It’s looking like a promising 2014 for eight businessmen who are soon to launch Berkhamsted’s first brewery in 100 years.
They picked up the keys to their new River Park Industrial Estate plant just before Christmas.
They hope to have it all kitted out by March, so that the first beers can come off the production line in time for Easter.
Property surveyor Nick Heath is one of the eight founders of Berkhamsted Brewing Company and helped it nab a five-year lease on its new premises.
He said: “We are absolutely excited and have all got a passion for the product and we are all experienced in business.
“We are all 50-ish and have worked for many years in a number of related fields. We all feel confident and would not have taken the plunge otherwise.
“We feel it’s good news for us and for the town.”
The firm’s new property, which is right in front of the Grand Union Canal, will become ‘very well-known in Berkhamsted’, Nick said. It is costing £30,000 a year to rent.
The company will trade under the name Haresfoot Brewery – and already has its own Twitter account and Facebook page under that name.
Nigel Oseland, another of the brewery’s eight founders, has started his own blog about the business venture at haresfoot.blogspot.co.uk
Nigel used to run a home brewery in Watford, while fellow founder Martin Filippides is a former fermentation chemist who lectured in biotechnology.
The other founders are Scott Carter, Simon Spurling, George Harvey, Philip Wilton and Keith Holmes. They all run their own separate businesses and live in and around Berkhamsted.
Nigel said: “I have lived in the town for 25 years and basically treated it as a dormitory – somewhere I sleep rather than live – and I thought it was about time I put something back into the community.”
He recently wrote on his blog that his research into the project has included having a half-pint with George at most of Berkhamsted’s pubs. The pair quizzed the landlords on which beers sold the most.