Walled City Brewery

Walled City Brewery is a true actual genuine brewpub in Northern Ireland

Yes you read that statement right, they are one of a kind!

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Great beers brewed on site and a cracking restaurant all under one roof. What amazes me is the people and staff behind it, they are passionate and love what they do, invested in making it a success.

The brewpub opened in 2015 with a 200 litre microbrewery supplied by Geterbrewed. The Ebrington army barracks repurposed, the brewpub faces out onto the old ebrington parade square and on the other side is the peace bridge which links you to the city and its a great walk, we took a wander over for a pint in the Guildhall Tap Room.

I recently visited Walled City Brewery for a food pairing evening and I was really impressed with the buzz in the area.

James and his team could have done what everyone does and took a tap tie from one of the Macro brands but he remained fiercly  independent and earned his place as a successful established business the hard way.

The Walled City Team produce a range of their own beers on site and they have a kitchen  using local produce and knocking out some beautifully tasty meals. The chef Mike popped out to walk around the tables and check how we found our meal.

Stephanie did a little talk on a cocktail she created and just casually described a cocktail she created with a local Gin “Frankie & Eileens Distillery” and a New England IPA brewed on site. She drops into the conversation that the garnish was gorseflower she picked while walking her dog earlier. Describing the beer how it was brewed and how she felt the ingredients complimented each other all topped off with a gorse flower garnish to add a little coconut note.

The cocktail was beautifully refreshing. The beers on tap had a wide variety of styles and I can easily say they have something for everyone. The food was equally impressive so the combination of craftbeer, craft spirits, locally sourced food and passionate and knowledgeable staff makes it a winner for me. You can see the brewery as it’s positioned at the bottom of the restaurant this adds to the altogether genuine feel and experience. They also run a homebrew academy which we love as they are actively promoting the hobby.

I’m hoping to see the Ebrington square developed further and highly recommend you check this brewpub out. There is a vibrant buzz about Derry City and it was great to walk around the local bars and see local breweries starting to get some tap space.

Thanks to the Walled City Team for a great experience

Jonathan

 

 

Brut IPA

The latest IPA craze sweeping across from the US sees a new type of IPA, this time its a bone dry champagne like aromatic hoppy beer, but why is it called “brut”, simple it’s the terminalogy to rank sweetness in champagne.

The creator and Californian brewer Kim Sturdavent (Social Brewing) has made it pale, super dry and highly effervescent. The weapon of choice to create this unique beer is an enzyme & Geterbrewed has sourced this so you can create your own homebrew Brut IPA’s. The enzyme Glucoamylase 400 to put it simply takes the complex sugars and breaks them down into fermentable sugars.

Hop bittering levels are low in this style as hop bitterness is usually balanced with the sweetness of the malt bill, on this style the sweetness from the malt is fermented out so you need to keep the IBU’s down. New world fruity and tropical hops seem to be the hop flavours of choice

I love experimenting at a home brew level and when brewers innovate and create something special it makes other push the boundaries too and then we in turn get to enjoy awesome beers.

The enzyme isn’t a new creation it has been available in the brewing supplies catalogue for sometime, previously being used by brewers to reduce sweetness in big imperial stouts.

I’ve been following some American brewer blogs on the style and they are using new ingredients for an IPA, for example adjuncts, now this doesn’t appear to be to try and save money, its to keep the beer pale in colour, some brewers are using flaked rice and corn.

When yeast is working this hard it may also be important to look at yeast nutrients. Also be aware that if you are reharvesting the yeast it will carryover the enzyme.

You can add the enzyme to the mash directly but what temperatures or to the fermenter during fermentation, as the style is still very much in its infancy there is scope for experimentation.

What i personally want to see is brewers releasing well made batches of Brut IPA taking their time to experiment and be creative now just getting one released to be seen to be setting the trend in the local beer scene

Designing a Brut IPA recipe, your standard IPA base malt bill may be the first place you start but be aware that the crystal etc that you add for body will be totally fermented out. The complex carbohydrates and dextrines will be converted to simple sugars and fermented out. Also watch the abv this is going to almost completely ferment out so you don’t want to create something that is going to blow your head off.

Adding this enzyme goes beyond dryness and you don’t need to do anything special during the mash to try and create a dry beer.

