when everyone else was filling casks.
With almost each year that passed we have championed a new style of drink, including an American style IPA, long matured, and cider.
Inspired by the Bavarian Regional breweries we decided to only distribute locally, even if it means turning away trade. Only those lucky people that live in or visit The Cotswolds, Oxfordshire, Bristol, London and a few places in between are lucky enough to get their hands (and lips) on Cotswold.
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MAKING LAGER GREAT