Year Summary 2021

15 December 2021

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Year Summary 2021

Well, 2021 was a bit of a rollercoaster and it is not over yet. We have had a busy year and here's a bit of a summary of what's been going on...

We would firstly like to say a massive thank you  for the amazing amount of support you have shown us over the past two years, you really have kept us brewing.

 

Contents 

  • Coronavirus Continues
  • Tap Yard
  • Open Night Update
  • Awards
  • Scannappeal Donation & Charity Weekend
  • Reusable 1 litre
  • Next Year

 

2021 in Stats. 

436 Brews.

3,447,000 pints produced plus 805000 bottles filled on the bottling line.

73% - The total amount of beer sold in reusable containers with the remaining beer in glass recyclable 500ml bottles.

47% - The amount of beer sold in reusable containers from the shop, drive-through, and online with the remaining beer in glass recyclable 500ml bottles.

81% - The amount of beer sold in reusable containers to our trade customers, the remaining beer in glass recyclable 500ml bottles.

 

 

Coronavirus Continues

Again, the impact of the global pandemic on our lives and the brewery is an unavoidable subject when looking back on this year.

We started the year in the third national lockdown. Pubs, bars and our trade customers were closed and patiently waiting for the time when they could re-open. The brewery shop remained closed, the brewery surviving thanks to the popularity of our drive-through and free home delivery services, which were created in response to the first lockdown in March 2020.

The contact free and socially distanced drive-through continued to be developed throughout the year, with improvements made to its structure and technology making it run even more smoothly. When the shop re-opened in April, the drive-through remained the more popular choice and still is, especially with cases on the increase.

The home delivery service is still very popular, and we have been developing and improving it this year. Starting with a delivery range of just 10 miles, we increased this to 17 miles in late 2020. In 2021 we extended this further, moving to 20 miles and even 23 miles is some areas. We have also increased the range of products sold online to include mini barrels for our members.

In May, hospitality businesses with outdoor spaces were able to open with indoor restrictions lifted in May. This was fantastic news, and we supported our trade customers to help them get back on their feet. To cope with the increase in deliveries we hired more drivers and got more vans as we were now delivering to people's homes as well as to pubs etc. who now needed beer.

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The drive through and home delivery services continue to be very popular and are now long term features of the brewery and will continue to be improved and developed.

Our brewery shop is looking great and is steadily drawing customers back in since its reopening in April. It is great to see people back in the shop picking up beer, browsing our wine and artisan produce.

We are not out of the pandemic yet and with variants of the virus threatening to cause further impact on our lives we will remain flexible and ready to adapt, committed to supplying you with great local beer.

 

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Welcome to the Tap Yard

We were extremely excited to open the onsite brewery Tap Yard in July. Made from a converted shipping container, our brewery bar offers our draught cask and keg beers alongside wine, cider and spirits in a relaxed setting.

In December we covered the container and seating area with a large marquee giving visitors better cover from the winter weather. Feedback has been great, and we will continue to improve the Tap Yard, adding hot drinks and possibly food at some stage. Tap Yard hours are being extended with immediate effect to 8:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

 

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In the Brewhouse - A Summary from Head Brewer, Ed Bates.

2021 had a pretty challenging start due to Covid. We were throwing beer away and putting staff on furlough which was a very unpleasant experience. As restrictions were lifted in the spring we faced lots of unknowns and it was challenging to forecast how busy we would be. Fortunately, we bounced back stronger than expected thanks to all our loyal customers. This meant we had a busy summer, especially with so many events coming in a small window. It was great to bounce back so strongly but it did put our team under a little bit of pressure. We expanded the packaging team to cope, especially as our bottled beer range remains so popular after its booming sales in previous lockdowns. We also added staff to the brewing and fermentation team and we will be looking for more staff in the new year.

Overthrow continues to defy our expectations and is going from strength to strength. Twice, I had to source extra hops as we smashed through the number of brews we thought we would be doing. It was great to win in its category in the SIBA midlands competition at the first attempt. We are hopeful that it will do well in the national competition in the new year. 

Lager also had another expectation defying and award winning year, also winning SIBA Gold and more awards for Roasted Nuts Extra and 24 Carat too.

It was great to finally get the taproom open in the summer. Its fantastic to be able to showcase our beers on site again, especially the Black, White and 24 Carat that are not available elsewhere on draft. Our new small pilot brewery will be up and running in the new year and all of us in the brewing team are looking forward to flexing our creative muscles and getting some once off beers brewed especially for the tap yard.

