Beer is a wonderful thing. Drinking a truly great beer is one of those pleasures that makes you feel glad to be alive. To be involved in what is undoubtedly the most vibrant and exciting UK brewing scene in history, making modern beer alongside some of the best breweries is truly exciting, and a privilege. To make great beer that brings some of that life-affirming pleasure to people is what we aspire to. We make delicious, new beers for the bold and the curious.
WHY ELECTRIC BEAR?
The name of our brewery comes from the old Bear Brewery that used to stand on the corner of the Wellsway, next to the Bear Inn in the Bear Flat area of Bath. Electric derives from how we power our brewhouse kettle (AKA the ‘copper’ – the vessel used to boil the wort during brewing). That original Bear Brewery is now gone – the victim of a WWII Baedeker bombing raid in April 1942. But we are Electric Bear. Brewing here is back – bigger and better than ever.
We were all home brewers. Some of us still are, in our spare time. Chris founded the brewery to escape a small garage which had no running water and no drainage. This was where he home-brewed on a 20L Speidel Braumeister, traipsing in and out of the house for water and cleaning, generally making some decent beer, but also a lot of mess.
The desire to make things sits deep within us all, and homebrewers are particularly passionate artisans. With some homebrewers that passion extends to fashioning their own equipment to make the beer; we have always seen things differently. We think great kit gives you the best chance to make great beer consistently. So Electric Bear Brewing Co. was born from the dream of escaping the garage, increasing capacity and building a brand-new brewery creating great, innovative, delicious, modern beer that delivers on that ‘glad to be alive’ vibe.
Our approach to brewing is simple: we want to produce consistently great tasting beers of all styles from easy-drinking ales to highly-hopped, high strength beers – from our core range to our experimental small batch nanobrews.
Starting the brewery has been a journey and not a day goes by where we don’t learn something new. Challenging, yes. Hard work, yes. Worth it? Yes!