Somerset isn’t short of craft beer, and we think that the Albion Brewing Co here in Bath, might well be that perfect match. We caught up with owner, brewer, and all round good bloke Harry Speller, on the work behind the scenes of his Bath nano-brewery and his inspiration for the flavours that make up the beers produced by the Albion Brewing Co.
Bath Pizza Co: Great to have you stocked on our bar Harry. As a starter for ten, what can you tell our customers about the Albion Brewing Co and your beer?
Harry: We’re a nano-brewery based here in Bath producing small batches of beer by hand (yes, we even label each bottle by hand as well without a machine). I think someone once classed us smaller than a nano, probably a pico-brewery as we produce perhaps 60 litres a batch.
We took inspiration from the area we live which is up on Poet’s Corner, hence the literary angle of our beer names. Originally we wanted to take on the Bear Brewery name, which was an old brewery where Majestic Wines use to be but as there is the Electric Bear Brewery we ended up calling ourselves the Albion Brewing Company, Albion being the ancient Greek name for Great Britain.
Right now we have two core beers, Paradise Lost and The Tempest. Paradise Lost is an Amber Ale, whilst The Tempest is a Rye beer with hints of Juniper. We are also planning at least one seasonal brew as well, so watch this space!