This blog post is a bit of a summary of the last few weeks, so much has happened I thought it would be good idea to update everyone. Mainly – I’ve become a father!! I also want to talk about some of the plans we’ve got for the brewery. Exciting times!
It’s been quite a wild ride since opening the brewery in July. We had an absolute blast that day and i still need to get round to inputting all the email addresses into a list so i can thank everyone personally.
We have been open a few of the weekends since the launch and the brewery tap has been in full flow. The 2-pint cartons seem to be going down really well with all the events happening on the seafront and with all the good weather we’ve been having. We had 2 beers on at victorious festival, Casemate IPA and Low Tide Pale Ale. They were both sold out by the end of the first day!
The biggest news is that I’ve become a Dad to a little baby boy! Lorna gave birth to Jack Eastwood on Wednesday 31st August. He’s a little angel and we are totally besotted with him.
We didn’t know if it was going to be a brewer or a brewster so it was a nice surprise to have a boy.
Most breweries employ helpers, but in the true DIY style of the Southsea Brewing Co. – we made one instead!
I’ve already made him a mini mash paddle so he can get stuck into his first brew.
So if you see me asleep on the floor in the brewery, now you’ll know why!
One of the things which has been getting more frequent are the requests for our beer from pubs. This is great to hear but I rarely have enough beer to fulfill these orders. Being such a small brewery, our primary focus is on bottling our beers and having these available in the brewery for visitors to buy. I’m expecting that over the next few months the number of people coming to the brewery at the weekends will be less, allowing me to have enough beer spare to sell to the local pubs, events and other outlets which have been so supportive and patient while we get up and running.
We are brewing non-stop at the moment. All 4 of our fermenters are constantly full, 2 have been tied up for a while with the strongest beers we make – Six Wives and Heavy Artillery. Both are tasting amazing and will be ready by the end of September. Going by the number of people asking for these beers, they probably won’t be around for long! I’ll announce when they are ready for pick up from the brewery.
Our website is still in development, but I’m hoping to get that finished by the end of the month as well. Until then keep an eye on Facebook for the latest news. There’s so much to do, I could really do with some help, hurry up Jack!