Bowman Ales’ Martin Roberts on running an award-winning micro-brewery
When asked about his motivation behind brewing beers under the banner of Bowman Ales Ltd for nearly 16 years and counting, Martin Roberts tells it like it is…
“I like drinking!” the co-founder/director of the Droxford-based micro-brewery laughs, while taking a quick break from his busiest brewing cycle of the year. “In all seriousness, the passion is still there after all these years and it’s a thing you do for love, not for money.
“There’s always a quest for the perfect pint, and to be honest with our beers we come really close.”
You might think those are bold words coming from Martin – considering how competitive Hampshire’s beer industry has become over the last few years – but there’s a reason Bowman Ales are the headline brewery for the long-awaited return of the Ashcroft Arts Centre Summer Ale Festival, taking place on Saturday 13 August.
“I go [to Ashcroft Arts Centre] quite a lot to see live music and it’s just so nice to be associated with such a seriously good place and with the Summer Ale Festival. Events like these keep our flag raised up on the flagpole, so it’s definitely worthwhile.”