Penultimate list of brewers announced – Magic Rock and Tempest

Magic Rock Brewing Co.

Magic Rock Brewing Co. is the result of three people’s passion for beer. Brothers Richard and Jonny Burhouse aided by head brewer Stuart Ross were inspired to start the brewery by their love of great beer and the burgeoning U.S craft beer scene in particular. Driven by a desire to bring exciting, characterful beers to their local market and beyond, brewing in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, commenced mid 2011. After just 6 months of production, Magic Rock Brewing was voted 2nd best new brewery in the world 2012 out of 1437 new breweries world wide on the online ratings site Recent barrel ageing experiments with Bearded Lady and Cannonball are just a glimpse of where Magic Rock brewing is going.

“We’re delighted to have been invited to participate in the 1st Indy Man Beer Con, the UK has been crying out for this type of festival showcasing the more innovative end of the beer market and we can’t think of better people to be organising it than the Port St. guys. We’re really looking forward to pouring our beers for the attendees, hanging out with the other brewers and drinking great beer! We’ve got some special Magic lined up, including a couple of our new barrel aged projects which we’re really excited about. Indymanbeercon is shaping up to be the unmissable UK beer event of the year…”

We’re over the moon that Magic Rock will be joining the IMBC festivities and can’t wait to taste what they bring along!

Tempest Brewing Company

Hailing from Kelso, Scotland, Tempest Brewing Co. is run by chef and publican Gavin Meiklejohn, who began homebrewing whilst living in New Zealand. Previous experience in Canada had exposed Gavin to North American craft beers. Upon returning to Scotland, Gavin took charge of The Cobbles Inn in Kelso, and started brewing for the pub, and it remains the brewery tap. He then was joined by Allan Rice, who also gained experience abroad in New Zealand and then became business manager at Stewart Brewing in Edinburgh. Here is how Tempest describe their origins, brewing philosophy and their involvement with IMBC:

“Founded in 2010 by chef and publican Gavin Meiklejohn to brew beers on an 800l plant for our freehouse pub and restaurant, within a couple of months we realised that 800L was not enough, so we cut, welded, re-piped and polished the rest of the brewhouse into a 1600L brew length. Our brewery was never state of the art, but it has plenty of character and its been designed by us to make our beer in our own unique way. It’s been a whirlwind of eighteen or so months, we have gained recognition for our approach to cutting edge brewing, for us we don’t want to be influenced by the latest industry trends, we simply brew beers that we like to drink, packaging our flavour forward products in cask, keg and bottle.

Our brewery has reached its maximum capacity which limits the events we can do, so it’s great to be involved with the inaugural IMBC and we hope it will just be the start of something bigger in years to come. It’s an awesome opportunity for anyone involved with beer, be it drinking it, brewing it to be part of an event that is truly open and is a great chance for people to get to meet the brewers, learn about ingredients, and embrace the passion that goes into the beers and those that enjoy them.

We are currently thinking of something special to do, we have a million and one ideas, I’m sure we will settle for one of them!!”

We at IMBC are very excited that Tempest are along for the ride!

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