Thursday, 30 May 2019

Witches' Brew

Kinver Brewery and metal band Witchfinder General meet at the Kinver Constitutional Club to celebrate the launch of the brewery's latest brew "Witchfinder General", a dark beer with a cream head.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019



Kinver Brewery is an award winning independent brewery located on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Kinver, just 1 mile from the centre of the village and close to Kinver Edge and the troglodyte Rock Houses.
Kinver Brewery,  Compton, Kinver,  Stourbridge,  DY7 5NW, West Midlands 
 The brewery was established in 2004 by Dave Kelly and Ian Davies, and the first beers were launched to the general public at the Dudley Winter Ales Fair in November 2004, with extra supplies having to be drafted in after quickly selling out.

The brewery was originally located in the village centre, but relocated in 2012 due to development plans for the original site, and were lucky to find new premises at Rocky Wall probably the only suitable site within the parish. The move to the new brewery provided the opportunity to grow, and capacity was increased with the installation of a new liquor tank, mash tun, and copper with further expansions planned with additional larger fermenters.

Traditional floor malted Maris Otter barley and hops from a wide range of sources including Worcestershire, America, Czech Rebublic and Germany are used to brew distinctive golden and hoppy beers, milds and stouts. 

Kinver Brewery has won many National and Local awards, and Kinver "Over the Edge" was the Gold Medal Champion Winter Beer of Great Britain in 2014 in the barley wine & strong old ale category. Browse our web site for a virtual visit to the Brewery,  and to find out about the Kinver Brewery Company.   

If you have any questions or would like to speak with the brewers please call us on 07715842679 or 07906146777 or e-mail us at

We only use 4 ingredients to produce our beers - malted barley, water, hops and yeast. We also use finings for clarity.

Kinver Brewery, Unit 1 Britch Farm, Rocky Wall, Compton, Kinver, Staffordshire, DY7 5NW
Registered Office - The Kinver Brewery Limited, 1 Franchise Street, Kidderminster, Worcs, DY11 6RE.  Registered in England 069337607

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Kinver Beer Clips and Fonts


Kinver Brewery are pleased to be associated with the artist Karen Perrins who has been commissioned for the splendid artwork for the collectable Kinver Brewery beer pump clips. 
Karen  has over sixteen years experience of illustration commissions in the UK and USA.  Her clients include Ragged Bears, Oxford University Press, Macmillan, Quarto Children's Books, Lindt and Sprungli, TES, Harcourt International (USA), Cambium Learning (USA), The Book Guild, Parragon, Folens, Minerva, A & C Black, Reed Books, Splimple, Bender Richardson White, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, A Child's World (USA), Scholastic and of course Kinver Brewery.
Karen works in watercolour, pastels, oil pastels and printmaking techniques. Her work can be found in children's books, commissioned greetings cards, book jackets, packaging design, editorial work and Kinver Brewery beer clips.
The Kinver Brewery beer pump clips are popular collectables for breweriana collectors,  and many can now be found for sale on e-bay or can even be converted to a clock
A beer engine is name of the beer dispenser device for manually pumping beer from a cask in the pub's cellar to the bar.  It was invented by John Lofting, a Dutch inventor, merchant, and manufacturer who moved from Amsterdam to London around 1688.  He became an English citizen and patented a number of inventions including a device for pumping beer.  The London Gazette of 17 March 1691 stated "the patentee hath also projected a very useful engine for starting of beers and other liquors which will deliver from 20 to 30 barrels an hour which are completely fixed with brass joints and screws at reasonable rates."
The locksmith and hydraulic engineer Joseph Bramah developed the beer pump handle in 1797, co-incidentally  the same year as the Stourbridge wine and Kinver Beer merchant, Nickolls and Perks were founded.    Bramah also invented the Bramah Water Closet in 1778, an important predecessor of the pub loo.
The beer engine pulls the beer through a flexible pipe from the cask to the spout, below which the glass is placed.  A nozzle on the spout controls the amount of head on the beer.  When Bramah invented the beer engine, the cellar was typically below the bar, but today there can be a considerable distance from the cellar to the beer engine and many publicans use gas pressure to assist the movement of the beer from the cellar to the bar to prevent the beer being sucked back up the pipe from the glass.

