Fool Hardy Ales was established in early 2013 by Martin Wood,
brewing out of the basement of 'The Hope Inn' Public House, Stockport.

Martin has worked in & around the pub trade for many years, winning such accolades as Camra Pub of the Year 5 times, amongst other awards. In mid 2012 Martin decided it was the right stage in his career to buy his first pub. The time had come to accomplish for himself, what he has helped so many other pubs achieve.


With this said & done he set about searching for his ideal pub, a few were in contention during the early part of the search, but one pub always stood out head & shoulders above the rest, with its iconic looks & brewery history, The Hope Inn.


The ideology behind Fool Hardy Ales is simple, to produce excellent, saleable beer.  After selling hundred’s of varieties of cask ale over the years, Martin didn’t just want to emulate someone else’s beers, he wanted to produce quality, engaging beers in his own right.


During our first 12 months of trade we managed to gain many accolades & awards, we hope this is just the tip of the iceberg & strive for more in the coming years.


Our aim: to produce cracking beer that sells itself, enough said!


A brief history of Hardy's Crown Ales…

Hardys’ owned quite a few iconic looking pubs in the Manchester area, of which only a handful now remain, including The Hope Inn, Stockport.

Hardys’ Crown Brewery was situated in Renshaw Street, Hulme, Manchester, along with its tap house, The Crown Hotel and was originally registered in 1889.

In 1962 Hardys’ Crown Brewery was bought out by United Breweries (who are still trading to this day) and then demolished it in 1965.

Long before Hardy's Crown Ales owned The Hope Inn it was called the Hope & Anchor and in 1840 was described as a brewhouse with a 6-barrel brewery. It's strange how The Hope has now gone full circle to become a brewhouse once again with Fool Hardy Ales.



With this in mind Martin spent a long time considering names for their own micro-brewery installed in the basement of The Hope Inn. After a lot of deliberation, and many names later, he settled on ‘Fool Hardy Ales’.

All the design work for the new brewery has been created my Martin himself, as with his previous design background, he knew exactly how he wanted to market ‘Fool Hardy Ales’. Martin has also designed Pump Clips and logo’s for many other breweries.

Please note: Any brewery visits must be booked in advance. Parties turning up unexpected will not be able to see the Brewery as it is a small working unit and needs to be cleared out for visits. Thank you.



Opening Times:

Sun – Thur 12noon – 11pm

Fri– Sat 12noon – 12pm


The Hope Inn, 118 Wellington Road North, Heaton Norris, Stockport, Greater Manchester SK4 2LL

Contact Us:


Tel: 0161 6376191