The Barum Brewery, located behind The Reform Inn in Pilton, celebrated 20 years of brewing in September 2016. It started as a hobby for Tim Webster of Bradiford with the enthusiastic support of the late Mark Kilminster, then the landlord of the public house. The following summer Tim gave up his job as a software designer to run the brewery fulltime. The first beer was known as 'Hard Labour', because that's exactly what producing it had been, but it was then renamed 'Original', far and away the most popular beer produced by the brewery. Since 1996 over thirty beers have been produced, many to celebrate notable events like the 1999 eclipse and the Queen's Golden Jubilee. The brewery's logo is Lord Basil who appears in different disguises on the pump clips produced for each beer. Barum Brewery has won many medals and awards around West Country beer festivals.
Download this short article which sets out the history in more detail. You can also see a brilliant cartoon story of Lord Basil's world tour to promote Barum Beer, particularly one called 'Firing Squad' by following this link:
Many thanks to Tim Webster for telling his story.