We've had a particularly strong end to the year and I have to say a massive thanks everyone who works in production as we've had to pull out all the stops to get enough beer ready for Christmas (fingers crossed!)

Unfortunately, as I write this, the shadow of Covid if looming large again. Hopefully Rebellion will ride the storm next year as well as we did this year. Not everyone will be so lucky, and I really feel for all our customers in the trade right now. Hopefully this current wave won't be as bad as it seems its going to be and everyone is able to enjoy a happy and successful Christmas.

Wishing all of you a merry Christmas and all the best for the new year,

Ed Bates (Head Brewer)

 

 

Public and Members Nights.

We anticipate that the public and members nights will restart in Spring 2022 (Covid allowing), when we look forward to welcoming you all back to enjoy an evening of beer and food. We are very sorry for the ongoing delay in re-introducing the nights, and very much appreciate your patience.

If you've been to one of the events, you'll know they are very busy evenings and with COVID still very much present we are and have been reluctant to re-introduce them both for staff and customer safety. The potential impact of several staff having to isolate is a concern to the ongoing operation of the brewery.

For those with unused nights on your membership, these will roll over, whether you renew your membership or not you will not lose them. If for any reason you would like us to reimburse you for any outstanding tours that you have, we are happy to do so. Please feel free to contact us on info@rebellionbeer.co.uk or 01628 476594 for any queries on this.

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to restarting the nights in 2022.

 

 

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Awards

It has been another good year for our beers in competition, with a number receiving prizes in the categories in which they were entered.

At the SIBA (Small Independent Brewers Association) Midlands Regional Cask awards Overthrow won gold for British bitter up to 4.4%.

For our bottled beers we had a particularly good year. Lager received bronze in the London Beer Competition and gold in the SIBA Midlands Bottle and Can Awards. 24 Carat also received bronze in the London Beer Competition and silver SIBA Midlands Bottle and Can Awards. Roasted Nuts Extra won silver in the London Beer Competition and silver in the SIBA Midlands Bottle and Can Awards. Red won silver also in the London Beer Competition.

Having won gold awards at a SIBA regional competitions, draught Overthrow and bottled Lager will progress to the national finals held at the SIBA Beer X exhibition in March 2022, so fingers crossed for them.

 

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Scannappeal and the Charity Open Weekend

The charity weekend was supposed to take place this year, unfortunately we had to cancel due to the pandemic.

For those new to us, we hold a weekend beer festival every other year where we give away beer, put on entertainment and raise money for a local charity, Scannappeal. At the last event in 2019 we raised £65,000! We have supported Scannappeal for many years, they fundraise to supply local hospitals with diagnostic equipment and do an amazing job.

It was a real shame that we could not hold the event this year, but we wanted to do something for Scannappeal so in October we were able to donate £9000, taking our all-time donation total to £300,000, something that we are very proud of.

Look out for news on when the next charity weekend will take place.

 

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Re-Usable 1 Litres

In February, our new returnable one litre bottles were introduced to the shop, drive-though and online store. Customers could now buy their fresh draught beer and then return the bottle, receiving a discount on the next purchase for each bottle returned.

These new bottles were not only a positive move to reduce the environmental impact of the brewery but have improved the quality of the beer; the brown bottles reducing the effect of UV light on the beer.

The project would only work for us if our customers did return the bottles and return them you did. In just three months 20,000 bottles had been bought and returned, with a current return rate averaging 72%, thank you for your support with this project. Since we started that's 85,500 bottles that have been re-used and not ended up either in recycling or landfill.

 

Next Year!

As well as developing and improving the existing brewery and the services there are areas that will see changes.

The long awaited installation of the 500 litre development brewery kit has gathered pace. This is a smaller brewing kit that is integrated with our main kit. The development brewery will share the mill, grist case and mash pump with the main brewhouse, and be heated using the main thermal fluid heating system. Wort from the development brewhouse will be sent to the new 500 litre fermentation vessels. The aim is to have the brewery ready for its first brews in late February next year. The aim of the development brewery is to allow us to trial new beers and produce one off speciality beers in small batches that will be made available for the shop and the Tap Yard.

Our car parks will be upgraded hopefully allowing more cars to park with better access and movement possible on site.

As previously mentioned, the Tap yard will see some significant changes, making it a nicer space to visit.

