Loddon are a family run company with a close-knit team of seven employees. The brewery was founded by Chris and Vanessa Hearn in 2002 and brewing commenced in July 2003. Loddon are based in a small village called Dunsden Green, situated on the rural estate of Lord Phillimore.

Their Story

The Loddon Brewery is an independent brewery based in Dunsden Green in Oxfordshire, near both Henley on Thames and Reading.

Loddon Brewery was launched by Chris and Vanessa Hearn in 2002 following the closure of Brakspear’s brewery in Henley, where Chris and his head brewer Steve Brown worked. Its name derives from its location in the Loddon Valley and the River Loddon. Today, they still operate as a close-knit team of only seven employees.

The brewery has won numerous awards for its traditional real ales, including the 2006 Tesco Drinks Awards (Bottled) and multiple CAMRA and SIBA awards. It won Newcomer of the Year at the Henley on Thames Business Awards 2004, and Chris won Businessperson of the Year in 2006.

In 2008, the brewery’s Ferryman’s Gold won a silver medal in the golden beer category at the CAMRA Great British Beer Festival in London.

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