Today marks three years since we first started brewing in our big white shed on Whitby Road, Bristol. The first brew was of course Keller Pils, our understated flagship, which now comprises the majority of our sales and enjoys distribution across the UK and further afield – we’re constantly thrilled at the reception this amazing little beer is receiving by drinkers!
Some amazing facts and figures from our first three years:
- 469 brews, with two brews being dumped due to quality.
- Lowest sales week ever – 317 pints. You can only imagine the sheer feeling of dread when you have a brewery in a massive shed and that’s all you’ve sold… my word, very humbling to say the least!
- Biggest sales week ever – 41,889 pints. That felt good. 🙂
- We now employ 14 team members, with another coming on board next week!
Throughout our first three years we’ve stayed true to our original values of humble, inclusive, clever and raw: these four simple words define us and how we aim to remain as a business. We support creativity and compassion where possible which has led us to working with folk such as the Martin Parr Foundation who do amazing work fostering up-and-coming UK photography talent, Jamaica St Studios for their annual open studios fundraising event, Caring in Bristol and Foodcycle Bristol, amongst many others. We’ve been proud to have our beer pouring at major events such as Love Saves the Day, Shindig and The Downs Festival, and recently supplied Keller Pils to the Bristol Pride festival where it was both the draught and canned lager option for revellers. We’re proud to have been a Living Wage Foundation accredited brewer since our inception – one of only 27 in a country that has +2500 breweries. We feel that our membership of the foundation is important as it sets the tone for the sort of employer we aspire to be.
This past year has seen us make investment in our taproom which now provides locals and visitors the opportunity to sample our beers at the source – the freshest Keller Pils in the country! We are in the midst of our third year of our Summer Brewhouse Sessions in which we showcase both our beer and those of our industry friends, and are already looking ahead to our third annual Winter Beer Blowout. Our taproom is a welcoming and inclusive space for everyone.
We have been seeing some big surges in sales in recent times, and are now on the cusp of our first major expansion by way of 4 x 150HL fermentation vessels! We cannot wait for these new additions to hit the deck in October so we can brew like mad ahead of Christmas! We are already looking at further expansion in 2020 to enable us to keep stocks up of our smaller brands, and so that we can continue to crank out amazing limited release beers.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our friends, families, shareholders, customers, suppliers and team who’ve helped us create something special. We are so proud of our team who continue to go the extra mile without being asked. Our team currently consists of:
- Alejandro Troncoso – Co-founder and Head Brewer
- Andy Molloy – Brewer
- Annie Clements – Co-founder and Creative Lead
- Bob Clark – National Sales Manager
- Howard Ridgeon – Taproom
- Jade Harris – Admin and Events
- James Holmes – Deliveries
- Kevin McSweeney – Bristol Sales
- Laurence Brown – Brewer
- Martin Wollerstam – Taproom
- Matt Thompson – Brewer
- Matt Wickham – Brewery Assistant
- Mikey Harvey – Operations Coordinator
- Sara Gray – Taproom
Our name Lost and Grounded Brewers was a deliberate choice rather than calling ourselves “Lost and Grounded Brewery” as it’s the above team that will ultimately make the difference – otherwise the brewery is simply a bunch of stainless steel in a big white shed.
Catch you for a pint of Keller Pils soon!
Lost and Grounded Brewers xx