A Pawsome Start for new Brewery RedDog Ales
Why RedDog Ales? Johnny’s passions in life are brewing, eighties music and his red and white Border Collie dogs Flair and Trent, this has become part of his brand.
RedDog Ales set up by Johnny, initially planned to be on a smaller scale within his summer house in the back garden but Broxtowe Brough Council refused planning permission in Summer 2022. Disappointment and heartache led to bigger ambitions and when the opportunity to purchase brewery equipment and rent a unit locally arose, Johnny took the leap.
Initially homebrewing for five years, producing brew footage and tasting videos for his 1000+ subscribers on YouTube, He also entered beers into competitions and travelled across UK to Homebrew Festivals attending seminars and judging beers.
Wanting to establish a career in the brewing industry, he secured the vacant brewer’s role joining Magpie Brewery, producing award winning ales including Champion Beer of Nottingham 2023. He was also given the opportunity to collab with the brewery ‘Magpie x RedDog Ales’ creating three new ales Pacific States 4.6% -New world DDH Pale, Slow Down Trev 3.7%- NZ Pale and Pheasants Pride 5.4%- ESB, this was the first step to establishing his own brand with full creative control.
RedDog Ales Brewery
Located on an industrial estate in Ilkeston on Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border, sitting next to Erewash canal. Traditional 10 bbl set-up with the flexibility to brew from 2.5 bbl. Focusing on cask ales with a modern take using the freshest hops from the UK and across the globe. Currently focusing on firkins and pins to the trade.
Sustainability plays a big part in how Johnny operates the business, living in Kimberley he has established relationships with his local farm and allotments, as part of a typical brew day all grains and hops are sent to be used as animal feed and mulch. Walking the dogs locally, its great to know that the animals you see in the fields are benefiting from the brewing process. He also uses green energy and where possible uses local companies for ingredients.
Setting up the brewery has been a family affair, Johnny’s wife Carla helps with beer names and designing the artwork. As RedDog Ales continues to grow, they have some big plans including a Kegging setup, their Bottle Conditioned Ales being supplied direct to the public, meet the brewer events, brewery tours and a taproom!
Johnny has a real passion for real ales with his favourite style being Best Bitter, and RedDog Ales’ Bonny Best 4.4% Best Bitter is one to look out for. You can find RedDog Ales in and around Nottingham including Barrel Drop, Doctors Orders, Mist Rolling Inn and Byron’s Rest. You’ll be sure to find them at the Nottingham Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival Nano bar too, more reason to secure your ticket and sample some wonderful small brewery beers like RedDog Ales.