Chefs & experts 2019

John Mintram

John Mintram

Date: Sunday 1 September 2019

Timings: 2.30pm to 2.45pm

Location: Surrey Life Bite-size Talks Tent, Gloucester Square

Talk title: Yeast - a minute marvel

Summary: Yeast's mighty role within the beer production process

About Thurstons

Thurstons Brewery was formed at The Crown in Horsell in October 2012 with a 3/4 barrel plant in the kitchen. The original plan was to produce an occasional brew for the Crown, but we were asked if we would supply Woking Beer Festival with our first beer, Stedmans Ale, a request that we gladly agreed to. The result of the festival was our first award - third overall. Now we had the bug. More beers followed starting with Maltway, then Festival, Milk Stout, Horsell Gold and Horsell Best!

Horsell Gold and Horsell Best soon become our mainstay beers, and along with Milk Stout and Festival Ale, keeping up with demand soon became a problem. In November 2013 we returned to Woking Beer Festival with two beers - Horsell Gold and Milk Stout, and were delighted when both beers won their class, Gold took first overall and Milk Stout took second. Milk Stout also went on to win the Gosport Winterfest.

Subsequently, plans were hatched to install a 4.5 barrel plant next door to the pub at 102c High Street and our brew in the new plant completed on May 2014.