Bays Brewery

Bays Brewery is a family-run brewery that has been creating multi-award-winning beers in the stunning coastal resort of Torbay for 17 years and counting.

It began life in 2007 when brothers Mark and Peter Salmon joined forces with their brother-in-law Will Freeland to realise their dream of creating high-quality beer inspired by their hometown of Torbay.

Since its launch, Bays Brewery has grown gradually and now produces roughly 22 barrels per brew, multiple times a week. They boast a strong portfolio of brands including best-sellers Devon Dumpling, Topsail and Devon Rock Lager, as well as a range of seasonal and one-off brews. Proceeds from their charity range have recently supported Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team (Ashburton) and Paignton Zoo.

The beers have achieved much recognition over the years scooping various gold, silver and bronze awards in national and regional SIBA categories. A standout achievement was silver in the strong beers category at the GBBF in 2018 for Devon Dumpling.

Having trained with Brewlab previously, Will was keen to work with our laboratory team to cover quality control and satisfy legal requirements. Bays are SALSA certified and place a strong emphasis on producing the highest quality beer.

Will quoted: “We are pleased to use Brewlab for our due diligence. We developed a bespoke programme which looked at all areas of the brewery, covering cleaning and hygiene and the chemical analysis of all our beers. We find the service first class and are always able to discuss anything we aren’t sure of – it offers us real peace of mind.”

Bays also use Brewlab for secure yeast storage and supply.

Will added: “We are able to get our fresh yeast cultures produced and ready to use exactly when we need them. We are pleased with the performance of the yeast and find it’s a cost-effective solution, giving us a great flavour profile for our portfolio of Devon beers.”

Alongside the laboratory analysis, Brewlab assisted Bays in developing their low-alcohol beer called Rock Steady.

“Creating a low-alcohol lager that doesn’t compromise on taste was always going to prove a challenge, but with Brewlab’s help our Rock Steady beer is full of flavour. Brewlab is a lovely company to work with – the level of support is excellent. The staff are very responsive and knowledgeable, which makes our job of brewing great beer that much easier.”

Bays Brewey, Aspen Way, Paignton TQ4 7QR.

Updated: April 2024

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