Strangers Bar, House of Commons
A skilled barman will hold the glass at an angle to the pump whilst filling the glass, gradually moving the glass upright as it fills. The glass should not be filled, and the beer should be allowed to settle for a brief period before topping up to ensure that a full pint of Kinver beer is served.
The clip is attached to the handle by a spring clip giving the brand name of the Kinver Beer as well as the alcoholic strength of the beer being served through that handpump.  A much more stylish and practical bar pump than the large,  tasteless fonts that decorate a simple on or off valve for CO2 dispensed keg beer.
The handle of a handpump is often used as a symbol of cask ale.
Information on the beer engine is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Hop Aboard Kinver Brewery

The Admirals of the Ultra good ship 'Kinver Brewery' have set a Target, hoping to continue the Tradition of brewing champion beers and earn more Brewers Gold and Bullion CAMRA or SIBA awards for their truly Citra (Sanskrit term meaning “wonderful") beers.

A decisive Challenge was taken to move the brewery to new premises in the Summer of 2012. The new brewery is just a short Northdown hop over the Horizon from the smaller Pioneer brewery premises at the former Kinver Crystal glassworks site,  which was close to the centre of Kinver village which can trace its origins back to Saxon times.  A Chinook helicopter might have been helpful to move the equipment and materials.

The new brewery at Britch Farm, Compton, is the Phoenix the Brewery,  the Liberty of a dream to be at the Vanguard of brewing award winning ales. Kinver was once described as the Switzerland of The Midlands, but there is certainly no Mount Hood or Mount Rainer near Kinver.

The Pilot beers from the novel tilting mash tun, and new copper produced beers of such Sterling quality that "Over the Edge" soon achieved First Gold in the Strong Bitter category in 2012.  A new fermenter was subsequently installed to increase capacity in 2013,  permitting bottled beers to be introduced to Herald the Progress made since moving to the more Northern Brewery location, whilst ensuring Glacier temperatures were not achieved in the winter months.

The brewery reached it's Zenith in 2014 achieving the Summit for the best Strong Ale and Barley Wine in the UK at the CAMRA Great British Beer Festival (GBBF).

The Millennium brew was produced  in 2015, and the busy brewers who had worked at the speed of a Comet to make a thousand brews, could take a well earned rest and Wai-te for the wort to Cascade from the hot liquor tank into the larger 12 barrel capacity mash tun.  Perhaps having a Bramling  apple, a slice of Huell Melon or even a tasty chicken Nugget and a cup of Columbia coffee for lunch before sampling the quality of their latest brew. Of course, without getting too Fuggled to find their way to Amarillo in the hop store, to Select the  Super Alpha index of the Boadicea, Goldings, Newport, Simcoe, Azacca, Ahtanum or other international hop varieties that might be chosen for their next brew.

A Cluster of bottled Zythos (Egyptian name for beer) is available for Pilgrims who visit Kinver from the village off-licence, Kinver Vino at 113 High Street,  Kinver, Staffordshire, DY7 6HL.  Whilst the beer is not available by the Magnum, 500ml bottles are hopping off the shelves and Kinver Brewery Endeavour to meet demand.  Follow the Mozaic block pavement from one of the many free public car parks in the village to Vino.  Draught Kinver on a hand pump is a regular at The Vine, and often a guest ale at the Southern Cross Inn, be sure to look for the distinctive font clips.

The brewery take Super-Pride in the quality and taste of their king El Dorado beers, and "Over the Edge" is again the Sovereign of strong ale in the West Midlands in 2018,  having Beatan off strong competition to Triumph. Whilst future accolades might be in the hands of the gods Apollo or Zeus, the future of Kinver Brewery will continue to shine like a Saphir or the pole star Polaris in the hands of Dave and Ian.

Hop aboard and enjoy a pint of the Perle beer of the West Midlands! Bravo!  Or Prost as the brewery Warrier KinverDave Saaz!

Why not Hop into the Stourbridge Beer Festival on 26th to 28th February 2018 to sample Mother of Flagons -Styrian Dragon hops, Light Railway - English Goldings and US Cascade hops, or Kinver Edge

All words in green are names of hops. Admiral, Target,  Brewers Gold,  Bullion, Challenger, Northdown, Pioneer, Phoenix, Pilot, Sovereign, First Gold, Beata, Herald, Progress, Northern Brewer, Bramling, Cascade, Fuggles, Goldings, Whitbread Goldings Variety, Pilgrim and Endeavour are English hops used for brewing. Information about American hops can be found here