Co-owners Naomi and Dave Hayward of Windsor and Maidenhead’s multi-award winning craft beer business A Hoppy Place announce the launch of a new brewery in the heart of Windsor, Berkshire.
Indie Rabble Brewing Co.
Working with Alex Rowlands as Head Brewer and Alison Steele on operations and scheduling, Naomi will be joining the new startup as the creative lead and Dave as Sales, Marketing and Technical lead.
Alex brings 10 years of brewing experience at Windsor & Eton, Thornbridge Brewery and Phantom Brewing Co to the project, in what is quickly becoming the “West Windsor Beer Mile”. A short walk to Windsor & Eton Brewery, this new venture neighbours recent startup Two Flints Brewery and is just 5 minutes on foot per hop from Windsor’s 2022 gold and silver winning pubs according to Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead CAMRA: A Hoppy Place and The Windsor Trooper, respectively.
The brewery will use a brand new Elite Stainless Fabrications Electric Powered 20HL brewhouse paired with Gravity Systems fermenting vessels to produce a range of beer, with special attention paid to German-influenced Lager, both hazy and bright pale ales, kettle sours and stouts. Whilst a faultless execution is critical to beer sommelier and lead Society of Independent Brewers – SIBA judge Dave, expect plenty of experimentation too, with truly exciting beers already planned for launch.
The name Indie Rabble stems from the love of music, community, beer and good times borne out of the garden of Windsor’s A Hoppy Place outlet. Dave says: “When we opened Windsor Hoppy, we didn’t really know anyone in the borough, even though Naomi and I had lived in Berkshire for by then 6 years. We didn’t have many friends. Plenty of people we knew down the pub, but not really friends. Hoppy changed everything for us, and gave us many of our now closest friends over a shared love of Punk, Rock, and Metal music, plus beer and food. Naomi, who sings in local band “Amp Cats” and has a long history of performance adds: “I have also found new audiences for my music, with plenty of sites in Windsor and Maidenhead to have hosted us since we launched our own pub”.
For Ally, Alex, Dave and Naomi – they’d found their rabble, and now they’re building their home for it.
Indie Rabble will have a dedicated music stage featuring regular live music with both professional and non-professional music evenings the backdrop to their beer range. The brewery will launch with 8 collaboration brews, four showcasing the astounding Berkshire Beer community and four from further afield – leaning on connections made by Dave and Naomi running A Hoppy Place – to guarantee some of the country’s very best craft beer right on launch night.
The four know that even in a challenging market, they have the unique combination of skills to excel. Whilst Dave and Naomi know what sells and how to sell it, Alison brings 22 years experience in beverage sales and manufacturing to the table – earning confidence in balancing the books and maintaining the brew schedule. This all allows Alex to do what he does best: Brew fantastic beer.
Indie Rabble Brewing Co will launch June with an evening of live bands, street food and brilliant beer, details to be confirmed.