Our online presence is constantly being upgraded to try and make buying online as simple an experience as possible. The membership section will be developed further to all you to renew automatically.

We are aware that we have issues with our 22 pint mini barrels occasionally not dispensing or running out of gas. We are planning a full overhaul of the way the beer is dispensed through them with a new tap arrangement with external gas cannister.

The 2022 beer range will be a re-run of the hugely popular 2017 range. Monarch, one of the beers from that range will tie in nicely with the Queen's Platinum jubilee. Also, as 2022 encompasses her 75 year reign we thought it would be good to remember all those British Greats again. It was a beer range full of great beers and we hope you'll enjoy them.

We would like to again thank you all for the amazing support you have given us over the year. We hope you have had a good year despite everything going on and that 2022 will be even better.

 

We hope you all have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year

From all at the Rebellion Brewery.

Cheers!

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Rebellion IPA

Strength: 3.7% Well Balanced Pale Ale

 
Sizes Currently Available
  • 1 Litre Bottles
  • 3.3 Litre Bottles
  • 5 Litre Kegs
  • 18 Pint Bottles
  • 22 Pint Mini Barrel
  • 72 Pint Firkins
 
 

Rebellion Smuggler

Strength: 4.2% Well Hopped Amber Ale

 
Sizes Currently Available
  • 1 Litre Bottles
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  • 5 Litre Kegs
  • 18 Pint Bottles
  • 22 Pint Mini Barrel
 
 

Rebellion The Bard

Strength: 4.2% Amber & Citrus

 
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  • 1 Litre Bottles
  • 3.3 Litre Bottles
  • 5 Litre Kegs
  • 18 Pint Bottles
  • 22 Pint Mini Barrel
 
 

Rebellion Overthrow

Strength: 4.3% Extra Pale & Crisp

 
Sizes Currently Available
  • 1 Litre Bottles
  • 3.3 Litre Bottles
  • 5 Litre Kegs
  • 18 Pint Bottles
  • 22 Pint Mini Barrel
  • 72 Pint Firkins
 
 

Rebellion Roasted Nuts

Strength: 4.6% Reddish Brown & Fruity

 
Sizes Currently Available
  • 22 Pint Mini Barrel
 
 

Lager Bottle

Strength: 4.4% Crisp & Refreshing

 
Sizes Currently Available
  • Single Bottle
  • Case of 12 Bottles
  • 3 Bottle Presentation Pack
  • 4 Bottle + Glass Pack
 
 

Black

Strength: 5.2% Rich & Complex

 
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  • Case of 12 Bottles
 
 

Blonde Bottle

Strength:4.3% Golden & Refreshing

 
Sizes Currently Available
  • Single Bottle
  • Case of 12 Bottles
  • Mixed case 2 Beers
  • Mixed case 3 Beers
  • 3 Bottle Presentation Pack
  • 4 Bottle + Glass Pack
 
 

Red Bottle

Strength: 4.5% Deep Red & Malty

 
Sizes Currently Available
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  • Case of 12 Bottles
  • Mixed case 2 Beers
  • Mixed case 3 Beers
  • 2 Bottle + Glass Pack
  • 3 Bottle Presentation Pack
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24 Carat Bottle

Strength:5% Golden, Hoppy & Bittersweet

 
Sizes Currently Available
  • Single Bottle
  • Case of 12 Bottles
  • Mixed case 3 Beers
 
 

Roasted Nuts Extra

Strength: 5.8% Deep Ruby, Complex & Flavoursome

 
Sizes Currently Available
  • Single Bottle
  • Case of 12 Bottles
  • Mixed case 3 Beers
 
"Rebellion beer is my favourite brewery. I love the regular beers and many of the monthly specials. The brewery shop is one of my favourite places and members nights are an experience not to be missed."
"Visited the newly opened Tap Yard and was very impressed with everything from the way they’ve transformed the old containers into this fabulous bar, to the wide range of beers and other drinks available to enjoy within a great atmosphere."
"Fantastic place for a beer lover. Great selection of tasty, fresh ales in the shop and Tap Yard. Warm, friendly atmosphere and very kind and helpful staff."
"Had their beers before and liked them. Even better here at the Tap Yard because they've only travelled short distance across the premises. Staff friendly and very helpful. None of the "I only work here" vibe you can get in some places. Staff seemed only too willing to help. Brilliant!"
"Visited the newly opened tap room the other Saturday and was very impressed with everything including the wide range of beers and other drinks available to enjoy with a great atmosphere."
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