Grant Thomas: Owner and Head Brewer

The Emsworth Brewhouse is a new nano-brewery based in Hollybank, Emsworth. Their Craft Ales are brewed, by hand, in small batches of 240 litres. The finest English malted barley is blended with carefully selected UK grown hops to create unique artisan ales. It has also won ‘Best new small business’ at the Havant Small Business awards 2016.

Each beer is individually bottled and labelled by hand and is also Bottle Conditioned. The beer continues to improve through secondary fermentation within the bottle, just like Real Ale in a pub! The brewhouse also has a strong sustainability ethic using their rooftop Solar Electric & Thermal energy to brew the beer which is personally delivered using zero emission, electric vehicles.



What does Emsworth Brewhouse produce?


The Emsworth Brewhouse Craft Ales

Three beers for the moment with two in development;

  1. Mainsail 3.8%

    A light, flavour packed ale using 100% Cascade hops to deliver a floral aroma with hints of citrus peel and tangerine with a refreshing crisp taste.

  2. Flotilla 4.4%
    A dark amber coloured ale with fruity flavours from the blend of three English Ale Malts. Target & Bobek hops enrich the flavours with hints of sultana in the final finish.

  3. Wodehouse 4.8% 

    is a rich, dark chestnut coloured ale delivering a smooth, full bodied taste. A slight hint of Christmas Cake is derived from three English hop strains; Challenger, Fuggles and East Kent Goldings. It is a tribute to author and lyricist P.G Wodehouse who spent many happy years in Emsworth.

Additional ales will be added through the year with some seasonal variations including IPAs, Christmas Ales and a Milk Stout called The EMS.

What made you decide to go into the brewing industry?

I was a home brewer – I took a bottle of my beer into The Blue Bell in May 2015, the landlord, Giles, tasted it and said “I’ll put that on the bar tomorrow! It then took from May to December to get all the necessary legal and customs registration.

Who is involved and how long have you been doing this?

It’s just me. Brewing, bottling, labelling, cleaning, delivery – the works!

Why do you love living and working around Emsworth?

Living in Hollybank is great as I can walk round the woods every day with my Spaniel and still be only a mile from the sea and the harbour.

Where can we buy your Craft Ales?

In Bottles from Vin Wine Merchants, Emsworth Delicatessen, Stansted Park Farm Shop and on the pump at The Blue Bell, And guest ales at The Coal Exchange, The Stag’s Head Westbourne and The Inglenook Hotel, Pagham. More outlets being announced soon.

Do you welcome visitors to your premises?

Unfortunately not, but I do have stands at The Westbourne and Emsworth Horticultural shows and the Emsworth Food for Thought market where you can meet the brewer and buy direct for discounted prices.

What events can we see you at?

In addition to the above the big upcoming event is the first Emsworth Beer Festival 30 Sep – 2 October, organised by Wemsfest.

Any advice for people wishing to start brewing at home?

If you’re local, join the Portsmouth Homebrew Club on Facebook – run by the Get Brewing home brew shop in Southsea – I learned huge amounts taking my beers along and fine tuning them.


You can find out more about the Emsworth Brewhouse here.

The Emsworth Brewhouse will also be at the A Thought for Food, local producers market on 27th September 2016 10am-3pm. The market takes place in South Street Car Park, Emsworth