A chance meeting at a business networking event last week led me to Kubla Kaite – a lovely lady who has recently started a business brewing bespoke ales in Somerset. Talking To Kaite, I soon realised that she shared my beliefs of quality over quantity, and firmly believed in using British ingredients for her beers.
I asked her to bring some samples to me so we could try them – she did, the next day, and we were bowled over by the beers. I am not a beer drinker, but I really enjoyed the subtle flavours of the ales. They are designed to be savoured like wine, rather than downed in pints and I would certainly recommend them. I am delighted to have them in stock now at Clavelshay Barn and wish Kaite and her partner Jason every success in the future. Look out for them – KUBLA BEERS
The name Kubla comes from the Coleridge poem “Kubla Khan”. Coleridge lived and walked over the Quantock hills where Kaite lives with her family.
A brief bio about Kaite …
Kaite always had a passion for food. She started her career in the restaurant business and then progressed into product development within large food manufacturing businesses, finally working for a Bristol-based flavour house. Her time in large industry made her realise that real food is about making things in small quantities with care. From sourcing the best ingredients and giving products the time they deserve to be at their best to the quality obtained by hand packaging them, producing in small quantities means Kaite can nurture her beers through every step of the process.
Kaite started brewing at home in 2010, learning the craft and experimenting with different flavours and styles. Kubla Brewery was first conceived in January 2012 when Kaite realised that she should do something more with her talent for producing interesting, flavour-forward beer. Full commercial production started in November 2012 from the small brewery Kaite has set up near Lydeard St Lawrence. The initial range of products includes a fruity Pale Ale, a fragrant Saison and a rich Stout. Further seasonal and one-off specials will be brewed in the next few months.