In 2015, multi awarding-winning brewer and publican duo Paddy O’Riordan and Olly Bainbridge joined forces to launch a brand new brewery in Exmouth. With the beer initially produced through “cuckoo” brewing (using spare capacity in an existing brewery), this was the first step towards opening a part-crowdfunded 6 barrel brewery in The Grapevine’s old stables in Exmouth town centre in 2016.
Crossed Anchors Brewing launched their first finely crafted beers at The Grapevine’s 2015 Beer Festival. They were met with instant success and fast formed a notoriety that has found both local and non-local beer fans eagerly seeking and sampling every new batch with increased enthusiasm.
“The science of the process is fascinating,” says Olly Bainbridge, who has seen his brewery grow from strength to strength. “It’s exciting to come up with new recipes and to be pleased with the finished result. To hear how well our beers are received just adds to the pleasure of brewing it.”
Since its infancy and growth, Paddy O’Riordan has left the brewery to explore other projects of his own and Olly has taken over the reins for the whole process. “The future is exciting for me,” says Olly. “I look forward to developing new speciality beers as well as continuing with our proven beers.”
The teams at Crossed Anchors are thrilled by the consistent popularity of their core brews: American Pale Ale, 3Cs Gold & Exe Porter. Heavy on taste & flavour, each one has found its market, with darker ale drinkers loving the sumptuous malts of the Porter, compared to the modern ale drinkers, who appreciate the hoppy, zesty flavours of the ever-popular 3Cs.
Moving on, Olly looks forward to the prospect of creating limited edition beers and experimenting with the wealth of flavours he can produce. Look out for our Crossed Anchors beers in pubs and farm shops near you and let us know what you think of our fantastic ales.