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14th April 2022

Adrian Tierney-Jones New Book Launch: Orbit Beers Taproom Wednesday 20th April

  •  Join award-winning beer writer Adrian Tierney-Jones on Wednesday 20th April at Orbit Beers Taproom in South London for the launch of his latest book.
  • United Kingdom of Beers features a trio of beers from Orbit, including award-winning Nico and Dead Wax, which the writer has picked as two of his favourite beers in the United Kingdom.
  • Tierney-Jones will lead beer tastings and talk about how he came to write his book, along with stories from his beer travels.

The Event

April 2022: Join beer writer Adrian Tierney-Jones on a road trip around three of the beer styles of the United Kingdom of Beer, an imaginative journey featuring a trio of beers from Orbit, including Nico and Dead Wax, which the writer has picked as two of his favourite beers in the United Kingdom of Beer (it’s also the name of the writer’s latest book).

Tierney-Jones will lead the beer tastings, talking about how he came to write his book and throw in some stories on beer travels around the world as the fancy takes him. You can also buy the book and get it signed on the night as well.

The taproom is open from 4pm, and the talk and tastings will begin from 6pm on Wednesday 20th April. The tasting will include two of the beers featured in the book; Orbit’s award-winning Nico Köln Lager and Dead Wax London Porter, as well as Orbit’s new English IPA, which is featured as Tierney-Jones’ Beer of the Week in his regular Daily Star column. There will also be seasonal specials on tap to try, such as Tzatziki Sour and Cuvée de Cologne (barrel-aged Nico).

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The Book

The latest book from renowned beer writer Adrian Tierney-Jones will take readers on a fascinating journey across the British Isles, exploring 250 of the finest beers available in bottles and cans.

Focusing entirely on the domestic market, the United Kingdom of Beer offers a comprehensive overview of the numerous types and styles of beer available in modern Britain. Complete with tasting notes and fascinating background stories about each beer as well as an insightful look into how to pair the beers with food, mood, and occasion.

Speaking about the book, Tierney-Jones said: “Whether on a day out or meeting up with friends, extraordinary beer helps to make great days even better. Coming out of the pandemic, 2022 is a fantastic year to enjoy the many delights that the exceptional breweries across the UK have to offer. I am thrilled and delighted to use my expertise to select and share the best beers from around the UK with readers who are as passionate about beer as I am.”


The Beers

Orbit Beers bring a modern approach to European traditions. Taking classic styles and making them their own, with elements of finesse and drinkability.

Orbit Nico: Orbit’s multi-award-winning Köln Lager is named for Christa Päffgen under her singing alias Nico. Nico hailed from Cologne, the city of Kölsch, an obergäriges (top-fermented) lagerbier.

Pours pale golden. Fragrant herbal hop aroma with lemon citrus and green apple notes. Light on the palate, a touch of bready maltiness, with a more assertive hop character. The crisp bitterness makes it eminently drinkable. Look for the pear drop notes from the distinctive Kölsch yeast.

Dead Wax is our take on a classic London Porter. Based on the late nineteenth-century interpretation of the style. Complex rich malt, with aromas of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and malty biscuit. More chocolate, coffee, and black treacle on the palate. Rich full body, robust bitterness and a subtle earthy/lemony hop character combine to create a distinctively dry and drinkable dark ruby coloured beer.

A beer to fit tightly within our ethos at Orbit Beers, paying homage to European brewing heritage and traditions. Named after the runoff area on vinyl records.

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Notes to Editors

About the Author:

Adrian Tierney-Jones is a UK-based award-winning journalist who writes about beer, pubs, food and travel for various magazines and newspapers. Beer of the Week column in the Daily Star and writes for Daily Telegraph on pubs and beer.

Has written quite a few books as well, including The Seven Moods of Craft Beer and his latest United Kingdom of Beer. Editor of 1001 Beers to Taste Before You Die. Experienced beer judge in competitions in UK, Europe and, er, the Andes. Often to be found standing in front of an audience with a glass in his hand telling tales of drinking beer in bars across the world.

Adrian Tierney-Jones
Latest book, United Kingdom of Beer, now available.

Best Beer Writer, National Media 2019
Beer Writer of the Year 2017

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About Orbit Beers:

Orbit Brewery and Taproom: 225 & 228 Fielding St, London SE17 3HD

Closest Stations: Elephant and Castle, Kennington, Oval.

Established in South London in 2014, Orbit Beers are deeply rooted in European brewing traditions with a modern approach. They take classic styles and make them their own, with an eye for finesse and drinkability.

They love the incredible balance of German beers and the complexity of flavours that Belgian yeasts produce. They love hops, the spicy elegance of classic European ones, the zesty aromas of New Zealand varieties, and the fruity extremes of their American counterparts.

Orbit’s work is inspired by the ethos of their favourite record labels, who hold music and art above all else. Likewise, Orbit Beers accept no compromises when it comes to making their beer.

History of Orbit

In 2012, Orbit Beers Founder, Robert (or ‘Orbit’ as he is otherwise known), set off on a journey in his campervan (named Brian). His mission was clear: to discover beer in the land of whisky!

This expedition took him (and Brian) to every single brewery in his native Scotland, from the northernmost island in Shetland to the Outer Hebrides, the Scottish Borders and even his hometown of Dundee. The result was an overwhelming appreciation for traditional, European beers styles, balanced & complex flavours, and simple ingredients. That, and a burning desire to return to London and create Orbit Beers.

Back in the days when Robert was nicknamed Orbit, one of his earliest memories is his sister’s collection of vinyl records. In particular, the distinctive designs of the spindle adaptors, stacked above the turntable, ready to play.

His lifelong love of vinyl and independent labels has always been at the heart of Orbit Beers, forming the logo and influencing their brews. From the ‘White Label Series’ of experimental beers, to the core range named after music legends Nico (Christa Päffgen), Ivo (Ivo Watts-Russel, Founder of 4ad records), Peel (John Peel), and Dead Wax (Run-out wax on vinyl records).

Having moved into our double railway arch in Walworth, South London in 2014, all their beers have been brewed and packaged on-site, which has now expanded into the arches next door to include the brewery taproom.

Press release from Orbit Beers

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