Our Story So Far
On a winter's night in January 2016, Mark and Paul were toiling away in an old stable with a half-barrel test kit that they had put together. They had been sharing different beers, from around the world, for several years and wanted to actually create a beer themselves. It was so cold that it had to be stored, to ferment, in an airing cupboard. On first tasting, the beer received acclaim from all. It was then decided to completely rebuild much of the space and start a commercial brewery!
Mark Collins grew up in pubs owned by his parents and has always been inspired by different and interesting beers. With over 30 years experience in the food industry, most recently as an executive chef, Mark wanted to combine his love of fusing flavours together into a passion to produce fine artisan beer.
Paul similarly grew up in a pub environment where his father also owned a micro-brewery. with over 15 years experience in the drinks industry, currently as operations manager for Red Mist Leisure and head of liquor procurement. Paul brings his passion for all things drinks, especially craft beer, into this brewery project.
What started off as a small project took on a life of its own. 12 months after their first amateur effort, Mark and Paul were brewing on the coldest day of the year once more with the mercury touching -8 overnight. The original beer Rushmoor Ripper was born.
Now a thriving business, the brewery continues to grow and is very much part of the local community. Mark will continue to brew beers to be enjoyed by all.