Our Story

In early 2014 Red Cat Brewing opened shop with the sole aim of creating imaginative, stunning craft beer. We also want to challenge ourselves with different beer styles + processes, learn as much as we can, and innovate. With numerous awards across the huge range, our beers are up there with the best. That’s the message. Plus the fact that we don’t do boring.

When Iain left The Flowerpots Brewery in 2011 for a much needed physical rest, brewing was still unfinished business. Soon after this Andy was looking to expand his interests from running The Fulflood pub & pub brewing to larger scale brewing (he'd enjoyed the time when his father set up and ran Itchen Valley Brewery). After several meetings in the pub, as you do, the partnership was formed. 2013 saw the company set-up, planning and fund raising with brewery building access in Dec 2013. The first brews were March 2014.

See Our Beers

Specials are where we really stretch our imagination, creating exceptional beers across styles such as Session Pales, modern IPAs, Witbier, Sours, Sasion, Porter, and Stout. Our growing reputation for highest quality innovation is ensured with outside the box recipes like lemon infused Kairos, Huehuetenango coffee cream stout and multi-grain Blue Monday prohibition beer with honey. Regulars such as session pale Prowler and amber Scratch are in huge demand, along with the multi award winning Mr M’s Porter and the strong golden Tomcat. We don’t do boring.

The Process

You don’t need special kit to make great beer. Red Cat brewery equipment is a traditional English mash set up, made to our own specification by Malrex in Burton on Trent. Even then we break the rules and introduce some weird shit – but if we gave you the details we’d have to kill you. No cats are harmed in the making of our beers.

The Process

Meet the Team

Here’s the team that make all the magical elixirs and keep Red Cat purring smoothly.

Andy

Brewer & General Factotum

Andy

Born in a pub, brought up in pubs, landlord of a pub (where he also ran a small brewery), escaped from pub to brewery (but still wants a pub). You can take the boy out of the pub, but you can't take the pub out of the boy. Andy switches from role to role in the brewery, often taking over the brewing when lead brewer Jim is away. Co-founder of Red Cat with Iain.

Some favourites: Old Rosie, Muse, garlic bread, loud folk ballads sung at shouting level.

Jim

Brewer

Jim

In 2012 Jim had one of those epiphany moments and turned away from his misguided youth as a lager only drinker to also embrace the wonders of beer. That’s real lucky for us ‘cause Jim brews most of Red Cat’s output and he’s brought many stunning new ideas to the beer table including Black Peppercorn Wit, Earl Grey infused pale, multi-grain Prohibition Beer with honey, and low ABV high mash temp Cascade & Vienna SMASH. Used to work at Siron (yes we know, but the mis-spelling is a brewery in-joke) Craft Brew.

Some favourites: Siron Broken Dream, anything from Cantillon, Flying Dog Raging Bitch, will eat anything vaguely edible which isn't actually moving, rugby.

Simon

Chief Brewer

Simon

Sales guru, responsible for making sure that Red Cat is provided to all your favourite watering holes and finding new top notch establishments to stock our beers. Let Simon know if you’re desperate for Red Cat beers near you!

Some favourites: Pressure Drop Pale Fire, Lindemans Pecheresse, Five Points Railway Porter, Eight Arch Brewing Corbel, De Ranke XX Bitter, tiny models of big machines.

Iain

Chief Brewer

Iain

The old fart of the team who started brewing professionally in 2006 at Flowerpots in Hampshire. After handling many 10s of thousands of casks over the years, Iain’s knackered back and knees now keep him away from hands on in the brewery. But his head is still full of beer styles not yet brewed, techniques to try, ingredients to use, and recipe ideas to be set free. Co-founder of Red Cat with Andy.

Some favourites: Brakspears Bitter 1975-78 in The Dove, Reading (all-time perfect pint & perfect pub), Schlenkerla Märzen, Magic Rock High Wire Grapefruit, Verhaeghe Duchesse de Bourgogne, Freddie King, bacon sandwiches.

Enough Talk, Let's See Some Beers