Electric Bear Brewing Co. was born out of a love for creating great tasting, finely crafted artisan beers. Named after the old Bear Brewery in Bath that was destroyed by German bombing in 1942, the owners have put together an experienced, multi-skilled team to make distinctive and delicious beers for beer lovers of all sorts, from “hop head” craft beer aficionados to real ale cask beer drinkers.
As well as their excellent core range of beers, Electric Bear are constantly and consistently innovating new and exciting beers – from celebratory monthly Single Hop beers which only use one hop in the brewing process, to quarterly alternating Red and Brown Ales.
The name of the Electric Bear brewery comes from the old Bear Brewery that used to stand on the corner of the Wellsway, next to the Bear Inn in the Bear Flat area of Bath. Electric derives from how they power their brewhouse kettle (AKA the ‘copper’ – the vessel used to boil the wort during brewing).
That original Bear Brewery is now gone – the victim of a WWII Baedeker bombing raid in April 1942. But they are Electric Bear. Brewing here is back – bigger and better than ever.
Every member of the team were all home brewers. Some of them still are, in their spare time. Chris Lewis founded the brewery to escape a small garage which had no running water and no drainage. This was where he home-brewed on a 20L Speidel Braumeister, traipsing in and out of the house for water and cleaning, generally making some decent beer, but also a lot of mess.
The desire to make things sits deep within the entire team, and homebrewers are particularly passionate artisans. With some homebrewers, that passion extends to fashioning their own equipment to make the beer. The team believe that great kit gives you the best chance to make great beer consistently. So Electric Bear Brewing Co. was born from the dream of escaping the garage, increasing capacity and building a brand-new brewery creating great, innovative, delicious, modern beer that delivers on that ‘glad to be alive’ vibe.
Their approach to brewing is simple: they want to produce consistently great tasting beers of all styles from easy-drinking ales to highly-hopped, high strength beers – from their core range to experimental small batch nanobrews.