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Five minutes with Faram’s – Matheau Hicks and Oliver Parsons of Arundel Brewery

Matheau Hicks and Oliver Parsons of Arundel Brewery

What’s your favourite hop?


Oliver: my favourite hop is Mosaic®

What’s your favourite beer?


Oliver: my favourite beer is not available in the UK and is Swish by Bissell Brother, it’s phenomenal


Mat: Westmalle dubbel

Favourite Food & Beer pairing?


Oliver: You can’t beat a good spicy meat pizza with a lovely NEIPA

Favourite beer destination?


Oliver: Last year I had the opportunity to tour the New England area of America and it has amazing taprooms and great beer to boot


Mat: Belgium. I have been a few times and it has been amazing beer and weather.

Favourite pub in the UK?


Oliver: The Lockhart tavern in Haywards Heath, It has the nicest staff with an great ever changing craft beer range


Mat: Georgi Fin in Worthing, Was my local micro pub.

What’s the one item in the brewery you couldn’t live without?


Oliver: I could not live without our Anton Paar cbox


Mat: Tea bags!

Favourite song/album/artist/music to play during a brew day?


Oliver: Its pretty much non stop metal throughout the day but mostly KillSwitch Engage


Mat: Metal with splatters of synthwave and some occasional Kraftwerk.

If you weren’t in the brewing industry, what would you be doing?


Oliver: I’d probably still be stuck behind a desk as a picture editor


Mat: Producing in the TV & Film world.

Biggest inspiration in brewing?


Mat: Local legend Mark Tranter. Dark Star were the first beers I was drinking and what he is now doing at Burning Sky is just awesome!

Favourite beer festival?


Oliver: Northern Monk’s Hop City Leeds

What got you into brewing?


Mat: I had always wanted to give it a go and my wife bought me a kit one Christmas. I told myself I wouldn’t let this hobby get out of hand. So here I am!

Favourite interest/hobby outside of brewing?


Mat: I do late Victorian military re-enactment (Zulu war era). It’s a good switch off and great sitting round a camp fire in the evening drinking far too much port with friends.

What’s the last beer you brewed?


Our brand new DIPA “Dragonfly”

Fuggles or Goldings?


Oliver: Golding

Mat: Goldings


What’s next for Arundel Brewery?


Getting our brand-new canning line up and running

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Charles Faram has been established as merchants of hops and hop products for over 150 years. The company, which was originally based in  Worcester, now resides in the small hamlet of Newland, situated at the foot of the picturesque Malvern Hills.


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