Haresfoot Brewery was the idea of eight friends and local businessmen: Scott Carter, Martin Filippides, Nick Heath, Keith Holmes, Nigel Oseland, Simon Spurling, Philip Wilton and George Harvey, who says: "You might call it our mid-life crisis. Rather than buying fast cars, taking up triathlons or donning lycra, we built a brewery.
"It's been an incredible adventure. When you set up your own business you have to be prepared to do whatever is needed: leafleting in town, working in our shop, manning the bar for a party or jumping into the car to deliver a new firkin to a pub that's run out on a Friday afternoon - oh and of course actually making the beer.
"I've learned about the science and art of brewing drawing on my background as a chemist and discovered that there are more varieties of hops than you'd every think possible."
Five beers have followed, ranging from Totem, an American-style India pale ale, to Conqueror's premium bitter and Haresfoot's best-selling launch ale, Lock Keeper's. Its latest beer, All-Rounder, launched at the beginning of June 2015, will be the official ale to cricket journalists for this summer's Ashes.