Established in 2005, Cotswold Brew Co is an independent brewery based in Gloucestershire and was the first lager micro-brewery in the UK.  Their mission is to brew premium quality lager styles that offer drinkers more choice in flavours and styles. With a nod to the marvellous old school brewhouses of Bavaria, Cotswold Brew Co brew in a classic way, adding their own twist and developing brewing methods to enhance natural flavours. The original intention for their brewery was to make lager that tasted as good as those found in Bavaria, at a time when almost all lager in the UK was mass-produced and of relatively inferior quality.

Their Story

Rick and Emma Keene established the Cotswold Brew Co way back in 2005 when they identified a gap in the market for an authentic lager brewed in the UK. Rick’s intention for his new brewery was to make lager that tasted as good as those found in Bavaria, at a time when almost all lager in the UK was mass-produced and of relatively inferior quality. Cotswold Brew Co has always focused on lager but for many years chose to limit supply to the immediate area so that the Keene’s could maintain a work/life balance with their young family. It has only been the last 18 months that Cotswold Brew Co products have been available nationally.

Cotswold Premium Lager was first served to customers in September 2005. Rick was adamant he would only ever brew one style of lager but here we are 16 years later with the widest and most comprehensive range of lagers in the UK, so he clearly lost that battle…!

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