Rebellion's 2023 Year Summary

28 December 2023

Rebellion Wrapped

 

Number of brews: 481

Pints produced: 4,985,000

Pints sold in our tap yard: 120,070

Deliveries made: 33,673

 

And so our 30th year of brewing comes to a close!

We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported us, not only in 2023, but throughout the last 30 years. We're really proud of what we've achieved, and we couldn't have done it without you.

2023 was a pretty stormy year, with lots of market changes and ongoing price increases, but with our excellent staff and loyal customers we've been able to focus on what we do best - making great beer.Here's a little summary of this year at Rebellion, starting with our Head Brewer, Ed.

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

Another successful year in production despite the very challenging wider economic climate with many breweries struggling to stay open. In response to this we've really been focusing on driving quality up to make us stand out from the sea of cheap mainstream beer available. We want the consumer to get the benefit of super fresh local beer, both here on site and in the local pubs, which hopefully is so much more satisfying than a disappointing pint from a faceless mega corporation…

That being said, the change to the ABV of IPA is probably the most nerve-racking change to a product that I have ever been involved in. Due to new legislation from the government, we felt we had no option but to drop IPA from 3.7% to 3.4%; we dedicated a huge amount of time and effort to make sure the consumer would not notice any difference and we couldn't be more pleased with the results. We hope that many of you haven't even noticed!

Our small-batch development brewery beers are going from strength to strength - we brewed 22 this year which is twice the number of last year.  We've continued to improve the equipment and learn how to use it and we couldn't be happier with how the beers are coming out now; theRauchbier,Wild Hopand HoneyandCzech Pilsnerwere favourites of mine this year. We launched the development beers in 1 litre bottles for you to buy and take home and the response to these has been incredible, with some batches of NEIPA & DIPA selling out in 24 hours.

The development brewery has also given us opportunities to work with local suppliers and customers. Local honey and hops collected from the fields around the brewery, wooden barrels from Harrow & Hope who are just over the road, botanicals from Griffith Brothers, coffee from Coopers roastery - it helps to tie the brewery and the beer to the wider community.

We launched Rebellion Black 'Nitro' into trade and it's slowly building momentum and a loyal following of drinkers. We've had the beer available in the Tap Yard since it opened but it has been a challenge to scale up production. We are extremely happy with the beer and its incredibly drinkable despite its complexity; I hope you get to try it on draught in a local pub soon if you haven't had the opportunity yet!

Next year looks to be another extremely challenging year for the industry and it's highly likely that we will see even more brewery and pub closures. We will just continue to focus on making the best beer we can and hope that you continue to think it's worth every penny, whether fresh from the brewery or in all the fantastic local pubs and clubs.

Cheers,

Ed

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Development Brewery

As Ed mentioned, our development brews this year have been one of our standout successes and have been universally popular amongst customers and staff alike.

We've tried to produce high-quality, well-balanced examples of a variety of beer styles from around the world and the reception has been incredible.

The awaited arrival of two new dual-purpose vessels, which will serve as both fermenters and conditioning vessels, will allow us to produce larger quantities as well as new beers with more complex conditioning profiles - offering you greater variety and availability throughout 2024; hopefully meaning we'll always have a fresh development beer for you to take home.

We're also hoping to be able to start offering some of our development brews to select local pubs and clubs, so watch this space!

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Borehole & Engineering Update

Our clever engineering team has been hard at work digging an on-site borehole, which allows us to take increasing amounts of water directly out of the wonderful chalky Chiltern hills fifty metres below our site.

We've been using this water to brew for the past year, and we're looking to expand this to be able to extract a greater volume for use in general applications around the brewery (read: endless cleaning).

We're also really close to commissioning a computerised control system for our fermentation vessels, which will give us better control over the temperature and pressure of the fermenting beer; this is another step forward for us in managing quality & consistency.

 

 

Brand New Mini Barrel Taps

We launched our brand-new metal taps for our 22 x Pint Mini Barrels this year, which took a lot of planning and we're really happy with how they've been received.

The new tap has significantly reduced mini barrel dispense issues and allows a significantly more controlled pour. We really hope you're enjoying them and would encourage anyone who has ever had a problem with the old black plastic taps to give the new ones a try.

The black plastic taps have been put to rest, for which Bobby, our resident mini-barrel expert who has spent the last twenty years fixing them, is very glad about…

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Tap Yard

An amazing year for our Tap Yard! Our Tap Yard manager Tom and his team have done an excellent job, serving around 40% more pints compared to last year.

We're also proud to have achieved full marks in the Beer Marque accreditation; the award celebrates businesses that have met a rigorous quality standard, checking the beer from the cellar to the glass.

In addition to the food trucks on a Saturday, we've introduced rotating food trucks on a Thursday, - meaning you can now pop in for dinner as well as a pint on your way home from work.

We're currently running a promotion which gives you a free pint, glass of wine, or soft drink when you buy a main meal from one of the Thursday vendors, so another great reason to visit!

2024 will hopefully be another great year for the Tap Yard, and we'll look to continue to develop in the coming 12 months. We appreciate the great, family-friendly atmosphere that has been cultivated by all of our loyal customers, and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!

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Shop & Drive Through

We continue to focus on making our shop and drive through a great place to visit, and we've just recently finished installing a new tap rail for tasters in the shop (you can buy a pint there too).

As well as the focus on beer, we continue to offer a great selection of wines, spirits and ciders - introducing a cider of the month and more recently collaborating with the gin experts over at Griffith's Brothers to launch our very own Rebellion Gin, which we're glad to say has been really well received!

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Over the next 12 months, alongside offering new beers and an excellent space to shop (and drink) in, we plan on really concentrating on the site itself - reviewing site access and how we can improve our car parking.

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Thank you so much for all your support, and we hope you have a Happy New Year.

From all at the Rebellion Brewery,

Cheers!

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Rebellion Hazy Pale

Fruity and Tropical / 4.3%

 
Sizes Currently Available
  • 1 Litre Bottles
 
 

Rebellion IPA

Copper & Well Balanced / 3.4%

 
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

Well Hopped Amber Ale 4.2%

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

Rebellion Zebedee

Extra Pale & Crisp 4.7%

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

Rebellion Overthrow

Extra Pale & Crisp / 4.3%

 
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

Reddish Brown & Fruity 4.6%

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

Blonde Bottle

Golden & Refreshing 4.3% 500ml

 
Sizes Currently Available
  • Single Bottle
  • Case of 12 Bottles
  • Mixed case 2 Beers
 
 

Red Bottle

Deep Red & Malty 4.5% 500ml

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

24 Carat Bottle

Golden, Hoppy & Bittersweet 5% 500ml

 
Sizes Currently Available
  • Single Bottle
  • Case of 12 Bottles
 
 

Roasted Nuts Extra

Deep Ruby, Complex & Flavoursome 5.8% 500ml

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

Lager Bottle

Crisp & Refreshing 4.4% 330ml

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

Black

Rich & Complex Stout 5.2% 330ml

 
Sizes Currently Available
  • Single Bottle
  • Case of 12 Bottles
 
 

Rebellion Crossbar

Amber & Hoppy / 3.4%

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