Tillingbourne Brewery near Shere – the great Surrey beer tour
PUBLISHED: 16:40 15 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:40 15 June 2017
Taking its name from the river that runs through the Surrey Hills, Tillingbourne Brewery sprung into life in 2011 in an off the beaten track location near Shere
Old Scotland Farm, Staple Lane, Shere, Surrey GU5 9TE
Tel: 01483 222228
Person interviewed: Lee Nicholls, co-owner
Your best-seller? Falls Gold, which is a lightly hopped golden ale. With the ever increasing trend of drinkers moving over from malty beers to hoppy beers, we wanted to produce a lightly hopped clean tasting ale that would not assault the taste buds of drinkers who were not used to hoppy beers. In 2013-2014, CAMRA voted it as “The Champion Golden Ale of London & South East” and commented that it was a delicious golden ale with a taste appealing to everyone.
Your personal fave? Hop Troll. It is an American style IPA which is packed with seven varieties of hops and lots of them. Together, each hop adds a level of complexity to the beer which carries all the way through from the nose to the after taste. Although one of the hoppiest beers in Surrey, it is the one which traditional ale drinkers warm to the most.
Your most unique? Summit IPA. It is a powerful 6.6% deep copper ale with the very noticeable taste of Galaxy hops from Australia. That said, in July we will be selling our first sour beer called “Surrey Sour” which should raise the eyebrows of many beer lovers.
One you wish was yours… Hop Back Brewery’s Summer Lightning. It’s the original golden hoppy beer, first brewed back in the late 80s and the one which started the micro-brewery boom.
What’s next stage for your brewery? Since we started back in 2011, the numbers of new micro-breweries starting up has exploded to a stage where I believe it has now reached saturation. With some of the smaller less popular breweries now closing, I believe that the market will find its own sustainable level within the next couple of years. Until then, we only have a modest expansion plan to implement next year which will help us solidify our reputation for brewing quality beers with consistent clarity and quality.
Finally, where’s the best place for people to try your beer? We supply our beers to over 50 pubs in and around Surrey as well as off-licences, wine shops and beer specialist shops such as Corbetts in Dorking. The Stephan Langton Inn in Friday Street is where you can always find at least three of our beers on tap and apart from the brewery, it is also where most of our new beers can first be sampled.
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