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Beer pals setting new standards

From the left, head brewer Paul Harris, sales  Samantha Turner, London partner Jonny Naylor and managing partner Angus Wood.

From the left, head brewer Paul Harris, sales Samantha Turner, London partner Jonny Naylor and managing partner Angus Wood.

Last summer Stod Fold beer started flowing through the pumps and now 5,000 pints a week are brewed at Ogden.

Long-time friends Angus Wood and Paul Harris brought their expertise of finance/marketing and brewing/microbiology to set up the business.

Computer controlled equipment is used to help head brewer Dr Harris push the boundaries of consistency and taste to new levels.

Mr Wood grew up on the site of the brewery before moving away and setting up a finance business in London.

He returned to nurture his passion for exceptional beers and now splits his time between his north/south business interests.

His connections have led to a two-pronged approach to sales with Samantha Turner responsible for the north and London partner Jonny Naylor for the south.

The brewery is starting to transport some of its beer in mid-process to London for fermenting to release a bottle-neck and boost production.

Mr Wood said week-by-week the number of pubs taking Stod Fold beer was growing helped by the increasing popularity of real ale.

“I think there is a general returning to ways of the past and to small craft independents of all sorts,” he said.

“People are fed up of the big bland companies.”

Stod Fold Gold (3.8%), Amber (4.2%) Blonde (4.5%) and Pils (4.8%) are winning new fans and once a month the brewery opens up to the trade to attract more customers to the brands.

 

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