As readers of this blog will know, our journey to creating and selling our first brew has been a continual venture into the unknown. That’s exactly the thing that makes it so exciting.
What’s made it even more exciting in recent days is apparently I’ve got a new wife! Result!
Little did Chris Robinson, joint owner of Chalk Hills, know that as well as giving us his leftover bread, he would also be allowing me to marry his wife, Rosie! An unexpected bonus of our little venture! What can I say? Brewers are clearly more attractive than bakers! (If you haven’t already twigged what I’m rambling on about read the caption under the Surrey Mirror photo)
New marriages aside, we have to say a huge thank you for all the excellent coverage we seem to have got recently across the local area and beyond. You can read Deborah Morris’s story in more detail at the following link. Look out for us in Surrey Downs magazine, Surrey Life, Reigate.uk and a really interesting blog from Look at Brew (far better written than this blog that’s for sure!!)
If you haven’t heard about us yet – where have you been!?!
Rocking all over Reigate
As promised we have also continued to make a nuisance of ourselves at local food festivals, events and any party that will have us to be honest! The most recent of which was the utterly awesome New Music Fest at Reigate Rugby Club. Those of you in attendance not only had the pleasure of sinking a few cool pints of Crumbs Amber but also witnessed the first ever festival appearance of our ‘house band’ Judy Punch. Featuring our very own Crumbs Spreader Adria Tarrida. They sounded great and, more importantly, retained their position as number one drinkers of our beer – current estimates suggest over 70% of consumption is down to
these four men alone. Blooming good work chaps.
If international stardom awaits I hope they remember the small Reigate beer that fuelled their talents…!
It’s at this point I should also say a huge thank you to to the Economic Prosperity Team at Reigate & Banstead Council (catchy title I know). Particularly Cllr Humphreys, Simon Bland and Catherine McDermott. Their business support grant has enabled us to fund getting out to most of the festivals we’ll be popping up at over the coming months. It’s a great resource that I encourage all small businesses in the area to take up. Blimey – if they gave us support when our business plan consisted of one wing and three prayers they are obviously very keen for local ventures to succeed!
Next up is the Priory Farm Strawberry Fair on 24th and 25th June. Come and get a free taster then stock up with Crumbs (and lots of other lovely goodies) at their shop.
I remember when weekends just used to involve reading the papers and taking the kids swimming. We now seem to spend most of them standing in a field drinking! It’s a tough job but someone has to do it.
Our final update is that we’ve officially gone international. Well that’s a lie really – more like inter-county. As well as our lovely customers in Reigate, Dorking and Oxted we can now boast a new sales outlet – all the way away in Hampshire!! Where next I hear you cry!? Australia!? No, in all seriousness we are very pleased to welcome Auriol Wines as an official Crumbs seller. Intrigued after meeting us at the Fleet Food Festival they kindly agreed to peddle our wares. So all you thirsty people down in the Hartley Witney area get along and make sure he sells out as quickly as everyone else seems to have done.
Until next time crumby friends – it’s currently pushing 30 degrees so by law I have to stop writing and refresh myself with a cool bottle of Crumbs Amber. I suggest you do the same.