Our home for experimental, obscure and exciting beers, available in limited quantities only!

The Pilot Project

Welcome to the Pilot Project, a place where creative ideas come to be realised, in beer form!

The Pilot Project is made up of a few key components:

  • The desire to explore, experiment and try new techniques, combined with a small brew kit and the freedom that brings.
  • Our brewer Danny (who also works on the bar at the Barley Twist and the Kean’s Head), and his regular beer launch and meet the brewer events.

And you have the Pilot Project! An ever-evolving repertoire of limited edition beers. Our only aim is to learn from each one.

The Brewing Process

For this, we use a small-scale brew kit, capable of producing 160 litre brews (280 pints) per brew, compared to 65HL (11,000 pints) in our main brewing facility.

Working with a smaller kit and smaller quantities allows us to develop and hone our skills, take risks and try new things.

With each brew, Danny checks something else off his list. From brand new, experimental hops to fruit-heavy sours, to nailing the perfect base pastry stout recipe. And all for the benefit of creating something exciting and potentially ground-breaking for our customers to drink!

Each week, these freshly brewed, limited-run beers are available for you to try on keg or cask at the Barley Twist. At least, for those who are fast enough to catch them…

Pilot Project Beer Launches

Pilot Project brews are launched every Wednesday from 4-6pm and you have the chance to come and talk to our brewer, give feedback, and of course, try the latest brew. Find out more about our upcoming events here.

There is also a canning machine on site, so beer to go is super easy and extremely tempting!

For more information on what we’ve brewed so far and what’s coming next, check out our latest Pilot Project news story.

Pilot Project Experience Days

*Coming soon!*

Keep an eye out on this page for some upcoming opportunities coming to the Pilot Project soon. Including brewery tour packages and the chance to brew your own beer!