We spend a moment with Jordan Mower of Unbarred Brewery to talk history, values and the future of Unbarred. As always, we hope you enjoy the interview.
So, can you tell us how it all started for you?
It started with home brewing. That turned into an addiction and I still can’t kick the habit.
How many are in your team currently?
Were there any mishaps / funny moments along the way leading to now?
Working with mobile canners was a regular mishap. We now have our own canning line.
What are the values of your brewery?
UnBarred Brewery crafts exciting, hop-forward beers from outside the rule-book. We brew with care, using natural carbonation and no finings for maximum flavour. Blending Belgian yeasts, big US hops and local produce, we deliver punchy beer with a modern twist
What made you decide on your bottle / label style and theme?
I’m very lucky that one of my close friends is an amazing graphic designer. Thomas Lacey. He’s been with me from day one, helping turn our passion into a vision.
With that in mind what is your signature brew and what makes it stand out?
I don’t think we have a specific signature brew but we do love to combine different styles and come up with a concept and challenge ourselves to make it into a beer, like our Tropic Soda or Granola IPA
What do you love about brewing and the industry in general?
The fact that you can be as creative as you want and share that with the world. When you get to interact with customers that really get what you’re doing and even criticism helps to make us brew better beer. The industry is ever evolving and I don’t see any restrictions to how far we can push boundaries.
Are you attending any festivals in the coming months?
None planned due to our new kit and upgrades at the brewery.
What are your plans for the future and where do you think the industry is headed?
More options for customers and more customers converting to modern styles of beers and embracing the industry. All independent breweries need to continue to work together to increase a bigger share of the market and let the customer win in return
Are there any breweries that you admire for what they are producing?
We’ve just been to the West Coast and we’re particular impressed with Modern Times Brewing. They have grown pretty big but their values are still true to the beer. They are constantly trying to improve and use new techniques. They deserve every success
Finally, what is the best way for our readers to pick up a bottle or two?
Our online shop should be up in Feb 2018. We distribute across Brighton, Worthing, and London with the odd pub and shop in between.
UnBarred Brewery started in a tiny kitchen in a flat in Hove. We now do this full-time, brewing with care to help make the world (and beer) a little better.
We are always looking to innovate and make delicious new beers that won’t be found in the rule-book.