A FORMER publican got the chance to brew Dorset Gold at Palmers historic thatched brewery in Bridport.
Clive Warren, 65, of Salisbury, was runner-up in a competition to promote the fine ale, a refreshing and thirst-quenching golden premium ale (4.5% ABV), with a full and fruity palate, lightly hopped with Kent Goldings.
Clive said: ‘I’ve enjoyed drinking Palmers beer since the age of 18 so it was absolutely wonderful for me to be able to see first-hand how this historic brewery has come into the 21st century.’
Clive invited his cousin, retired BT manager Keith Phare, 72, who lives in Exeter, to come on the tour with him.
Head Brewer Darren Batten said: ‘We were delighted to meet Clive and Keith and supervise their brewing skills.’
PHOTO CAPTION: L-R Palmers Head Brewer Darren Batten toasts cousins Clive Warren and Keith Phare who won the chance to brew Dorset Gold.
Palmers: Brewing finest ales since 1794. In 1794, Dorset rope and net makers the Gundry family built a brewery on the banks of the River Brit in Bridport. In the late 19th century, two Palmer brothers – John Cleeves and Robert Henry – bought the operation and its pubs and gave it their names: JC & RH Palmer. Today, their great grandsons John and Cleeves Palmer work in the company and Palmers Brewery remains among the best of small independent brewers.
The original Old Brewery – famous as the only thatched brewery in Britain – is where the beer is still brewed to traditional methods with the finest ingredients. Palmers’ pubs include some of the best-known and best-loved in the South West in pretty country villages, deep in Hardy Country and on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast.
A brewery tour of Palmers historic brewery buildings allows visitors to see each stage of the brewing process and taste the Palmers five fine draught ales:
Palmers Copper Ale – a delightfully light, refreshingly fruity and hoppy beer (3.7% ABV).
Palmers Best Bitter – a full-drinking, well-balanced beer (4.2% ABV).
Palmers Dorset Gold – a refreshing and thirst-quenching golden premium ale (4.5% ABV).
Palmers 200 – created to celebrate 200 years of brewing, this popular premium ale (5.0% ABV) was described by beer guru Roger Protz as “a finely balanced blend of malt, hops and quenching citric fruitiness.”
Palmers Tally Ho! – a strong, nutty, full strength dark beer (5.5% ABV).
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