It was growing up in a pub in London that gave Sam Burke the taste for creating her own beers in the Cotswolds. Based in Blockley, Sam set up her microbrewery in 2017 making two beers – Blockley Blonde and Shin Kickers.
Her focus is on local produce made with knowledge and care and the beers certainly support this ethos. All the ingredients – the hops, yeast and malt, and even the bottles – are British, and the beers’ names have local connections – Blockley Blonde is named after Sam’s home village and Shin Kickers is one of the events at the Cotswold Olimpicks, held annually at Dover’s Hill near Chipping Campden.
‘It all began when my family moved to the pub, The St George’s Tavern in Camberwell, London, I was three. At the age of five, the doctor recommended that I should drink a small amount of Guinness each day as a good source of iron which I did pouring it straight from the pump. At seven I told my parents I preferred lager. And so my love of beer began!
Burke’s Beers is named after my family and brewed in the beautiful village of Blockley in the Cotswolds. It is a very small brewery, nano, in fact and I brew, bottle and label everything by hand. The beers are made traditionally with love and care and are conditioned in the bottle and are unfined and unfiltered so just the basic ingredient. I use only British malts, hops and yeast and even the bottles are made in Britain. All the grain goes to a local farm and the hops are composted.
Shin Kickers Pale Ale is named after one of the events in The Cotswold Olimpicks held in Chipping Campden every year at Dover’s Hill just down the road from the brewery.
Blockley Blonde is named after the village I live in, one of the hidden treasures of The Cotswolds and the centre of the silk trade in the 18th and 19th century.
Local produce, made with knowledge and care, I hope you enjoy the beers. Cheers!’
Sam Burke (Samantha!)