Nomadic Brewing at West Berkshire Brewery – Wiper and True

Nomadic Brewing at West Berkshire Brewery

A lot has changed at Wiper and True since we first began making beers back in 2012. We’ve grown so much as a business, and so too has the demand for our beers - hurrah! 

When we first started out, we brewed our beers nomadically, popping up at our friends’ and peers’ breweries around the country whenever they had time to let us loose on their kits. It was a full-throttle, exhausting and often nocturnal way to brew; but one that really helped hone our craft, and shape what we wanted to build for ourselves in the future. Afterall, if you’re working on different brew-kits every month, you’re bound to get a good feel for what works for you and the style of beers you want to make.

If it weren’t for the kind, and often slightly bemused, nature of our hosts, Wiper and True would never have got off the ground and wouldn’t be here today. We look back with incredible fondness at those early years and great appreciation of the breweries that let us brew at their sites.  

Over the course of the next few years we expanded, first into half of the site you may know as our York Street brewery in St Werburghs - a site we originally shared with our good friends Vince, of Ashley Down Brewery fame, and the team behind Chomp and The Bristol Distilling Co.

Michael Wiper

A jubilant Michael in the brewery space at York Street, shared with Ashley Down Brewery, Chomp, and the Bristol Distilling Co.

Even today, though, with two production sites and a warehouse, we’re still struggling to keep up with demand. It’s a wonderfully positive, but nonetheless frustrating position to be in. We've spent the last few months developing workarounds for this; you may have seen our social media posts, hunting for premises to house an additional brewery in Bristol. We’re still looking, so do get in touch if you’ve got any ideas!  

Eventually we sprawled out into the whole site, taking on an additional warehouse unit up the road too. Fast-forward to the winter of 2019 and we got the keys to our Barrel Store - another really exciting landmark for the business, opening the doors to the regular production of mixed fermentation and barrel-aged beers. 

Even today, though, with two production sites and a warehouse, we’re still struggling to keep up with demand. It’s a wonderfully positive, but nonetheless frustrating position to be in. We've spent the last few months developing workarounds for this; you may have seen our social media posts, hunting for premises to house an additional brewery in Bristol. We’re still looking, so do get in touch if you’ve got any ideas!  

Over the course of the next few years we expanded, first into half of the site you may know as our York Street brewery in St Werburghs - a site we originally shared with our good friends Vince, of Ashley Down Brewery fame, and the team behind Chomp and The Bristol Distilling Co.

Eventually we sprawled out into the whole site, taking on an additional warehouse unit up the road too. Fast-forward to the winter of 2019 and we got the keys to our Barrel Store - another really exciting landmark for the business, opening the doors to the regular production of mixed fermentation and barrel-aged beers. 

The Wiper and True Barrel Store

One of our two production sites: the Barrel Store.

One of the solutions we’ve come up with is a throwback to our roots as nomadic brewers. After careful research we decided upon West Berkshire Brewery, a company renowned for their skill in brewing other brewery's recipes on their world class dedicated kit. The bank of expertise we amassed in our early days stands us in excellent stead for working closely with the team there, monitoring the quality and attending site for all the key processes of these external brews - something we’ll continue to do for as long as the partnership stands.

We've also only selected recipes that we know inside out and back-to-front, and that are particularly suited to the brewing technology and equipment used at West Berkshire Brewery: Milk Shake, Kaleidoscope and York Street Helles.

Wiper and True - York Street Helles, fresh off the canning line.

York Street Helles, fresh off the canning line.

We've tested and quality-controlled the beers we're brewing at WBB relentlessly, and are absolutely thrilled with the results. You’ll be able to spot a can brewed at West Berkshire Brewery by the address on the back of a can - but we don’t think you’ll be able to tell the difference!