A total of 36 new breweries opened in London last year as budding brewers continue to capitalise on the ever growing popularity of craft beer.
This was a 24% increase on the previous year, reflecting the growing popularity of craft beer and "boutique" food, and Orbit Beers is a prime example of how small businesses can capitalise on the food and drink revolution.
Orbit was born from a passion for travel, music and beer. When founder Robert Middleton travelled around Scotland in his old VW campervan, paying a visit to all of the country’s breweries, it inspired him to create his own brand of beer.
Months of planning, and lots of advice from the London brewing community, eventually led to Middleton, a former pensions actuary, setting up his own brewery in an old double railway arch in Walworth SE17, just a mile south of the famous Elephant & Castle.
Two years on, and 150,000 litres of beer later, Orbit is now seeing its beers sold across the south of England in over 100 restaurants, bars and off licenses and the craft brewer is expecting further growth.
Middleton told BQ: “We have grown steadily and plan to double in size over the next three years, but don’t want to lose our connection with the beers and our customers.
“We hope to remain here in south London (Walworth), but to double our space and capacity while still doing the same core beers (kolsch, altbier etc) and continuing to thrill our customers with new, more experimental brews.
“Beers, brand and customer service are our three key areas of focus. After that we just aim to have fun!”
Asked what makes Orbit stand out from its competitors, he added: “We focus on European styles of beer, mostly German.
“With many craft beers being North American influenced, hoppy IPAs, we feel the extraordinary range and quality of beers from the continent are under appreciated.
“Those are our favourite styles and hopefully more people will migrate to these in future. Lager was once a dirty word in craft beer world, but true, genuine lager styles (not the mass produced stuff) are awesome!”
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