A Glass of Herts with Laura Vickers
PUBLISHED: 12:31 29 April 2014 | UPDATED: 12:31 29 April 2014
Seeking out the best in Hertfordshire’s drinks world: The 3 Brewers, St Albans
The 3 Brewers of St Albans are, well, three brewers in St Albans, and next month marks the company’s first anniversary. Nick (affectionately described as The Boffin, because he does the technical side of things), Mark and Pete joked about opening a brewery together after a bad week at work, but within a few months they were brewing their first ale.
What sets 3 Brewers apart is its focus on quality over quantity. The trio realised some smaller breweries can overstretch themselves by trying to maintain too wide a range of seasonal and novelty beers. Instead, they spent months perfecting two brews.
It’s a heartbreaking process, with many vats poured away, but the finished results are certainly worth it. As Mark says, ‘With 1,200 microbreweries in the UK, we don’t need another OK beer. A good product is not guaranteed success, but a mediocre product is guaranteed to fail.’
The current range includes the Classic, a wonderfully fresh, round and malty ale; and the Golden, a refreshing and pure ale, which is slightly crisper than the Classic, with more pineapple and citrus flavours. 3 Brewers is also putting the finishing touches to a stronger ale, which should be available at a pub near you soon.
The beers can be bought in kegs and bottles from Cellar Door Wines and The Beer Shop, both in St Albans, and other Herts’ establishments, while the company’s casks and polypin bags are becoming increasingly popular at weddings and parties. Find out where you can get your nearest pint at 3brewers.co.uk