THRIVING Hart Family Brewers make no compromises on the quality of their beer and have the same approach when it comes to business.
This independent attitude has enabled owners Rob Hart and wife Sarah to grow the brewery in a Georgian building which can trace its roots back to 1833. The pair converted the building, which stands on Nene Court on Wellingborough’s Embankment, to meet the needs of their ambitious plans. Now innovative ways of brewing combined with traditional techniques have been used to create drinks like award-winning beer.
The 1833 India Pale Ale 6.6% was awarded gold in the Artisan Local Drinks Category in the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards 2013/2014.
This beer is one of the favourites in the gift packs being snapped up by individuals and businesses. The brewery’s single malt India Dry Gin is fast becoming another favourite.
These drinks can be bought when the brewery opens its doors each Saturday or by emailing Rob who is always happy to talk about their products.
What will not be possible is to buy any of the drinks in national High Street stores or pub chains.
Rob said: “We have a real passion for what we do and take real pride in being an independent family brewery. Very early on we took the decision to supply our products to only independent retailers and outlets and this is something we have not changed.”
This does not mean the drinks are difficult to find, especially around the Wellingborough area. The website lists a wide range of stockists including popular pubs and other venues like Wellingborough’s theatre The Castle.
The brewery’s close-knit team includes second brewer Harry Hiams and Matt Holland, who began his apprenticeship in product manufacturing just a few months ago.
Rob said: “We are delighted to have Matt and pleased that with the support of Tresham we have been able to create the opportunity.
“We are very proud of what we have been able to achieve. We don’t use cheap cereal additives, enzymes, artificial flavourings, colourings or preservatives and we don’t brew bland tasteless beer”
The brewery opens each Saturday from 10am to 5pm. The gift range starts from £10 to £45 with the brewery’s pledge that ‘pure beer tastes better.