Date set for opening of first brewery in Berkhamsted for 100 years

The founders of Berkhamsted's Haresfoot Brewery.
The founders of Berkhamsted's Haresfoot Brewery.

A date has now been set for the launch of Berkhamsted’s first brewery in 100 years – and its first beer will be called Lock Keeper’s.

The tipple will be about 3.9 per cent alcohol, and is named after the town’s last brewery, Locke & Smith, which closed its Water Lane doors in 1914.

Next to come will be a lighter 3.7 per cent beer, which will be produced for drinking during the World Cup this summer.

A premium 4.4 per cent ale will follow later in the year and there will also be seasonal ales.

Haresfoot Brewery is the brainchild of eight businessmen who live in and around Berkhamsted.

Nick Heath, one of them, 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.”

Haresfoot Brewery is based beside the Grand Union Canal in the town’s River Park Industrial Estate.

The brewery kit is due to arrive there on Sunday, March 9, and after its installation the first beer will be made at the site three days later.

The business is on target to be launched on Saturday, April 5, though it will be officially opened by Berkhamsted mayor Ian Reay on Monday, April 24.

A bar and shop will be based on-site for the public to drop in, have a tipple and buy some beer to take away. A website for making orders will go live soon.

The brewery will be promoted at the town’s market on the three Saturday mornings leading up to April 5.