Like several recent additions to Nottingham’s list of acclaimed breweries, Beeston Hop grew out of a home brew hobby.
After deciding I wanted to brew seriously, I spent a few days visiting breweries and brewing with established craft brewers to improve my knowledge of commercial brewing. I will always be incredibly grateful for the openness and welcoming attitude of many brewers, willing to share their time and expertise with a newb like me – many thanks guys.
The beer is mainly brewed in very small batches and bottled by hand. Occasionally I also brew something and put it into cask and in 2017 I'll also be exploring kegging my beers.
Early on I decided that I would brew vegan beer. Not because I am vegan myself; god knows, bacon improves most things. But it just seemed odd to me that it would be considered normal to add the liquidised swim bladders of fish to beer, in order to make it clearer. After brewing for a while – and speaking with other brewers – I came to realise that it wasn’t just odd, it was also unnecessary. So all our beers are isinglass/gelatin free.
In 2019 a change in life circumstances brought a change of address. I've always liked to have a relationship between place and the beers I brew, so I decided to launch a sister brewery brand to go with the new premises in Sneinton. Moulin Brew Co - a name chosen to reference the famous Green's Windmill, visible on the skyline from pretty much everywhere in Nottingham city centre. Moulin Brew Co is a vegetarian (rather than vegan) brewery, which opens us up to use ingredients like lactose and honey in some brew. Beeston Hop will continue to brew solely vegan beers.