For well over 300 years, Windsor ales were famous amongst rich and poor alike.
On St Georges Day 2010, seventy-nine years after the closure of Windsor’s last brewery, four friends came together to bring brewing back to the heart of these two famous Berkshire towns.
Today everyone who works here is helping to make Windsor beers world famous again.
Co-owner and master brewer Paddy has the longest commute as he splits his time between his home in Wilmslow and Windsor. Due to this he moonlights as a drayman for the ‘up north’ route. While at home Paddy puts his wife Sue to work making beer based nuts, fudge & preserves. His main talent however is creating our award-winning beers!
"Seeing Jim get covered in yeast whilst unblocking the outlet of a full fermenter as I was glad it wasn’t me!"
As Paddy’s son you could bet brewing is in his blood. Brewer and founder of Uprising Brewery, Kieran is a young brewer looking to push the boundaries and challenge the brewing convention.
"Whilst I was working in the brewery Alex went to dry hop a vessel of Republika. Unbeknownst to him the vessel was fuller than usual so when he added the hops the beer exploded creating a beer volcano that flooded the brewery. Funny now but not at the time!"
When not photobombing all our pictures Penny runs the shop ensuring you can always get your beer fix.
"Christmas 2011 and the launch of Mandarin. There was such an incredible response from everyone. Along with the Maracaná I’ve never seen a beer fly out the door so quickly."
István is one of our brewers who gets his head down and the get the beer brewed with little fuss. Consistent and flawless just like the beers he brews.
"Drinking a beer that I’ve brewed whether it’ll be at my home or at one of the pubs we supply gives me a real sense of pride and achievement."
James will always lighten the mood in the brewery with his infectious laugh. A multi-talented guy whose array of jobs helps to keep the beer flowing.
"Being a rugby player I’ll have to say watching the rugby on the big screen in the brewery. The atmosphere is amazing and what a unique place to watch the game."
Our man on the road! Clive is responsible for business development for trade. He has the enviable job of visiting pub after pub for chats.
"The new bar going in at the George giving us six hand pulls and giving me a wider range of beers for my day off."
Linda heads up accounts for the George. Armed with her ‘executioner’ bug zapper she keeps the office in order.
"I can’t go into too much detail but you know that moment when you walk in halfway through a conversation and misinterpret the whole thing. Well Penny and I were having a natter when Patrick walked in at a particular moment of the convo and the look on his face was priceless. It was made even funnier for us, scarier for him as it was his first day! Thankfully he did come back though!"
Co-owner and all things marketing. Bob is Jim’s brother and is responsible for all our branding. The most sought after man in the business. If you find him in the brewery you’ve done well!
"Being a bit of a history buff getting the chance to drink one of our own beers, Waterloo Guardsman, with my brother on the battlefield on the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo was very cool."
Alex loves beer so much it’s even in his name! One of our young ‘hip’ brewers who thankfully brews beer better than he does tea! If you can’t find him he’ll be up to his neck in the copper or such like.
"My favourite moment was the 5th birthday celebrations which culminated in the pub crawl. It was great day, with great people and great beer."
Without Joe we wouldn’t be able to rack any beer! Responsible for ensuring the casks and kegs are returned, cleaned & sterilised ready for the next batch.
"I enjoy working at the Knight Club events especially on ‘Joe’s bar’ which we set up at my work station."
Derek is the most photographed man at the brewery. He tends to go under the radar as whenever he’s out about making deliveries his co-workers, Tommy & Major grab all the attention. Without Derek there would be no Horse drawn dray in Windsor.
"It is quite exciting when you turn the corner at Windsor Castle and everyone gets their camera out. I pretend it’s for me but my shire horses are the real stars."
There’s a good chance that the beer Patrick is delivering to pubs was brewed by him too as he splits his working week between production and logistics.
"Finishing up the first brew of Island Hopper with it being my first solo brew which filled an entire tanker is kind of cool!"
Sarah brings a wealth of talent to the team with her sales expertise. She uses her experience in the industry to help us develop business across the country.
"My first day! Everyone was so welcoming and friendly. After being here for a week it felt like I’d been here for a year."
Rob is part of the logistics team and also a reliable fellow to help out on a bar at some of our many events.
"Working, well I say working it was more socialising really, at the Windsor Beer Fest with the Skin & Blister band playing. A great day and to be part of the first ever Windsor Beer Fest was fun."
Mila volunteers with us in his spare time. A true globetrotter it was through Mila that we found our collaborator for Republika pilsner.
"I was sitting with my mate at the Carpenters Arms and there were these two chaps sitting at the next table, looking at us. Then one of them stood up and came to our table and asked me if I was from the brewery and if I was the guy behind the Republika lager. When I said yes he took my hand and shook it and said: Thank you, thank you so much for that! You have no idea, how happy we are that you brought something so great to Windsor. After just few years volunteering at the brewery to get this kind of recognition is priceless."
Co-owner and Finance guru. Willie can usually be found buried at his desk crunching numbers.He does this so efficiently that were able to acquire the George which has added to his mountains of paperwork and giving him even more numbers to crunch.
"Being awarded the best supplier award by Waitrose was a very proud moment as it recognises the way we do business."
Having been a paramedic in London for the best part of of 26 years, London traffic doesn't bother Guy. So if you're in need of an 'emergency' delivery of beer, Guy is your guy. Mind you, on his beer journeys, he's still finding new parts of the city even he never knew existed...
"Easily my best moment so far was delivering in Windsor with the Horses. What a fantastic experience!"
Paul heads up logistics with a bit of sales, production, social media, marketing (well coming up with puns) & events thrown in. He also 'consults' the office on Fantasy Football but judging by his results we're better off making our own minds up!
"Moving into unit 3 as my Dad’s business was based there years ago. I spent many a summer holiday working there with him so to be working back on the estate and in the same building is quite special."
Co-owner and chief engineer. Brother to Bob it’s Jim that keeps the brewery ticking over, literally. He does have a tendency to drift off down to the George from time to time to ‘work’!
"Seeing our first ever brew back in April 2010 is my highlight as it was the beginning of the journey and I was especially happy that everything in the plant worked!"
Easily the two/three most popular members of the team. At 17 hands high and able to shift over a ton of beer between them the combination of any two from Tommy, Major & Roger bring traditional deliveries back to Windsor every fortnight during the summer.
"For us we enjoy strutting our stuff around the Royal Horse Show. We love all the attention that comes our way."
We had to change his profile picture 3 times before he was happy with it! Graeme’s focus lies totally with our customers, ensuring you enjoy your experience at the brewery. Whether it’s a visit to our shop, a brewery tour, a members night or a night at the brewery watching rugby – Graeme’s on it!
"I did take a bit of pride in the Windsor Beer Fest. Though a lot of work, once it was done and dusted I really enjoyed the experience and glad everyone enjoyed the event."
Tim can often be found navigating the maze that is the City of London. He’ll happily rise at the crack of dawn to get beer into Leicester Square and Victoria before the roads get closed.
"I really enjoy building relationships with my regular outlets. It makes the delivery more enjoyable the traffic more bearable when the job you do gets appreciated."
Jake helps out with all things brewery from racking to making brights. He gets the job done!
"Whenever we show sport in the brewery, whether it’s Rugby, Football or Cycling there’s always a great atmosphere!"
Continuing the family connection, Andrea is Jim’s better half and sister in law to Bob. Heading up our accounts department she’s the most important person in the business as she ensures that we all get paid!
"Moving into the new office mainly because it’s air conditioned and I’ve got a bit more space!"