Drinkers across the West Country are raising their glasses to toast 15 years of top tipples from Baths Abbey Ales. Alan Morgan set up Abbey fifteen years ago – reviving a brewing tradition in the city that had been lost for decades.
And, to this day Abbey Ales are still Baths only brewery and based at Camden Row.
The firm’s first pint was produced in October 1997 and since then the brewery has been awarded many prizes for its flagship best bitter Bellringer.
Over the years the Abbey also added a range of guest and seasonal beers, such as Black Friar, Bath Star, Chorister and this Christmas it will produce its popular seasonal strong 5.0% abv Twelfth Night winter warmer plus a new beer brewed to a lower abv of 3.8% Abbey Christmas.
Bellringer in a 500ml bottle is also proving very popular with Baths wine bars and restaurants.
Mr Morgan said: “When we started we made the decision to just supply to fifteen mile radius of Bath Abbey and this we feel has been one of the secrets of our success, we are known affectionately as the Beer of Bath. Everyone we talk to seems amazed that it has been fifteen years and repeatedly tell us how quickly it’s gone. Many of our customers have been with us since day one. We still have the same team at the brewery but my son Simon is now taking on more of the day to day running of the brewery whilst I concentrate more on our pubs The Star Inn, The Coeur De Lion, The Assembly Inn and the recently added and refurbished Trinity Inn all situated in Baths city centre.”
To mark the company’s fifteenth birthday Bellringer Maximus which was introduced on the brewery’s 10th birthday beer has been brewed again and will go on sale in and around Bath from the 29/10/2012.