“We wanted a space to brew our own beer without trashing our kitchens and annoying partners,” says Horsfall. “We did an initial crowdfunding campaign to see if we could rent a small shed in East London to subsidise our own brewing costs and got 300 per cent of our £3,500 target. We then followed this up with an equity raise of over £100,000, which enabled us to set up on the Bermondsey Beer Mile. We sold out of our membership scheme within the first month and have only recently started to be able to offer this on a regular basis.”
The way UBREW works is that aspiring brewers join a group membership scheme (usually five people), which allows them to come up with a beer recipe and produce it on a 35-litre kit. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know your mash tun from your elbow: whether you’re a novice or a know-it-all, staff will be on hand to give as much or as little guidance as you require.
Rob Dagley is a keen member of the scheme, having been given a UBREW course as a present (the company also offers brewing lessons). He then became a member with three friends. “We’ve been brewing for almost a year now and have done a dozen brews including a single hop IPA, a stout and a raspberry Weisse,” he says. “And I’m happy to say we’ve had no disasters.”
You may know that Goodwood is already ahead of the trend, as the estate has been brewing award-winning organic beers in conjunction with Horsham brewery Hepworth & Co for some time. So this is a bandwagon well worth jumping on. In fact it almost feels like it might be time to form a collective...
Goodwood ales and lagers are available from Home Farm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.