Hatfield microbrewery celebrates launch of new beer

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 May 2013

Micro brewery owners Peter Zivkovic, Nick Zivkovic and Mark Fanner with landlord Bhup Solanki

Micro brewery owners Peter Zivkovic, Nick Zivkovic and Mark Fanner with landlord Bhup Solanki

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THREE ale loving friends have quit their jobs and launched their own microbrewery and are not looking back.

The Hatfield-based 3 Brewers of St Albans have just put the finishing touches to their first beer and it is already being stocked in Ayot St Lawrence’s The Brocket Arms.

Mike Fanner abandoned his corporate background to start the firm with brothers Peter and Niz Zivkovic, with the trio ready to start crafting some more ales.

Mike, 47, said: “We are beer lovers, we all drink real ale and we have done for donkey’s years.

“We wanted to fulfil our passion so getting into making our own was the first thing we looked at.”

He added: “It was the right decision to make and we haven’t looked back for one second.

“It’s always risky setting up a new business, but we have never looked at it that way.

“It is a good opportunity for us to do something fulfilling.”

The firm is also focused on sustainability with water from a borehole used in the recipe and all spent grains and hops are used for compost.

It has taken slightly longer than expected for the finishing touches to be added to the trio’s first brew, the Classic English Ale, but the boys are already thinking of new recipes.

“We were working on a summer ale so hopefully there will be lovely weather for a nice summer light beer and then after that we will do hopefully another two or three different ones,” Mike said.

“We will hopefully do a different one each season, we will do an autumn one or a winter warmer.”

To learn more about the new brewers log on to www.3brewers.co.uk or pop into The Brocket Arms to sample one of their fine beers.


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