My understanding would be that all hop bitterness is going to be best acheived after the boil with a good hop stand, I would feel that the aroma acheived would be a perfect addition to this dry style of beer

Yeast used predominantly in the style to date is a neutral ale yeast but it’s open to experimentation.

Time to get experimenting with this enzyme, we have adding some buying options to the Geterbrewed website for home brewers and if you are a pro brewer we also have stock in our warehouse for larger scale brewing too

We would love you to share your recipes and experiences in brewing this style with us, the team at Geterbrewed will be trying a few recipes out in the coming weeks we’ll let you know how we get on..

 

 

 

From the Attic to the warehouse

From the Online Homebrew Shop based in our Attic at home to the Brewery Distribution Warehouse

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We are in business five years and wow it’s been a journey, thankyou all, genuinely thankyou its been amazing…….so…….

Why start a Homebrew shop?

We both loved brewing beer and wine at home and wanted to be able to buy great quality wine kits and a diverse range of beer ingredients from our local homebrew shop, we found the selection locally to be more based on simple kits and no all grain ingredients, we wanted to experiment with premium quality wine kits and try our hand at brewing beer from scratch not just extract kits. So we started writing a business plan for selling our own and researching if there was in fact a homebrew wholesaler. We started with an Irish Homebrew company but quickly realised they weren’t a real homebrew wholesaler so we opened accounts with a few of the UK wholesalers and started to sell brewing ingredients and equipment online.

It was really difficult to start with, how do you get the attention of the homebrew community, how do you know what to stock and how do you compete with what appeared to be a ‘homebrew cartel’ in Ireland, the key to our success in my opinion was to focus on the customer and the quality of the ingredients, so we put the home brewer first. Look I’ll be honest it was a steep learning curve and we didn’t always get it right but that helped us learn and are very proud of our business now. We supply a lot of the local homebrewing community and we also supply a large number of breweries

The Home brew website?

It has evolved from a basic online home brew store to a Microbrewery Equipment & Brewery Ingredient supplier. There is so many funny stories about the website in the last 5 years but we have always tried to make the Geterbrewed website the most user friendly in the industry. Our friend is our web developer and even though it has grown beyond all of our expectations he stills oversees its running but has other professionals that now help out. When he took a stroke at 34 and we went to the hospital with the Ipad to get a few issues fixed it shows you how dedicated he was and how utterly obsessed we were with our homebrew business… thats a true story… we eat sleep and breath this business

 

What sets Geterbrewed apart?

  • The Service
  • The Education of home brewers
  • We cater from Hedgerow brewer to Pro Brewer
  • The custom recipe builder – we wanted to do this right from the start and we now have successful set it as the best-selling service in the UK & Ireland

Geterbrewed set out to start a homebrew revolution on the 1st of April 2013, five years later we have evolved somewhat and have been blessed with success, we want to personally thank you all for your support, without homebrewers and microbreweries supporting us we wouldn’t exist.

It all started in our attic at home, we bought a range of beer kits, cider kits and wine kits and some really basic brewing equipment. When we got fed up walking up and down into the attic we moved to the garage and then moved to Hillstown Farmshop and partnered with the Logan’s, we launched our own brewery and set up a warehouse at the rear of the shop, we are very grateful to Nigel and his family for our time at the shop, we created local employment and started to move into supplying breweries, now we have an 8000 square foot warehouse very close to the shop, we couldn’t expand any further at the back of the shop and with us now selling 1000’s of tonnes of malt we had to move…we still have a small shop presence at Hillstown also

What’s next for Geterbrewed?

We will continue to offer the freshest brewing ingredients we can, we have recently started to sell Microbrewery equipment and now install fully operational breweries, we installed a brewpub In County Offaly last week and we have a new Brewery just ordered this week for Worchester in the UK, we really love what we do and can’t really thank you all enough for allowing us to work with you.

Geterbrewed will grow & build on our exclusive relationships with key suppliers, we have built strong relationships with Crisp Malt, Lallemand Yeast, Hop Farmers and UK & Global Homebrew wholesalers. We have exciting projects ongoing with Brewiks Microbrewery Equipment and we are driven to grow our business further.

Gin and Distilleries…yes as if we haven’t enough on….

Without giving too much away we have some really exciting plans and we will continue to keep our focus on you the customer, we put your first, we thankyou for the support, our staff thankyou for your support and we promise to keep investing in the business and to keep generating local employment.

