Showing posts from October, 2020

Cuckoo Brewing at Riverside

This week we paid host to He Brews , a community brewing group based in Shoreham-by-Sea. Like many up-and-coming breweries, they have the ideas to make a great beer and the client base, but not the facilities to brew at a commercial scale. This is where we step in, and this is called Cuckoo Brewing. We hire out our brewery and facilities for two days — the first for brewing day, and the second two weeks later for racking* (*more on that below). The 'cuckoo brewery' have access to all our our kit, including temperature-controlled fermenting vessel and canning machine or bottling/casking facilities on racking day. We are also on hand to offer any steer or guidance that they need. If this is a cuckoo brewery’s first brew on commercial kit, the jump up from home brew can be a little overwhelming. With Keith and Mike’s cool demeanours and years of expertise, they are in safe hands. As Josh of He Brews commented: "Riverside continues to be the perfect place for us to brew. The t

The state of the brewing industry

  Our Directors Mike and Keith were interviewed by the Shoreham Herald last week for their take on the state of the industry, in light of the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic, and how it's impacted us at Riverside Brewery. Isabella Cipirska from the paper took notes as they spoke about the industry-wide 49% drop in sales compared to 2019, even after the re-opening of bars and pubs. They also discussed how small breweries like ours also now face the very real possibility of the government rolling back its Small Breweries tax relief, bringing extra financial hardship. With the funds from the grant which was made available to small businesses starting to run dry, and many of the Christmas markets that we would normally attend being cancelled, the near future looks tough.  But, it’s not all doom and gloom — Keith and Mike also discussed how it was always our intention to roll out an online store and to offer home deliveries, but as the pandemic took hold, we decided to implement thos