Beer and bloggers – what could go wrong!
A few weeks ago I organised for our regular Suffolk blogger meet up to be held at Station 1-1-9 Brewery in Eye.
Sophie and Elliott kindly invited us all to come along, explore the brewery and try some of the beers. Of course, all of our partners wanted to come along to this meet up!
The Station 1-1-9 team started brewing in a garden shed back in 2014. Fast forward to 2019 and the business has expanded to a warehouse in Eye with its own bar!
The craft beers that Station 1-1-9 produce are inspired by American flavours, with the brewery named after the local USAF base. The craft beers are lightly carbonated, unlike ales, with a hoppy flavour.
Elliott showed us into the brewery and talked us through the process, from grain selection to bottle. My partner, Guy, is a former pub manager, so he was very interested in finding out about their individual process and how they create the different flavours. The whole operation is really impressive and takes much longer than I’d anticipated. The team do everything on site, from creating their own yeast culture, which gives the brewers more control over the flavour profile, to hand bottling the beers.
Then we were able to try some beer straight from the fermenter, before it had been carbonated. The aroma was very fruity, and as it had just come out of the fermenter the taste was strong and hoppy.
After this we headed back to the bar to try some of the finished products. Guy got stuck in (naturally!) and gave them his seal of approval saying that the beers were right up his street. Station 1-1-9 produce a New England Rye, Session IPA, Black IPA, Pale Ale and IPA 6.4%.
If you want to try Station 1-1-9 you can visit the Taproom at the brewery Monday to Thursday from 9am-5pm and Friday 9am to 9pm. The brewery also runs regular quiz nights and tours – click here to keep up to date with events happening at Station 1-1-9.
Thank you for having us Station 1-1-9!