Dermot Haworth, founder of Fat Monk - "In 2002, my family created a wine brand called Abbey Cellars and proceeded to build a winery in 2005. It's a small boutique winery with a great cellar door, which was finished in 2008.
Around this time, I started travelling around Asia and Europe. I was amazed at the small brew pubs everywhere and how different they all were. Vietnam breweries producing Belgium beer and U.K. producing American styles astounded me. There seemed to be a renaissance happening around the world.
I started on a little pilot brewing equipment doing 100 litres and still do for experimental and crazy beer styles. That's what makes it fun, to be able to try and experiment with a range of styles and flavours. The beers came out amazing with some crazy flavours from new and experimental hops that were coming out of NZ and America at the time, which really got me inspired to carry on.
In 2012, I thought the winery cellar door would be a great place for a brewpub as well. So, I set about doing small batches to test the market and create a lot of new recipes. Everyone seemed willing volunteers to try the beer, so have kept expanded ever since."
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