A beer which started life in a Coventry garage five years ago has ended up on draught at one of the finest hotels in the UK.
Chris Cooper and Ritchie Bosworth founded Twisted Barrel Ale brewery in Chris’ garage and have since built it into a thriving brewery and tap house at FarGo Village in Coventry – and now their beer is on tap at Dormy House in the Cotswolds.
Four-star Dormy House was named Hotel of the Year 2018 by Small Luxury Hotels of the World and includes an award-winning spa and a three-rosette restaurant. It regularly features in guides to the best hotels in the county.
For the past few months, the 38-room hotel has been serving UK and international visitors pints of session IPA Sine Qua Non – a popular beer brewed by the team at Twisted Barrel.
Dormy House and FarGo Village are both members of Shakespeare’s England, which promotes tourism across Warwickshire and the region. To celebrate the collaboration, the organisation invited Chris along to see how the beer was going down with customers.
Ekaterina Leret, Marketing & Commercial manager at Shakespeare’s England said: “We represent companies and organisations right across the tourism and hospitality sector and it is great when we hear of them trading with each other.
“FarGo Village has a wealth of creative businesses which draw people into Coventry, but Twisted Barrel products are going farther afield and there is no better showcase than Dormy House.”
Chris only knew Sine Qua Non was going down well with visitors to the Cotswolds when reports started filtering back through word of mouth.
“We supply through our distributor Inn Express, and so don’t always know where the beer is being served – but someone who knows our products told us it was being served at Dormy House, which is fantastic,” said Chris.
“We are a small brewery and at our current capacity still relatively new, so to have our beer served by such a highly-rated hotel is a real landmark for us.”
Dormy House underwent a £10m refurbishment in 2013 and is part of the 400-acre Farncombe Estate, which has been owned by the Danish Philip-Sorensen family since 1977 and also includes the nearby Fish Hotel and Foxhill Manor.
General manager of Dormy House, Pim Wolfs, said stocking Sine Qua Non was part of a policy to support craft suppliers.
“Being an independent hotel gives us the freedom of choice over which products we stock. We want to offer something different from the norm – but something which is of the highest quality.
“We are in a part of the world with plenty of artisan producers and it is good to be able to support them. The Twisted Barrel beer is going down really well and we have had only positive feedback.
“It was really good to meet the man who brews the beer and for Chris to see how we serve it. I think he approved!”
Shakespeare’s England is the destination management organisation promoting Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Kenilworth, Royal Leamington Spa and the surroundings towns and villages.
Left to right: Ekaterina Leret, Chris Cooper and Pim Wolfs