My father was Master Brewer at Romford Brewery in Essex so I’d always been brought up around the magic of beer making and the smell of malts and hops were always so alluring. After a spell working in the City of London I became disillusioned with big corporate ventures and after a family move to Cheltenham my Father and I started Goffs Brewery in 1994, with the view of making great beer that we wanted to drink and share with others.
This year is your 25th Anniversary, which is incredible. How will you be celebrating?
I can’t believe how much the time has flown by! We’ve just started working on a celebration beer called Black Knight Grand Reserve which will be a limited one off brew and a more amped up version of the original Black Knight which is a firm favourite amongst porter fans. The first pint of Jouster was poured in August 1994 and so to celebrate we will be holding an open house here at the Brewery on the 3rd of August with the first pint being on us! Of course you’re welcome to join us.
What can you tell us about your approach to craft brewing?
It’s all about quality and care. We’re lucky enough to brew in the Cotswolds which of course is renowned for it’s spring water and this definitely helps the beer flavour. We are very much a traditional brewery, still using all the hand crafting brewing methods that my father used 50 years ago and has passed down to me. It’s really important to us that these traditions aren’t lost as the brewing industry changes and original heritage needs to be maintained.
What can people expect when they find you at the Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival?
We will be serving our award winning Cheltenham Gold in the real ale tent and also one of our new monthly brews – but we will keep that one as a surprise. You’ll have to pop along to find out what it is!
What are you looking forward to about Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival?
Aside from catching up with all the other great producers it’s really rewarding for us to meet the people that actually drink our beer and to see their reaction. As a brewery we rarely get to interact with the end customer and so we love the opportunity to tell them more about us and of course share a pint!
Do you have a favourite recipe you can share with us that goes perfectly with one of your beers?
How about a recipe including one of our beers? Seeing as it’s summertime our White Knight Ice Cream would be perfect!
WHITE KNIGHT ICE CREAM
120g shelled hazelnuts 4 egg yolks
175g caster sugar 250ml milk
250ml whipping cream, chilled
125ml White Knight
Preheat the oven to 160 ̊C. Toast the hazelnuts in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, then place the nuts on a cloth to let them cool and then rub off the skins. Chop the nuts in a food processor. Combine the egg yolks and sugar and whisk together. When the mixture is pale and leaves a trail when the whisk is lifted, gradually beat in the milk. Transfer the custard mixture to a saucepan and cook over a low heat, stirring constantly until it coats the back of a wooden spoon. Set aside to cool. Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks. Stir the ground hazelnuts into the cold custard followed by the whipped cream and White Knight. Freeze in an ice cream maker or in the freezer, whisking it at least once during the freezing process.
Name: Marcus Goff