Microbrewery gets set to toast its success after launching ales

Posted by Rob Smyth | 08/07/2016 | Category: Food


A burgeoning real ale brewery is raising a glass to the news that its products are now being stocked by Central England Co-operative.

Bosses at Quartz Brewing, based in Kings Bromley, toasted the success of their range of ales and beers as they went on sale at nearby Central England Co-operative stores in Lichfield, Barton under Needwood and Branston.

Julia and Scott Barnett are the masterminds behind the successful microbrewery and revealed the venture was born following a conversation about their love of the brewing industry.

Julia said: “Scott and I were discussing how we enjoyed working in the brewing industry, him as an engineer for Bass Brewers (as they were before Coors) and me as a Brewer for Carlsberg Tetley; but wouldn’t it be great if we could pool our knowledge and start our own microbrewery?”

The couple used the skills they had gathered during years in the industry and Julia’s degree in microbiology to set up their own brewery.

As a small producer, Julia is a big supporter of using local products and services where she can.

She said: “Local producers are a big part of the regional economy. Also reducing food miles as much as possible is a very good thing as it reduces the distance that the food has to travel before being consumed.”

Quartz Brewing makes the most of the ingredients available in the region and, as a result, produces a huge range of beers with differing flavours and finishes.

The range of Quartz ales includes the fresh, fruity and light Crystal Ale and the dark amber, spicy-hopped Heart Ale.

All are described by Julia quite simply as: “Fresh, fruity-tasting ales made with the finest malted barley and continental hops.”

Asked what makes Quartz Ales different, Julia said: “Our products are all made from the finest malted barley and great-flavoured hops, to recipes devised by a female master brewer – me!”

Supporting local producers is important to Central England Co-operative. The business now stocks over 400 locally-sourced products in our stores, from fish smoked in a traditional smokehouse in Lowestoft to cakes from Fatherson Bakery in Alcester.


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