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.

Haresfoot's website

BEER RANGE (click for more info)
Lock Keeper's
Wild Boy