Good Chemistry Brewing are one of the newer breweries on the scene in their home city of Bristol. The city has been experiencing a boom of good craft brewers, many of which have one or more non-alcoholic offerings as part of their main line-ups. These breweries include Butcombe Brewing Co, Bristol Beer Factory, and Wiper and True. Good Chemistry Brewing were founded in May 2015 by Robert Cary and Kelly Sidgwick, originally setting up shop in East Bristol in the area known as St Philips. Robert had been an avid homebrewer for years before getting a job at Great Western Brewing, for which he supplied bottles of said homebrew beer in lieu of an application form. Talk about show rather than tell! Kelly came from a more business-based background, and is the backbone of the brewery when it comes to planning and records.
This duo is joined by a number of other Bristolians, covering jobs such as social media managers, engineers, deliveries, additional brewers and sales staff. Along with the brewery, the business also runs a brewery tap, and a couple of local pubs – the Kings Head in the middle of Bristol, and The Good Measure in the Redland area of the city.
Zero Gravity was launched at the start of 2023 as what has come a near-obligatory beer for successful breweries – a nolo for Dry January patrons. It’s a pale ale according to the can, though I’ve seen a few contradictory pieces of marketing that classes the beer as an IPA. This may well point to the brew being on the hoppier side of things. Speaking of hops, Good Chemistry have used both Citra and Mosaic hops in their recipe, which is a time-tested combination featuring citrus and pine flavours and aromas, plus a fair amount of bitterness. Let’s once again get down to the tasting.
Pouring out the beer from the can we get a golden coloured liquid with a slight haze to it, producing a pretty thick white head as it fills up the glass. This sticks around and leaves some lacing down my half-pinter as we drink. The nose is pretty hoppy, with tropical mango and orange citrus giving an enticing freshness with a background of malt.
When we taste, things start to calm down a bit. There’s an initial slap of crisp citrus bitterness, mellowing into something more earthy and peppery, with a malty background. And that’s pretty much where it stays. The body of the beer is light, maybe getting a bit watery, though the carbonation helps give it a bit of oomph. We get a bitter finish to the drink.
Good Chemistry Brewing Zero Gravity is a light and hoppy pale ale, but the aroma promises more than the taste gives us. It’s certainly easy to drink and pleasant enough, but it’s pretty forgettable. And with the market for alcohol-free beers being as healthy as it currently is, there isn’t really much room for that. The chemistry on show here could definitely be improved with more of everything.
Buy Good Chemistry Brewing Zero Gravity
You’ll no doubt be able to sample Good Chemistry’s beers at their two pubs in Bristol, and cans of Zero Gravity should be available in many bottle shops and off-licenses around the country. You can also get it online from these folks:
|Nutritional Information (per 100ml, taken from the side of the can)|
|Additional nutritional information not given. Boo, hiss!|
|Malted Barley, Wheat, Oats, Rye, Hops, Yeast, Water|
|Country of Production||United Kingdom|
|Brewer||Good Chemistry Brewing – https://goodchemistrybrewing.co.uk/|
Good Chemistry Brewing Zero Gravity Review
Lovely inviting aromas give way to a pretty lacklustre taste and body of the beer. Not quite a failed experiment but some tweaks to the chemistry are needed.