By Anjola Sulaiman
Opening a little over six years ago, the Brewhouse and Kitchen in Gloucester became the eighth branch to join the growing chain which has expanded to a current total of twenty-three nationwide branches. Its attractive location in the Gloucester Quays has made it an unmissable venue, with the branch having been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in 2017.
The brewpub distinguishes itself with a dedication to creating a range of core and seasonal premium craft beer that are brewed on site in their very own microbrewery. The beer is unique to each pub, where brewers create signature beers from a set catalogue with their own creative stamp. In the Gloucester branch, they have named their beers after the great and the good of Gloucestershire, past and present. The customers are always considered in the beers that are made, with the branch having a ‘guest choice’ beer, where two or three beers are given as options and customers get the opportunity to vote on which beer gets made and served at the brewpub.
The outstanding quality of their beer is ensured by their senior brewer, David Quinn, whose background consists of a PhD in chemistry and a masters degree in brewing and distilling. His passion for brewing is evident as he carries out his responsibility of creating and brewing all the beer served in the Gloucester Brewhouse and Kitchen, with all his hard work earning him the title of ‘Brewhouse and Kitchen 2021 Brewer of the Year’, across all branches nationally. Remarking on his role, he said “It is a multifaceted job role as brewers are insular and passionate people, but you cannot afford to be that in Brewhouse and Kitchen as the role is very customer focused. I thoroughly enjoy speaking with customers about the beers and the creative process, as well as being a figurehead for the quality of the premium beer we serve.”
The food is just as important to the brewpub, and the Gloucester branch staff are passionate about serving excellent, and accessible quality meals with a community experience. An interesting fact is that the beer is also used in the cooking process, with dishes such as their cheese sauce or chicken being infused with their beer. The General Manager Matt, who has worked in hospitality for 20 years, said “People are at the heart of what we do, we are focused on every guest having the best experience and we take pride in our fun and friendly atmosphere. Our staff are passionate about providing the best service and our goal is to continue to maintain our high standard as a premium brewpub.”
Brewhouse and Kitchen are all about creating a sense of community either by creating a welcoming and open atmosphere at their venue or holding events and masterclasses. They have designated quiet spots with Wi-Fi and power sockets available to prebook as workspaces, with a choice of a variety of lunch options and unlimited soft drinks or draught.
They hold beer, gin, and beer and whiskey masterclasses as well, where members of the public can book places to be tutored by specialists on brewing technique while experiencing refined tastings with the option of an added meal. They also host brewery experience days where customers can book to get the chance to spend the day brewing beer with their award-winning brewer. There is a special edition of the experience day coming up for the ‘International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day’ on 8th of March, where women are invited to the brewpub to visit a brewery experience day for free.
Find out more about Brewhouse and Kitchen here: https://www.brewhouseandkitchen.com/