Finally, I have experienced some amazing things with this business and met and made some incredible friends. We have travelled to source the finest ingredients across the globe and we are very grateful for the team we have, we have an awesome set of staff and they love what they do, thanks for joining the revolution and please stay with us on this journey!

WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!!

The GEB Crew

SIBA Beer X Review | Beer Festivals

From the off I’ll highlight this event is more based towards the brewing trade, but I did receive some exciting news at the event from our suppliers. The Event changed venue this year and it was in the exhibition centre in Liverpool so we popped over for the day to check it out , the SIBA regional gold medal winners progress to the finals at BeerX so some work mixed with a little beer tasting, its all good yeahhh!

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A nice spacious arena packed with stands from all the big names in the brewing industry, I caught some interesting presentations and had some exciting conversations with not only with brewers but with the brewing suppliers.

Major news to report from Crisp Malt, I had a chat with some of the top team and they are very excited about the successful distribution of Crisp Malt throughout Ireland by Geterbrewed, we discussed how many Irish breweries are reporting higher extraction rates, more consistent crush plus a better flavour from the wort. Major growth reported in this area.

Crisp Malt

Crisp Malt have installed a new bagging line and are nearing completion of a new coloured maltings, its a very exciting time to be working with these guys, they already have a large catalogue of products but this new multi million pound investment will be a game changer. The new malt bags have been released and the quick release and anti static packaging is proving to be a hit!

AB Vickers & Lallemand

Checked in with the team at AB Vickers and Lallemand and had a good brief on the new products. Protafine is a new Vegan friendly clarification product that we will be introducing to Irish Breweries immediately. Robert from Lallemand is keen to launch the homebrew sachets of the incredible freeze dried bacteria ‘Wildbrew Sourpitch’ I’ve used this recently in a blueberry kettle sour and I was really impressed, it is due for imminent release.

I enjoyed some impressive beers on the lallemand stand, an NEIPA from Northern Monk Brewery (Lalbrew New England Yeast) & a Sour from Magic Rock Brewery (Wildbrew Sourpitch). Geterbrewed distribute the full lallemand range across Ireland, contact us if you want samples of the new yeast strains.

We also picked up some new ideas and will update you soon on new innovative brewing products coming to the homebrew and microbrewery market.

Enjoy if your attending & hope the guys exhibiting have a great show

The GEB Crew

 

Starting a Microbrewery in Ireland

Starting a Microbrewery in Ireland

Geterbrewed have successfully established themselves as a one stop Microbrewery shop, from the installation of the equipment to the ongoing access of the finest ingredients, including malt, hops, yeast, finings and clarification products. We have installed both Speidel Braumeister Microbreweries and Brewiks Microbreweries in Ireland.

We proudly distribute for Brewiks & Speidel and as we have our own Microbrewery and first hand experience of what it takes to start a brewery in Ireland, we have a wealth of knowledge that means we can advise you correctly on the set up costs and how to make your brewery a success. We have qualified brewers that have degrees in brewing and distilling and consultants that we can use to provide help with everything that is required.

Geterbrewed can save you a lot of time as we have researched the brewing industry in Ireland and can effectively advise on what the best option is for you, we assist with site visits and the installation process, we have plug and brew options that make the start-up very easy. With the talented team we have working with us full time we can provide a first class service, the follow up service we offer is what makes us successful, speak to the brewers we have helped previously, we go above and beyond for our microbrewery customers

Points to Consider before you start a brewery?
  • Size of brewery
  • Licensing laws & what applications are required
  • Locating Premises & ensuring it is suitable for planning permission and Health & Safety
  • Planning the site – Size, Power, Drainage
  • Recipe development & Ingredients
  • Water treatment – this is critically important in making the best beers
  • Packaging – bottling & kegging
  • Regulating fermentation temperatures
  • Distribution & route to market
  • Training for the brewers, staff required
  • Financing the brewery, is it via Loans, Grants or Investors

Geterbrewed will guide and support you through the whole process if you are working with us for you Microbrewery project

