Farr Brew, based in Wheathampstead, St Albans, has secured its first nationwide award — the top prize for Green Business from the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).

Farr Brew SIBA awardFounder and head brewer, Nick Farr, said: “The award is a real honour for the company and for St Albans and surrounding regions generally — particularly as CAMRA has their headquarters based there.”

The brewery currently employs five local people, and has plans for expansion in the near future.

The sustainability message has always been at the core of all business decisions and this holistic approach clearly appealed to the judging panel, who complimented the company on its ongoing commitment to choosing the green path in all elements of the brewing process.

These measures include:

  • A Hop Collective with more than 250 members
  • A commitment to direct re-use of the vast majority of waste, rather than purely to recycling
  • Local sourcing of ingredients — honey produced in hives within a few hundred yards is used in its CAMRA award-winning Porter, for instance. This year sees the production of hops on a field near the brewery.
  • Buying local — the company’s tap room is open every Saturday and includes a selection of wine, cider, spirits and other produce, all sourced within a few miles of the brewery.

2018 also sees the commitment to locality and sustainability grow further through:


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