To men of a certain age, boys’ toys can be things like fast cars, speed boats or race horses. For Ryan Hornes, it’s all about the beer and making his dream come true after 20 years in the construction industry. Literally 30 feet from his kitchen door he’s created a small, but perfectly formed brewery.
Celebrating his 40th birthday this month, Ryan has built this fantastic business from what used to be his garage. He’s extended it upwards and outwards, built a cold store for conditioning and doubled his storage space for bottles and casks. Although technically still working on his own, Ryan is ‘helped’ by his 5 year old son and three pygmy goats; Herby, Dusty and Sooty who live in the field next to the brewery.
Success has come quickly for Ryan and his hard work has been recognised by Milton Keynes Chamber of Trade as a new Start Up Business and by The Labologists’ Society for the design of his bottles. As if creating your own award winning isn’t enough, instead of settling down with a bottle after a hard day’s brewing, Ryan can pop round the corner and he’s drinking his own beer in his village local, the beautiful Wheatsheaf Hotel.
Ryan has already built up a strong following for his beers in the Milton Keynes and greater Buckinghamshire area and his next challenge is to see his ales enjoyed by a wider audience. Best of British Beer is doing its bit to help by showcasing Ryan’s Featherstone Amber Ale in the June selection for our Beer For A Year members. Named after a local WWI fighter pilot, this is a perfect beer to enjoy in the summer sun – crystal clear, not too strong and perfectly balanced.
I’m sure you’ll enjoy Captain Gerald Featherstone Knight’s beer from Hornes Brewery and all the other selections in the Best of British Beer.
Happy 40th birthday Ryan!