What size of brewery are you considering? We highlight 4 options
1. Brewpub – 200 Litre system brewing beer for sale on the premises
2. Microbrewery – 500 Litre System for distributing beer via trade to both on and off sale in your locality
3. Microbrewery – A 10HL or 20 HL system for professional medium scale distribution, for distributing throughout the country and looking at export opportunities for future growth
4. Contract Brewing – Have another brewery make your beer, this can be an initial option with the aim of leading to owning your own brewery

The dream of running your own brewery has to be backed up with a business plan that sets out your aims from the start, so we suggest you choose your model and plan to make that a success, you can of course use your revenue to grow the business and brewery as funds become available. Output can be greatly increased with the addition of extra fermentation space in the interim as you plan to invest in the next step up. We can work within your budgets and have contacts for sourcing second hand brewing equipment to compliment your package

Option 1 – A brewpub or restaurant producing their own beer.

There is a lot of benefits to this system, you can have the flexibility to brew lots of different styles of beers in small quantities and excite the beer drinkers with new recipes regularly. New recipes on this scale can be very affordable. Geterbrewed can help with recipe development and have a bank of award winning recipes that they can adapt and share to suit your needs. The brewpub option works well as the profit margins are high, the beer is brewed on site and sold usually via draft taps that means packaging and transport costs are at a minimum. We can assist with a kegging option that allows you to brew and ferment the beer on site and then carbonate and keg in small batches.

200 Litre Brew systems mean that the fermenters are small and will need temperature regulation for the fermenters, meaning that it is most likely going to need a system to maintain the heat at a steady fermentation temperature. Geterbrewed have innovative ways of maintaining this heat and can set this up at minimal costs.

Anyone can learn how to use a system of this size and Geterbrewed provide full training on the equipment purchased from them and will attend on the first brewday to ensure you are confident in the use of the system.

Licensing for starting a small brewpub is fairly straight forward, there is some bureaucracy with the paperwork that needs completed but we have experience with how to complete this in a hassle free manner.

Packaging options for very small scale bottling options have been made by our in house engineer, we can now make affordable 5 head fillers that allow you to bottle beer for small scale packaging.

Geterbrewed recommend cold conditioning combined with a fining regime to ensure you are producing consistently impressive beers with a brewery of this size, we can provide help with the cooling system at a low cost and have fining and clarification products in stock

Brewpub Location & Foot fall is critical to success and well best succeed with ease in an already established bar

Option 2 – 500 Litre Microbrewery system

Again perfect for a brewpub or restaurant producing their own beer but the size also allows you to look at selling the beer to trade and even export if pushing the output hard with shift working brewers.

This size of system can be worked very efficiently to produce large volumes of beer, we have used a 500 litre stystem in the past ourselves and worked a double brewday to produce in excess of 1000 litres of beer per day, we actually used the Brewiks 500 litre system to produce 1300 litres per day five days per week, which meant we could comfortably produce 6500 litres of beer per week totaling a huge 338000 litres per year. This is fairly labour intensive to work the system this hard but it is acheiveable.

This size of system lends itself very well to running a range of special beers for periodical release to excite and deliver a new beer to your on and off trade customers

Fermentation tanks are the key point to hard much you can push this system, you can order larger fermenters that will allow you to double brew into them increasing output.

With the experience of using this size of system effectively ourselves we have been able to grow output which has allowed us to use the revenue to help pay for the next size of system.

Geterbrewed recommend you buy pressurized fermenters with this size of system, you can then produce carbonated beer on site which can have a bottling and kegging option added, we have designed a range of addition bottle filling and keg filling attachments that can add value to the pressurized tanks

Option 3 – a 10HL or 20HL Brewhouse for professional medium scale distribution

These size of breweries make it possible to produce some serious volumes of beer.

Geterbrewed just recently ordered a show model 10HL system for their showroom in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

A larger system can mean less staff and of course less wages meaning you can produce more beer in a single brewday and use your own personal time more effectively to grow sales, complete paperwork /invoices etc

Economies come with scale in terms of production costs but be aware that a large scale brewery will require you to have to have a route to market for a large amount of beer. In Ireland there is problems with tap ties and getting draft launched successfully is extremely difficult due to publicans & restaurants taking payments in exchange for exclusive draft agreements. That means you will need to carefully consider your route to market, export will most likely be required to achieve the volumes you need to make it profitable

Geterbrewed have 10HL & 20HL options from Brewiks, the Brewiks company has been making brewing equipment for 27 years, the new generation have been very clever and have designed a highlt effectient brewhouse with innovative technology and industry leading diagnostics. We recommend you join us for a brewday and you will get a feel for the quality of the equipment. We recommend you get the right equipment first time, there is steel fabricators out there that will make a system that is dangerous or problematic due to design flaws as they have tried to copy other breweries without having any formal brewing knowledge. We work with Brewiks as they have the knowledge and experience and lead the way with this size of system.

