As part of our regular Meet The Brewer Sessions, we catch up with the creators of some of our favourite beers.
This week, we find out more about not-for-profit enterprise, Brewgooder - whose Clean Water Lager we are delighted to feature in our Pub in a Box.
We spoke to Special Projects and Campaign Research specialist Abby who tells us about how the Enterprise was launched, with the mission of bringing clean water to a million people, 6500 publicly donated beers for frontline NHS staff, and keeping sanity during lockdown…
Tell us about Brewgooder.
Brewgooder launched on World Water Day in 2016 with a mission to bring clean water to 1 million people. The idea came after our founder, Alan Mahon came down with a water borne illness when travelling abroad, and it really hit home how fortunate he was to have such easy access to healthcare, medicines and clean water. Combined with his new found passion for craft beers, Brewgooder was born. We are a social enterprise with 100% of our profits going towards our clean water mission.
As a small team of 5, we are split across two offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow. We also don't have our own brewery; we first started contract brewing with BrewDog who very generously brew at zero margin for us. We also recently began contract brewing our two new core beers with Fourpure who have also been incredible in supporting our mission.
Who are you?
I'm Abby! I'm our Special Projects and Campaign Research specialist, but with such a small team, I chip in wherever is necessary. I'm the newest member of the team having joined 5 months ago. I previously worked at BrewDog for just under 4 years and I'm a massive beer geek!
How have you found lockdown? Both personally and as a business?
Personally, I've found lockdown generally not too bad. I've gone through ups and downs like most of us have, but I've found that sticking to a routine is helpful. I miss the pub though! I'm very grateful to still be working as that significantly helps to keep busy and sane!
As a business Brewgooder has suffered to an extent like all businesses have, but we are grateful that it has given us the opportunity to do a campaign closer to home; our One On Us campaign saw the public donating over 6,500 packs of Clean Water Lager to hard working NHS staff.
The biggest blow for us was the cancellation of our Global Gathering Events, which were due to take place across the UK and the world on March 20th-22nd, the weekend that all the pubs went into lockdown! Over 250 breweries had gone to such amazing efforts to brew beers to raise money for our mission, and sadly a lot of these events were postponed or cancelled, meaning we lost a lot of fundraising. The good news is that a lot of these breweries have been incredible and are committing to their fundraising, so now Global Gathering beers have been popping up every few weeks which is really exciting!
Can you tell us a bit more about Clean Water Lager?
Clean Water Lager has been at the epicentre of Brewgooder since our launch in 2016. Until this year it was our only core beer, and so pretty much all of the profits raised so far are because of this beer. We wanted to put a spin on traditional lagers, and so used Sorachi Ace hops which give the beer a subtle citrusy lemon zest flavour. We also use a small amount of wheat in the malt bill alongside Pilsner and Pale malts to create a fuller body and smooth mouthfeel. It is crisp, zesty and of course, life saving!
Do you have any plans for new brews?
Alan always has new ideas and plans for the future, most of which I'm not at liberty to say right now!
We did recently launch two new core beers; Moyo Juice our 3.9% mango and passion fruit pale ale , and Chilloozy our 3.7% Session IPA (named after the Malawian village Chiluzi, the first village we helped with our projects.
We are also looking at more collabs in the next 12 months, so expect to see more of that!
You can keep up to date with Brewgooder by following them online and on social media: