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4th July 2022

Hepworth & Company to install new canning line as part of investment programme

Andy Hepworth, founder and Chairman of Hepworth & Company

Andy Hepworth to focus on sustainability drive as Ed Wray promoted to head brewer

Hepworth & Company has unveiled a major programme of investment in its Sussex brewery, including the installation of a new 30,000 cans/per hour capacity canning line and a number of environmental measures which will help the brewer reach its 85% carbon neutral target by 2025.

The investment programme will be led by brewery founder and Managing Director Andy Hepworth, who is stepping down from day-to-day operations to become Chairman, guiding new projects. Ed Wray, who has been with Hepworth’s for three years as assistant head brewer, moves up to the head brewer role.

The canning line, which is scheduled to go live in August this year, will enable Hepworth’s to launch new beers specifically for the craft can sector later this year, complementing its existing range of cask, keg, and bottled beers. They will also offer a quality canning service to other brewers, to make use of the significant capacity offered by the new line.

Andy Hepworth said: “Our limited experience of canning beers has been something of a mixed bag, which most brewers who have explored canning will relate to – so many brewers we have spoken to have a horror story to tell about outsourced canning.

“Given our many years of successful contract bottling, the logical move was to bring canning in house, which gives us complete control over the quality of our canned beers and means we can go to our contract customers with a new service.

“The thirst for canned beers looks set to continue growing so we’re confident there will be demand from brewers who know Hepworth’s as a trusted contractor.”

Sustainability champions

Hepworth’s has big plans to continue blazing a trail for sustainable brewing, most immediately with a CO2 reclaim project set to be installed in autumn 2022.

This follows a string of sustainability measures implemented by Hepworth’s since opening its purpose-built brewery near Horsham, West Sussex, in 2016. In 2019, Hepworth’s created the world’s first beer source heat pump, using the heat from fermenting beer to heat the boiler that starts the brewing process. The brewery also reconditions wastewater through reed beds, purifies waste in an anaerobic digester and uses heat from beer chillers to heat the brewery offices and visitor centre.

Hepworth says: “Sustainability has driven the way we do business at Hepworth’s since the start. We have always looked to source our barley and hops locally, to minimise our food miles, and since moving to our current site we have put in place a number of measures to make us an increasingly sustainable business.

“By any measure, we are now one of the most sustainable brewers in the UK, but we are continuing to look for new ways to reduce our carbon footprint even further. We are aiming for 85% carbon neutral status by 2025 – 100% is simply not achievable within that time frame, but we will get there.

“I am personally excited about becoming the company’s full-time sustainability champion and passing the day-to-day running of the brewing operation over to the very capable hands of Ed.”


Notes to editor

  • Hepworth & Company was founded in 2001 in Horsham, West Sussex, by Andy Hepworth. The brewery moved from its site in central Horsham in 2016 to a purpose-built brewery in the nearby village of Adversane.
  • Andy Hepworth started his brewing career in Reading before moving to Horsham in 1980. Five years later he became the youngest Head Brewer in the country, winning many awards. When King & Barnes, Horsham’s last brewer, was sold in 2000, Andy and other members of the brewery team created Hepworth & Company, producing its first beers the following year.
  • The Hepworth’s portfolio includes traditional ales and more contemporary craft beers, available in cask, keg, bottle and, after the installation of a new canning line in summer 2022, in cans.
  • Leading brands available on draught and in bottle include Hepworth’s Sussex IPA; Saxon lager and Conqueror stout, while more recently launched bottle-only beers include: The Right Stuff American Pale Ale (winner of a 2021 Great British Food Award); Aztec 0.5% lager, Spartan 0.5% ale and Charger IPA.
  • All Hepworth’s beers are brewed from the highest quality ingredients, sourced in Sussex wherever possible, by the skilled brewing team led by Andy Hepworth and Ed Wray, appointed head brewer in 2022.
  • The majority of Hepworth’s beers are gluten free, vegan friendly and many are organic. Organic barley is sourced from the Goodwood estate in Sussex, and hops from award-winning hop grower Chris Daws at Bodiam.
  • Hepworth’s has won an impressive number of regional, national, and international awards including SIBA National Beer Competition, Taste of Sussex, and the International Beer Competition.
  • In addition to its own portfolio, Hepworth’s has also brewed for a number of retailers, including Marks & Spencer, producing their award-winning Sussex Golden Ale.
  • Hepworth’s have also bottled beers for many brewers across the UK, developing a reputation as a quality contract bottler.
  • The senior team at Hepworth’s includes Andy Hepworth, founder and Chairman; Tim Goacher, founder and production director and Ed Wray, appointed head brewer in 2022 following three years as assistant head brewer.

Press release issued by: ShielPorter Communications on behalf of Hepworth & Company

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