In 2008, Tom purchased the Red Lion Inn, Cricklade, and the Hop Kettle Brewing Co. was born. Within four years (2012) the first Hop Kettle Brewery was up and running in a barn in the garden of the pub, providing customers with a selection of beers to be found nowhere else.
In 2015 a second larger brewery was opened in Swindon to enable an increase in production levels to satisfy the ever growing demand for Hop Kettle beers. In addition this expansion helped to grow a unique side of the business, Beer Tailor.
Beer Tailor was developed as an arm of the Hop Kettle Brewing Co. to develop and produce 100% unique, bespoke beers for customers including some of the most recognised restaurant/bar/hospitality groups in London including Busaba Eathai, Grind, Ceru and Joe Allen.
In 2019 Hop Kettle Brewing Co. sold the Red Lion Inn but kept the brewery in the garden and still produces beers for the pub and customers all over the local area.
Hop Kettle Brewing Co. has continued to grow year on year adding new arms to the business which include another 2 bars in Old Town, Swindon.
Hop Kettle Tap & Brew, 51 Devizes Road & The Eternal Optimist 1-3 Devizes Road.
The latest addition to the business is the Hop Kettle Mobile Bar which was completed in 2021 and which will be making appearances at Festivals, Weddings, Campsites and many other events around the area.
We hope in the not too distant future to grow our bar portfolio even more and are constantly on the look out for new local sites that would fit our brand and business model perfectly.