Founded on a lifelong dream and a passion for home brewing and drinking beer, Longdog Brewery eventually came about as the result of circumstance and well-timed misfortune. Redundancy from his job in telecoms saw Phil Robins, father of two and husband to self proclaimed “Beer Widow” Lisa, create Longdog Brewery and start brewing commercially.
Based in Basingstoke, Hampshire, Longdog Brewery will be building on the rich history of brewing in the town during the 19th century.
Longdog Brewery beers are all made from natural ingredients and reflect Phil’s passion for well balanced beers designed to be refreshingly easy to drink. A core range of 4 ales is available year round giving a diversity of flavour from the sessionable Bunny Chaser to the light and hoppy Golden Poacher through the dependably traditional Brindle Bitter to the more complex Lamplight Porter. In addition to this, specials and seasonals will be available throughout the year like the Hare of the Dog mild available in April and May.
The brewing plant was supplied by Elite Stainless Fabrications, Swindon, and is a 6 barrel plant. With the two fermentation vessels provided, the plant is capable of producing 48 firkins (or 3456 pints) of beer each week. There’s plenty of space in the unit for expansion which is good considering the current demand which is fast approaching the existing maximum capacity.
The first brew day was the 27th of July 2011, the beer being Brindle Bitter. This was closely followed by the first brewing of Golden Poacher a few days later.
The beers are selling well so keep an eye out for them at pubs, clubs and festivals throughout the area and if you see the van on the road give us a wave.