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Stoney Ford Brew Co

Stoney Ford Brew Co is inspired by the town of Stamford, Lincolnshire, and launched in May 2016. Tim Nicol (right in the picture above) and Simon Watson (left), two local chaps with a love for top-quality ales, are behind the new microbrewery. Since coming up with the idea to open a brewery, they’ve been working meticulously to devise recipes to ensure their ales will taste exactly as they want them to taste. “We want to brew the qualities of Stamford into our beer – we want our beers to be unique, characterful, traditional and beautiful, just like the town.”

Tim and Simon chose the name ‘Stoney Ford’ because it is the origin of the name ‘Stamford’ and because the town is their inspiration.

“We make ‘small batch’ beer,” says Tim. “We avoid the word ‘craft’ because it’s been used so much that it’s lost meaning. We think ‘small batch beer’ gets our message across perfectly.”

Stoney Ford Brewing Co is starting out as a two-and-a-half ‘brewers’ barrel’ brewery (720 pints) and its beers will be made with English hops only and, where possible, malt grown in Norfolk and Lincolnshire. “The current trend is to use hops from America, New Zealand and Australia to create massively hoppy beers. We want to show that you can make memorable, creative, interesting brews using native hops,” says Simon. “Our core pub beers will be quaffable brews that make you want to go back to the bar for more. But our bottled range will be different – more distinctive, stronger and designed for matching with different foods.”

By editor-in-chief Matt Wright

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Crown St, Ryhall, near Stamford, Rutland
07803 050108

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