In October 2016, GlassHouse spawned from mom’s greenhouse in the back garden, Kings Heath. Josh and his cousin Calum began brewing on a half barrel kit, releasing small batch beers locally, and quickly gained notoriety in Birmingham.
After some key local events in 2017, the brewery had already outgrown capacity in under a year so, in May 2018, GlassHouse moved into a new 2500 sq ft unit in Stirchley and awaited the delivery of a new 10bbl brewery. After inevitable delays, brewing commenced in September 2019.
A year and a half of keg releases and festival appearances later, an uptick in national demand meant GlassHouse needed to grow once again. In March 2020, the arrival of 3x 20HL unitanks opened the door to canning. Buzzin’! Then…Covid-19 hit.
After a day of frantic planning and general peril, the business pivoted, hard. The team began crowlering in March - counter pressure filling, seaming and labelling 13,000 cans by hand well into December. The incredible support of the local community during this time will forever be appreciated.
Two local lockdowns and one national lockdown later, a 16KW centralised glycol chiller was installed and, after 9 months of dormancy, the *new* tanks were commissioned. January 2021 saw the first ever commercial cans hit bottle shop shelves and GlassHouse beers were once again circulating nationally.
Today, the team of five continue to produce an expanding range of styles with an enduring focus on quality, balance and drinkability.
Managing Director / Head Brewer
Sales Manager / Head of Fermentation