A Brewiks Microbrewery will draw customers to your location as it is visually pleasing & a beautifully simple machine to operate. Brewiks has upgradeability so in effect you have left open the ability to expand right from the very start.

Option 4 – Contract brewing In Ireland

Lots of breweries offer this service, we have the luxury of multiple size brewing systems at our showroom and brewery and we have contract brewed for Hotels, Restaurants and start up Microbreweries, we even brew one of specials for a range of bars. This leaves you time to focus on sales & marketing of your brand, the key selling point of this way of starting a brewery is that you don’t have to worry about the production or consistency of the quality of the beer. Obviously the brewery making the beer makes a margin but for the unexperienced brewer it may be a good place to start, make sure you highlight from the start it’s a contract brand and show the production trial, craft beer drinkers don’t like to be fooled with false marketing.

At the time of writing this (October 2017), Ireland has 90 breweries in total, 62 Breweries operating and producing beer and 28 contract brands. Northern Ireland has 32 Breweries, 6 of which are contract brand. Only two thirds of these breweries export in small volumes with 3 major breweries making up the majority of export at a rate of about four fifths.

So if we compare this to countries who are further developed craft beer countries it is clear there is still space for many more additional breweries. With the current output share of 3.4% of beer consumption being craft beer, the major challenge appears to me to be production capacity to allow this to increase in Ireland.

The size of startup Microbreweries in Ireland in recent years has consistently been on the increase, further strong growth is expected and predictions of many new microbreweries are still to come. To match share of beer consumption of the likes of America which currently sits at five times that of Ireland you can have confidence that now is a good time to invest and start a microbrewery.

With the recent developments in the Summer of 2017 in licensing and the ability for Irish breweries to now sell their own beer from the brewery it is predicted that this will grow sales further, unfortunately Northern Ireland may take a little longer as they have no sitting government in Stormont.

To conclude it’s an excellent time to start a Microbrewery in Ireland in my opinion but I do personally feel it’s either a brewpub or large scale brewery that are required, my experience is that these are the most profitable and successful. We love to share our knowledge about starting a microbrewery as we are passionate about making a difference in this industry so feel free to contact us for a chat and some help and support, we’d love to work with you on a Microbrewery Project in Ireland.

Brewiks Microbrewery Equipment
  • Knowledge & Expertise – the company have been making brewing equipment for the last 27 years
  • Extreme Brewing – ability to brew high gravity beers, cereal mashing, Decoction and basically can make any kind of beer you can think of
  • Plug & Brew – the smaller 200, 200 & 500 litre system are simply plug and brew
  • Designed by brewers
  • Minimal Space required plus the smaller systems come on wheels
  • Touchscreen Controls
  • Highly Efficient & Highly Satisfied Customer Database
  • Patented Mixing System which can also adapt to become a keg cleaner
  • Impressive Heating System plus Heat Recuperation – perfect for double brewdays
  • Easily Cleaned & simple to use
  • Hand Made by skilled Slovenian workforce
  • Guaranteed – excellent aftercare
  • No Moving Parts to break – only the pump which has been designed to be removeable
  • Combined Lauter Tun & Whirlpool – mist/fog sparging from a built in heat exchanger, perfect size grain bed, whirlpools correctly producing good clarity wort
  • Built in Counter Flow Chiller – real time cooling built into the Brewiks
Speidel Braumeister Microbrewery Equipment
  • Well known German manufacturer of brewing equipment
  • Principles are nearly identical for all sizes of braumeister
  • 5 sizes available – 10, 20, 50, 200, 500
  • Everything takes place in one cauldron – Mashing, Lauetring, Boiling, Hop Boiling, Whirlpooling
  • Mobile & Easy to Move
  • Patented Technology
  • Tried & Tested Compact Brewing unit
  • Minimal Space Required
  • Ideal for Restaurants
  • Touch Screen Control Panel

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