The Hooded Ram brewery based at the Hills Meadow Industrial Estate in Douglas is the venture of former compliance worker Robert Storey, 34, who lives in Onchan.
The brewery can produce two and a half barrels in a batch – the equivalent of around 700 pints – and could produce two batches each week. So far they have produced 10 or 12 different beers, with the six-per cent IPA proving to be the most popular so far. The beers have been sold in numerous pubs around the island including the Marine and White House in Peel, the Albert and the Outback in Douglas, the Bridge in Laxey and the Mitre and Trafalgar in Ramsey.
A range of ales designed for pub sales will be supplemented by some big bold American style beers which will predominantly be bottled and sold directly through the brewery shop, which will also act as the base for brewery tours and tasting sessions from the bar which is named the ‘Tap Barrrrrrr’. Inspiration for the American style beers has come from ‘Goose Island Brewery’ in Chicago and ‘Dog Fish Head Brewery’ in Delaware. Already in possession of some Scotch and Jim Beam barrels for some winter Stouts and Porters, some fresh oak barrels are being purchased for the spring and summer fruit aged beers.
The brewery shop, located in Hills Meadow, is open Thursday’s and Friday’s (3:00 to 7:00) and Saturdays (12:00 to 6:00). Tours can be arranged by either visiting www.hoodedram.com, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the brewery on (01624) 612464.