After over 30 years in the brewing industry, Peter Jackson decided it was time to do his own thing and set up his own micro-brewery. Originally from the North East, Peter had previously lived and worked in London, and had, not to put too fine a point on it, drunk in many London Pubs. At the time the range was very predictable, and London seemed to be lagging behind the micro-brewery movement that was exploding in the rest of the country.
Having looked at many potential sites in London, the decision was taken to look in Southwark, as whilst it was a hive of re-generation activity, with the vibrant South Bank and Borough Market areas it also had a wealth of brewing history, home to two of the capital’s largest breweries, Barclay Perkins and John Courage, as well as a number of smaller ones. It had also been the centre of the hop trade; the Hop Exchange building is still there on the corner of Southwark Street and Borough High Street. Workers from the docks used to spend their summer holidays hop picking in Kent, and the hops were transported up to the Hop Exchange along the Old Kent Road, and eventually the railway running into London Bridge.
The search was on, and after several months the site in Druid Street was secured and work on the brewery began. Lifelong drinking partner, Andy Nichol helped in the setting up of the business, and old friend and master brewer Shaun Franklin, former owner of Award-winning Roosters Brewery in Yorkshire, designed the brewhouse and helped develop the first recipes. We were away!
Hundreds of brews later, with a vibrant tap room bar, the brewery has many different faces, the current team still has lots in common with those that have gone before: Absolute passion for quality in everything, from recipes to brewing, packaging to selling, even invoicing and delivering. Our people are our point of difference. Drayman Danny Belcher (“Danny Driver” as he is affectionately known) and Sarone Charles, Admin Manager are the longest serving employees, starting in 2015. Francesco Biscaglia came from his brewing school in Bologna and loved it so much he came back as a full-time brewer in 2017 and then in 2018 became our Head Brewer. Teddy Haywood has joined us in the summer of 2018 as our assistant brewer, passionate about beer he got close to the brewing operation at the Temple Ale House, where he was working. Out on the streets and down with the kids, all the way from Melbourne Australia is our Sales Manager Luke Norman – just say “Yes I’ll order some beer from you” it’s the easiest way to get him to shut up! Maricy Vismara and Ricky Simmonds are our latest employees helping out in various roles in the brewery, tap room, marketing and social media, and sales.
If you are interested in joining our team, send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will see if we can get together!