FOR THE BIG THINKERS
We are reinvigorating a lost tradition for the people who do it all. Those who THINK BIG for their tomorrow, who seek quality of ingredients & conversation, who challenge the existing and embrace innovation. For us, big thinking means pioneering a new process of brewing. We have built a bespoke brewing kit dedicated to the production of lower alcohol beer up to 2.8% ABV – the world's first dedicated small beer brewery!
"Grounding each step within the craftsmanship of old,
SMALL BEER ® is rooted in history, but made for today."
JAMES GRUNDY, CO-FOUNDER
We make our beer with only the finest ingredients and natural carbonation. Our beers also spend a minimum of 6 weeks lagering in vessel to give them their undeniably clean yet pronounced flavour profiles.
Our brewing kit allows us to brew our beer to strength, so that we don't need to remove the alcohol in any way. Instead we take the time and care to maximise flavour over alcohol creation.
You won’t see any vacuum distilling, reverse osmosis, filtration, processing, added stabilisers, arrested fermentation, clarifiers, isinglass, in our process.
Just water, malted barley, hops, oats & yeast!
"Much like making bread...brewing great beer is a process of time, care and attention."
FELIX JAMES, CO-FOUNDER
You might think we use fewer ingredients to brew to a lower strength, but that's far from the truth! We source only the best quality malt and hop varieties and use twice the typical amount of ingredients per percentage point brewed.
SMALL BEER: THE HISTORY
In a world where drinking water could be fatal, small beer was enjoyed in households, workplaces and even schools across the country for its hydrating and nutritional properties. A staple of British daily life in the 1700’s, it was traditionally always brewed between 0.5 - 2.8% ABV.
With the provision of clean drinking water in the 19th century, the requirement for small beer passed and the art of its creation was lost.
At the Small Beer Brew Co. we specialise solely in the production of this historic beer style so rich in history!
We’re proud to call South Bermondsey our home, with the brewery nestled in between South Bermondsey station & the Old Kent Road. Pop in and you'll find us brewing the very best Small Beer, but when the kit is at rest & the tanks are gently lagering, you’ll find a space filled with live music, art exhibitions, talks, and yoga. It’s a space for community, and a place to raise a glass with friends.