Summershed Brewery based in Wigginton, Tring has celebrated a successful first year of trading by opening newly extended facilities to meet demand for its premium bottle conditioned ales.
Having started the brewery as a hobby in a shed in his back garden, Simon Crichton made the decision to take the next step when the village established a community store that was the ideal shop window for his beers.
Simon Crichton, founder and owner of Summershed Brewery said: ‘It has been a really exciting year. Sales have gone from strength to strength, and it has been great to receive such positive feedback. As demand continues to grow, and with ambitions to increase the number of stockists, I took the decision to expand our premises and brewing facilities so that I can keep up with production. The shed also has a bar so that I can hold tastings which is proving to be popular too!’
The names of Summershed’s ales, which include Nell’s Obelisk, Peter the Wild Boy and The Great Grain Robbery, take inspiration from the Chilterns and its rich history. Simon has plans to add a couple of all new beers to his range over the course of the next 12 months as well as other products such as casks and personalised labels for special occasions including weddings. All six Summershed Brewery ales are available at the community-owned Wigginton Village Shop & Café which also celebrates its first anniversary this month.