Bath Rugby Ladies’ Sarah Burgess cleaning out the mash

To celebrate their 15th anniversaries and launch a new Firsty Friday event, Box Steam Brewery invited players from Bath Rugby Ladies to make a signature brew of the team’s favourite golden ale.

The Wiltshire brewery’s fruity and bittersweet Piston Broke is the club’s official beer and a popular pint at the Pulteney Arm, in Bath, where the players enjoy a post-match drink. 

Sarah Burgess, Gemma Thorburn, and Sarah Holloway, from Bath Rugby Ladies, joined Tom Downes, head of Box Steam’s brewing team, in its Holt brewery, to learn how to produce a cask of hand-crafted ale.

Bath Rugby Ladies enjoying the fruit of their labours at the Box Steam taproom

Burgess said: “We’ve had a fun and fascinating time being shown the ropes and finding out much more about the beer making process. The art of brewing is quite a physical thing — helpfully doubling up as training for the weekend and,of course, the celebrations afterwards!” 

In the Sunday that followed, Burgess scored a try in the team’s 53-0 victory over Gordano Ladies, which put Bath Rugby Ladies through to the Somerset Cup final for a third year running. 

Andy Roberts, managing director of Box Steam Brewery, said: “What better way to celebrate our mutual success and 15-year anniversaries than over the making of great beer! We’ve supported this fantastic team for a few years now, and we’ve really enjoyed watching them go from strength to strength.

“We’d like to lay claim to our regional beer playing a part in Bath Ladies’ success, but as it has helped our brewers to win a tug of war against them, I may need to tread carefully!”

To celebrate their brewing success, Bath Rugby Ladies enjoyed a pint of their usual in the bar of Box Steam’s newly refurbished taproom, to kick off the brewery’s new monthly Firsty Friday afternoons — a chance for fans of the beer to come and try new brews, and old favourites, direct from the brewery.

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