It was reported over the weekend that more than thirty craft microbreweries have opened over the last twelve months – in London alone.
For the most part this is, of course, excellent news, these breweries are being opened by passionate enthusiasts, all of whom seek to brew the finest beers they can.
I know of many breweries that started from a homebrewer’s passion, and there are links here at The Brewclub to companies that can equip you to start home brewing.
It’s something that I’ve considered in the past, partly because there used to be a ‘Massey’s brewery in Burnley, Lancashire, and it would be nice to resurrect brewing under my family name.
One of my local breweries, Wibblers, offers a ‘be the brewer’ day (here) for £100, including 17 pints of ‘your’ brew, and a new venture – interestingly called ‘The Brewclub’ (here) provides facilities for aspiring brewers.
However, Josh Weikert, a home brewer and publisher of the Beer Simple blog has written an excellent post here detailing why home brewers should think very, very carefully about making the leap into brewing ‘for real’.
No pun intended, but it’s sobering reading.