Andy Hepworth started brewing in Reading almost directly after University. He moved to Horsham in 1980 and within five years became the youngest Head Brewer in the country, winning many awards.
The long-standing tradition of brewing in Horsham came to an abrupt halt in 2000 with the sale of its last brewery and so Andy, determined to maintain that tradition, joined up with the key members of the brewing team in order to create Hepworths, an independent brewery aiming to build its own range of quality brands, while maintaining flexibility for contract work.
Response to the new venture was huge; finance was built from pooled redundancy payments and contributions from family and friends. The Company was established in 2000 and started production in 2001; it is constantly expanding.
Meet The Brewers
Our brewing team is skilled and dedicated with well over 100 years of experience between them. Craft beer depends on skill; and here it is!
Andy Hepworth, Managing Director and Head Brewer, has been brewing since the mid-1970s and was Head Brewer at Horsham’s King & Barnes for 10 years, before the brewery was sold. Now he has his own brewery he can explore and develop all the beers he loves.
Tim Goacher, Production Manager, has worked with Andy for 30 years and knows all about production and packaging – and a fair bit about brewing.
Ed Wray joined us in 2019 as Assistant Head Brewer with a wealth of experience behind him.