This week we sat down with Mike from the amazing brewery called Brew By numbers. The brewery has made over 350 different beers, from hoppy, modern saisons; mixed fermentation farmhouse ales to vibrant dark coffee beers and nitro stouts. In addition, they have been ranked as one of the top 100 breweries in the world! Curious to find out more about these extraordinary products? Check out our interview below:
Company Name: Brew By Numbers
Company Location: Bermondsey, London
What you sell:
A range of modern and exploratory craft beer. Our range includes session IPAs, Pale Ales, Double Dry-Hopped Pale Ales, Double IPAs and a series of seasonal brews including Triple-fruited Goses, Saisons and Coffee Porters.
How did you came up with the company name idea?:
Though experimentation, Brew By Numbers progressed quickly by splitting batches and performing different tests on them. The winner of each batch would be brewed again, and the process repeated to find original flavour combinations. The numbering system attributed to these early gave rise to their name - Brew By Numbers. The first number was the beer style with the second number attributed to the recipe, for example the first beer was: 01|01, a "Hoppy Saison".
What’s the background story to how the company started?:
"Founders Tom Hutchings and Dave Seymour met while travelling in China on a rock climbing tour around Asia. After hanging out on the rocks (literally!) and riding motorbikes around the Vietnamese islands and hilly borderlands between Laos and Myanmar they formed a solid friendship.
In April 2011, Dave returned from travelling after two years in the Antipodes, drinking craft beer and doing some basic home brewing. At the same time, Tom – an old friend of Toby from the Kernel – was trying their fruity IPAs and Pale Ales featuring some amazing new world hops from the US. They both independently decided this new scene was something they wanted to be involved in…
By August of that year Dave and Tom, committed to opening their own microbrewery, had secured the use of a friend’s basement on Southwark Bridge Road and built a simple home brew kit, where Tom also lived at the time! Through reading books on brewing, researching online, asking for advice from friends in the industry and helping out in breweries for free, Tom and Dave taught themselves to brew.
Brew By Numbers continues to brew out of Bermondsey in South London, the home of the world-famous Bermondsey Beer Mile."
What has been your proudest moment(s) so far?:
"Last year we were excited to discover that our 05|Simcoe Summit IPA was ranked as Best Beer in London, 2019 by RateBeer.
It is a real privilege to be part of London's vibrant and innovative craft beer scene, and we are delighted to be ranked as one of the best (especially considering the incredible brewers in the city, many of whom we call our friends).
We’ve made an enormous variety of beer, but for all of our fabulous fruited gose and dank double IPAs, it’s the success of our more unassuming beers like the 05|Simcoe Summit IPA that really shows what we're about."
What makes you stand out from competitors?:
"As well as helping lead the way for hazy East Coast pale ales in the UK, BBNo is also seen as a pioneer on issues such as the importance of freshness, beer cold storage, and continues to be a major influence on taproom culture in London. We are described as an exploratory brewery with a commitment to learning, thoroughness and excellence in whatever we do.
Shout-out to any other independent producers you love?:
"There are plenty of brewing friends all over the world but a big shout out to The Kernel brewery in Bermondsey – their vibrant pale ales set the stage for our first steps into beer and they continue to be a progressive, world-class brewery.
Other producers we have worked with this year include amazing London distillery, Bimber Distillery from North Acton as well as Climpson & Sons coffee roasters."
Plans/hopes/dreams for the future?:
Off the back of a successful crowdfunding campaign we are looking to move the main brewing facility to a larger location. Alongside this, we are set to open a few more taproom spaces as well as upgrading our current on-site retail locations in Bermondsey and Peckham.
We hope you enjoyed this interview with Mike. If you want to see the range of Brew By Numbers products - check out their selection here.