Jim Southey started brewing in 2013 having been inspired by friends, other brewers and completing a 4 day brewing course.
“I think I was brought up to love beer having started drinking in a village pub with good local real ales and then living in Bristol and Bath where there was always a great selection on tap”
LoveBeer was established in 2014 after an initial foray into supplying firkins to a few local beer festivals. Two of our early brews featured and won awards 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. At the Oxford CAMRA festival in 2014 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.
We brew with a 6 BBL plant with capacity for 2,000 litres per week and have a growing business community buying our ales. Our local community of beer lovers has been very supportive in many ways and passers-by are always welcome to call in on a Brew Day TO chat and inhale the wonderful aromas of malt and hops. If only we could bottle that “brewery perfume”
Our team includes Sara who is now a Mild Rover fan and top marketing guru. Jenny designed the LoveBeer logo and has drawn up several of the other beer designs aswell as being best at cleaning the mash tunn. Ben is already a proven apprentice brewer and a decent 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, ginger or black treacle!
Our ales are always on tap at some superb local food and real ale pubs including;