In 2013 Charlie and Sam met at craft beer institution The Rake in Borough Market. They both heard from a mutual friend that they had the same plans – to build a brewery. They shook hands, drank some beer, got to know each other and penned a plan to put their stake in the brewing world.
Few years fast forward and 2019 was a really interesting year for craft beer in London. Some of the biggest craft players had been sold over the previous 18 months, leaving Gipsy Hill as one of the largest independent breweries in London. By volume, the amount of craft beer brewed by independent business had dropped from 100% in 2015 when they were founded, to ~circa. 20%. Gipsy Hill had to continue to improve their beer to show that independents do make better beer than macro-owned breweries!
Hepcat is a Session IPA. It’s everything the style should be – fruity nose, juicy body, bright taste.