About Fool Hardy Ales
Martin has worked in and around the pub trade for over 30 years, winning such accolades as Camra Pub of the Year 5 times at 3 different pubs, amongst other awards. In mid 2012 Martin decided it was the right stage in his career to buy his first pub knowing he wanted it to be a brewpub even though he’d never brewed in his own right before, not even homebrew!
The time had come to accomplish for himself, what he has helped so many other pubs achieve. With this said and 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 and shoulders above the rest, with its iconic looks and brewery history, The Hope Inn.
The ideology behind Fool Hardy Ales is simple, to produce excellent, saleable beer. After selling hundreds 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. Martin also does all his own design work and has designed pump clips and logos for many other breweries over the years.
During the first 12 months of trade we managed to gain many accolades and awards, we hope this is just the tip of the iceberg and strive for more in the coming years.
Our aim: to produce cracking beer that sells itself, enough said!
Since we opened our doors in February 2013 we have gained a few awards!
Best new brewery pump clip design 2013 from The National Pump Clip Museum for 'Reckless'
Stockport and South Manchester Camra 'Pub of the Year 2014'
Stockport Beer and Cider Festival, Beer of the festival 2014, 'Silver for Risky Blond'
Mild Magic Award, The Hope Inn, 'Champion Mild Pub 2014'
Stockport Beer and Cider Festival, Beer of the festival 2017, 'Gold for Riptide'
SIBA’s Independent Beer Awards 2017, Cask Speciality Light Beers, ‘Gold for Riptide’
Our beer has also been in The House of Commons twice, which is no mean feat for a small brewery
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.