Continued Success and Growth

Posted on 01/01/12 No Comments

2011 was a great year for The Backyard Brewhouse. Our production for 2011 against 2010 was up 35%.  A fantastic result against the current economic climate, and a trend we have maintained for the last 3 years. This increase can, we believe, be put down down in no small part to the consistent high quality of our beers and, in equal measure, to the fact that we were joined by Tom Buckland to become our Sales Accounts manager.  With over 30 years of experience in the trade he has proven to be a valued addition to the team.

It was also good for us from a competition perspective, picking up 3 major awards throughout the year.  Starting back in March where we picked up National champion, bitters and pale ales at the Society of independent Brewers (SIBA) National Final for our acclaimed Hoard bitter.  Then in October, at the SIBA Midlands beer competition, held at the annual Nottingham beer festival, we proudly came away with Bronze in Premium Strong Ales for our ever popular East India IPA and, Gold in Speciality beers for our ginger infused ‘Gold’ bitter.

To enable us to capitalise and build on our successes of 2011, 2012 is going to see us undertaking a major expansion program.  An investment totalling almost £200,000 will see the brewery grow from 1400ftto 2500ft2 with our existing 5 barrel plant being replaced with a brand new 12 barrel brew house allowing us to produce 50 barrels, (14,500 pints) a week.  An increase of 320% on present capacity.  In addition to the new brew house, our premises will see a major transformation with the construction of new cold storage to meet the demands of the increased capacity, new offices and staff facilities and the building of a analytical laboratory; An addition which is almost unique amongst breweries of this size.

This investment in premises and equipment will enable us to meet the ever growing demand for our beers both locally and further afield.  The additional capacity will allow us to secure contracts with such chains as Punch Taverns, Wetherspoons and Ember Inns, as well as increasing our relationships with wholesale distributors both local and national.

Our Goals for the coming year are three fold:

  1. To raise production by 250% which will allow us to increase the team
    from three to five
  2. To open our first pub.  The hunt for the right one is well under way
  3. To enjoy making beer even more than we have done in the last 3 years

We would like to thank all those who have helped and supported us over the past 3 years, and hope that you all will join us for the ride through 2012 which should prove to be a very exciting journey.