Hammerpot Brewery was founded in 2005 with the aim of handcrafting authentic premium real ales. Within a year, its founder Lee Mitchell had created an award winning beer, Woodcote Bitter. Growing production to a ten barrel plant, by 2012 Lee had created the Champion Porter of Great Britain, crowned at that year’s CAMRA Winter Ales festival. Hammerpot has developed a core range of popular beers available in discerning pubs across the southeast region. Some of the most popular cask ales, including HPA -Hammerpot Pale Ale, Red Hunter and the award winning Woodcote Bitter, Madgwick Gold and Bottle Wreck Porter, are also available in bottle to enjoy at home. Throughout the year Hammerpot also create seasonal speciality beers in cask that celebrate the broad range of ale tastes and styles.
Hammerpot Brewery has become one of the most established and proven of the ‘modern’ microbreweries, based on the talent and innovation of its Head Brewer Lee Mitchell and his longstanding brewing team Tom and Rob. There’s something unique and special about Hammerpot: blending real ale tradition with a modern twist, Lee’s signature recipes respect the great British history of small scale brewing, partnered with many of the new hop flavours available from America and Australia, as well as traditional English hops.
Hammerpot ales are truly Sussex born and bred – Lee himself grew up in West Sussex, was a part-time cellarman by age 14, and built his manufacturing skills at some of the highest end and most popular global cosmetics manufacturers based in the region before giving in to his passion for beer and investing everything he had in the brewery. The ales are brewed near the tiny hamlet of Hammerpot, near Arundel, using water from the South Downs and carefully selected hops, malted barley and wheat.
Production is sustainable too – from forgoing mechanisation for traditional hand bottling, through to ensuring the spent grains from production are not wasted but feed animals on the local farm.
Many ales are named after important local and historic events, as much a part of the Sussex heritage as Hammerpot Brewery itself is becoming, as it reaches its landmark tenth anniversary. We hope you enjoy Hammerpot’s award winning local ales and thank you for supporting a unique local business based on passion and quality.