Jim Southey started brewing in 2013 having been inspired by a friend in Devon and completing a 4 day brewing course.
“I think I was brought up to love beer having started drinking in a village pub with a good real ales and then living in Bristol and Bath where there was always a great selection of ales on tap”
Jim has lived with his wife Sara and two children, Ben and Jenny, in Oxfordshire for over 10 years where they enjoy great village community in Milton.
LoveBeer was established in 2014 after an initial foray into supplying firkins to a few local beer festivals. Two of our early brews featured in the CAMRA Oxford beer festival.
“When you see young and old people tasting and enjoying a pint of your own ale you get motivated to do more. I remember talking to some Chinese students who said how much they loved drinking English beers”.
If you love beer you’ll probably also enjoy making it and just like being a great chef it takes some inspiration and passion to create the right brew. I love beer and so the name of LoveBeer seemed an obvious one to go with.
Having started as a hobby we now use a 6 BBL microbrewery with cold store and it feels like a real cottage industry. Our local community has been very supportive in many ways and passers-by are always welcome to call in to the brewery and chat or inhale the wonderful aromas of malt and hops. If only we could bottle that “brewery perfume”
Jenny helped design the LoveBeer logo and has drawn up several of the other beer designs. Ben is an apprentice brewer already and is also an amateur photographer (as shown in the gallery)
We only use traditional ingredients of water, malted barley or oats, whole hops and brewers yeast. There are occasional special beers made using extra ingredients to add flavour such as molasses or black treacle!