Boss Brewing: Swansea gets a new micro brewery with big ideas

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April 9, 2015 by Kay Byrne

Roy Allkin and Sarah John of Boss Brewing.

Roy Allkin and Sarah John of Boss Brewing.

A new brewery with big ideas has just launched in Swansea and you can already try their beers in eight pubs across the Swansea Bay region.

Boss Brewery, based in Llansamlet, was set up by partners Sarah John and Roy Allkin through a mutual love of real ale.

They have launched with four beers, but more are in the offing and they will be inviting drinkers to help tailor the range.

“We got into home brewing a year ago in our garage. Our first brew was a stout; we wanted it to be chocolatey and smooth and it turned out really well. We had good reaction from family and friends and the people who know their stuff about beer were  impressed,” said Sarah.

“I was in sales and marketing and Roy was in translation services but we both wanted to go into a new venture. We talked about launching a brewery on our summer holiday and we weren’t sure if there wasn’t too much competition but in the end we said let’s just give it a go.”

The pair decided to go for a 10-barrel plant straight away and are producing cask, keg and bottled beers. They have their own delivery vans and have secured outlets in Cardiff and beyond.

“We’d like to go national and also export in a few years time. We’ll have our brewery shop and also hopefully our own pubs eventually,” said Sarah.

boss brewery van“A big part of our business is going to involve asking our drinkers to steer the direction of the specials and seasonals that we brew as part of our ‘you’re the boss range’. We’ll be getting people to vote on what beers they want us to brew next and running recipe design competitions with the chance for the winner to come down and brew with us.

“We’ll be brewing beers that people want to drink and we’ll be working with pubs to deliver bespoke beers for their customers.”

The present beer range is Boss Brave, an American IPA, 5.5%; Boss Black, a stout, 5%; Boss Blaze, a golden ale, 4.5%; and Boss Bare, a lager, 5%.

They will be available at the following pubs: The Pilot of Mumbles, The Bank Statement, Swansea, The Red Lion, Morriston, The Pontardawe Inn, The New Inn, Clydach, The Queens Hotel, Swansea, Mumbles Ale House. The brewery will also be at the Uplands Market this Saturday (April 11).

For up to date information check out the brewery’s facebook page.

The beers are also available as a 10 pint mini keg and in 330ml and 500ml bottles.

boss meet the brewer pilotThere will be a Meet the Brewer event when you’ll be able to try all the Boss beers at the Pilot of Mumbles on Wednesday April 15th from 6.30pm. There’s also an official launch in May at the brewery premises on Swansea’s enterprise zone.

It sounds like Sarah and Roy’s venture really is the business and with a name like Boss, they look set for success.

“We were playing with a few different names and liked the idea of Boss because there aren’t that many female brewers, even though brewing was originally dominated by women,” said Sarah. “In the end we asked the university to run a competition to come up with a name and one of the students came up with Boss as well so we thought that’s got to be it!”

Contact the brewery on 07825 525735 or email sarah.john@bossbrewing.co.uk.
Keep  up to date at facebook.com/bossbrewingco and twitter.com/bossbrewingco

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