Beers & Brewing
Andy served his first beers from his newly opened Thames Side Brewery & Tap Room on Sunday 30th June, Staines Upon Thames Day, and customers were queuing out the doors; well done Andy. Premises due to open on a regular basis from 21st August, see Diary & What's On for mroe.
Founded in 2015 by local CAMRA member Andy Hayward, Thames Side Brewery the four-barrel plant was recently moved to the former Sea Cadet HQ on the towpath near the Bridge Street Car Park by Staines Bridge, after lots of hard work and help from volunteers. Beer is supplied to the local area as well as into central London.
Currently brews four regular (and two seasonal) beers, all named after birds to be found on or near the River Thames. Latest addition is Cormorant Stout 4.2% abv. To quote Branch member Ian Davey, “Good old fashioned dry stout – good malt flavours”. Recently featured at the Egham United Services Club, the Wheatsheaf & Pigeon and Caffe Gusto if you want to sample it.
Andy's beers have won many 'Beer Of The Festival' awards at CAMRA festivals. These have included Beer of the Festival at Ascot Racecouse BeerFest with Egyptian Goose, Dark Beer of the Festival at Woking BeerFest with Black Swan, Beer of the Festival at Kingston Beer Festival with Mallard Mild, and at Hampton Beer Festival with Black Swan. In 2018, Andy's beers featured at the Great British Beer Festival
So where can I buy it? I hear you say. Well obviously the Thames Side Brewery & Tap Room and it is a regular in Caffe Gusto and has featured in George, London Stone, Beehive and the nearby Staines Riverside Club all in Staines, Barley Mow, Shepperton Green and Red Lion in Shepperton, and the Egham United Services Club in Egham. No doubt also available elsewhere, if you see it on tap, please Contact Branch. Spike Brewery Liaison Rep and Branch Contact.