Steamin’ Billy visit Belvoir Brewery

17/05/2016

We were delighted to host a group of Steamin’ Billy managers, staff and friends last week, to say thank you for their continued support.

Derek & VanParcel YardThe day started in Old Dalby where Owner/Master Brewer Colin Brown and GM/Head Brewer Derek Orford were chauffeur driven to the Parcel Yard in Leicester along with a few treats from the brewery.

 
Raspberry 1As an option for breakfast, a special fortified version of our Old Dalby, with a sweet raspberry twist was available. This was the first of three “specials” made specifically for the day.

Damson GinNext stop was the Dog & Gun at Syston, where our Star Bitter fortified with Damson Gin was available. We nearly picked up a stowaway at this point as members of the group encouraged a colleague working at the pub to join us, but he resisted (manfully).

Last stop before the brewery was the Horse & Trumpet. The Sun was shining brightly, and we’d developed some momentum as we headed towards the brewery. All of our beers are available on draught and in bottle at the Alehouse, and our guests made the most of the opportunity to sample.

Alehouse 2Belvoir BottlesAlehouse 3It was then time for lunch with Long Clawson Stilton, Red Leicester, and Lincolnshire Poacher from the Melton Cheeseboard, hand-raised pork pies from Dickinson & Morris, and chutney made with our own Melton Red beer in Beeston by Bob Pitchfork. With everybody well fed Colin led the brewery tour, showing the group exactly how and where Steamin’ Billy Bitter, Skydiver and Tipsy Fisherman are brewed alongside our own Belvoir beers.

Brewery Tour Brewery Tour 2 Brewery Tour 3

 

It was really encouraging for all of us at the brewery to hear how highly our beer quality is rated by our most important customers. We know the beer tastes great, but we also do our utmost as brewers to ensure the beer is easy to handle in the pub cellar and we really appreciate the feedback that we’re seen as “Mr. Reliable”.

Colin & CraigStill a little thirsty, we made another visit to the Dog & Gun on the way back, and then finished the day back at The Parcel Yard.

We would like to thank the respective licensees that hosted us on our journey, and everyone in the group for giving up their working day to spend it with us (it was a tough day, but someone had to do it!). The only thing that remains is to reserve a date for next year!