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Our Friends

Over the years, we've been supported and encouraged by a great number of friends in and and around the wonderful beer industry.  There are many more, and will be added to in due course.  Thanks to all and everyone!

Kernel Brewery

Bermondsey, London

Kernel is a highly sucessful brewery in Bermondsey London. We're priveledged to have brewed with them for their Imperial Stout, recent itterations London Brick Red Rye Ale and party to their Black IPA (IPA Black) brews.  Kernel, started by Evin O'Riordain, springs from the need to have more good beer. Beer deserving of a certain attention. Beer that forces you to confront and consider what you are drinking. Upfront hops, lingering bitternesses, warming alcohols, bodies of malt. Lengths and depths of flavour. "We make Pale Ales, India Pale Ales and old school London Porters and Stouts towards these ends. Bottled alive, to give them time to grow."  you can read more about Kernel Brewery here.

Faction Brewing

Alameda, California

Rodger and Claudia, well Claudia was the person who dragged me into the Bay area and California Beer scene. Rodger, then a brewer in recess, we became friends, traveling Belgian and California beer events, even concluding with brews at the legendary Triple Rock. Rodger and Claudia are now running, owning and doing an amazing job at Faction brewing in Alameda California. "That’s us. Faction is a brewery that does things just a little differently. We’re making a pale ale, but maybe not with the hops you expect. We’re making IPA, but we’re putting a different twist on it every few months. Just when you’re thinking of us as a hoppy brewery, we’ll bring out the Belgians, strong ales, and sours. No matter what, we do things right. Some may call our process “anal-retentive”…we call it making good, consistent beer.You can read more about Faction Brewing here

Triple Rock Brewery & Drakes Brewing Company

Berkeley/San Leandro California

Read more about the amazing Triple Rock here. Many thanks for the support, John!  (Say hi to Jesse and team for us, if you stop by!) The company brewed their first batch of beer on Christmas day 1985, and opened to the public the following year. They claim to be the fifth brewpub opened in the United States, and the oldest currently in operation with the original equipment and brewmasters. Alumn, include Terri Farendorf, Shaun O'Sullivan of the 21st Amendment, and Rodger Davis of Faction Brewery. The brewery was founded as Roaring Rock Brewery and Alehouse, but changed their name in 1989 at the insistence of Latrobe Brewing Company, owners of Rolling Rock brand beer. In 2008, the owners of Triple Rock purchased Drake's Brewing Company, in San Leandro, California.

Windsor & Eton Brewery

Windsor, Berks.

Paddy and Will, with Jim and team, run the fast growing and much loved Windsor & Eton Brewery. Windsor was once an area rich in brewing culture until 1931 when the last brewery (Burges Brewery) closed its doors and bought to an end of 300 years of brewing. It wasn't until 2010 that beer was brought back to Windsor, with the birth of Windsor and Eton Brewery. Their first beer Guardsman Best Bitter was sold on St Georges Day in 2010 and since then the brewery has gone from strength to strength brewing old style traditional English ales as well as superb continental styled Lagers and contemporary brews.

21st Amendment

San Francisco and San Leandro, California, USA.

Shaun O'Sullivan, Nico Freccia. They have inspired us, from the day they started, nearly 15 years ago! 21st Amendment Brewery is a restaurant and brewery located in the South Park neighborhood of San Francisco, California, two blocks from AT&T Park. The brewery's name refers to the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which ended Prohibition.

Our really good friend, Shaun O’Sullivan had previously worked as an assistant brewer at Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse in Berkeley. The San Francisco Business Times wrote that it "made a name for itself as a local brewery and restaurant where SoMa techies could lunch and Giants fans could gather before a game." It has been voted "Best Brewpub", "Best Burger" and "Best Happy Hour" by the San Francisco Press. in 2014, plans were announced to open a production facility and tasting room in San Leandro, California. That year, the company was the fiftieth top selling craft brewery in the US.

21st Amendment's slogan, "Celebrate the right to be original," is displayed on many of their cans, 6-pack and 4-pack carriers, posters, merchandise and web site. They brew and can several year-round beers including Brew Free! Or Die IPA, Down To Earth session IPA, Back in Black black IPA; seasonal beers including Hell or High Watermelon wheat, Sneak Attack saison and Fireside Chat winter spiced ale; and limited-offering Insurrection Series beers including Hop Crisis imperial IPA, Monks Blood Belgian-style dark ale, Marooned on Hog Island oyster stout, and He Said Belgian Tripel/He Said Baltic Porter. They also offer a rotating assortment of beers that are available on tap only.



Julio, Angelo, Raph and team are quietly killing it in Notting hill. Eureka moments can strike at any time, anywhere. Julio tells it this way, "It struck me in 2010 when I realised my passion for fine ales was in fact a signpost to forging a new career. I had found myself at a career crossroad and was thinking of developing a deli. But then I attended a course on the fine art of brewing and my eureka moment struck. I realised this was the path I wished to follow. In autumn 2011, Moncada Brewery was launched with the aim of creating outstanding traditionally crafted ales using only the finest raw ingredients sourced as much as possible locally.

Having settled in West London after leaving my native Argentina in 2001, I wanted to establish my brewery in the area. The location of our premises around the corner from Portobello Road lies behind the choice of Notting Hill as the name for our range of beers. At the moment, we produce craft ales to suit all tastes; Blonde, Amber, Summer, Porter, Ruby Rye and Stout. "

Elizabeth Street Brewery

Richard's passion for beer, social media thing and support has been a huge influence; friends with Shaun O'Sullivan we've brewed together. But here's his story: Since 2003, the residence of Alyson and Richard Brewer-Hay has been known to family and friends as The Elizabeth Street Brewery. Located in the family-oriented San Francisco neighborhood of Noe Valley, The ESB is a pub for the people, by the people.

For the first three years of operation, the ESB brewing facility consisted of one 5-gallon pot on the kitchen stove of their home. In December of 2006, the operation moved out of the kitchen and the new space has allowed for them to double their brewing operation to 10-gallon batches at a time.

The ESB is a brewpub in planning. "As we continue to build out our business plan, determine locations and work on recipes, we will do our best to keep people up to speed through this website and blog. Our dream is to open a full-scale family brewpub/restaurant in the Noe Valley area in the near future."

Our current “pub” is a renovated storage room that was featured on the TV show “While You Were Out” that boasts a speakeasy feel… Plus, most importantly, the beer is always free! (For now anyway:).
Richard and Alyson (Allie)

Moor Brewing

Justin & Maryann, friends for more years than we care to remember has always been one to offer the reality check to our plans. We met over their JJJ IPA, and have become friends and fans.

Moor Beer History

Moor Beer Company was started in 1996 on a former dairy farm in the Levels and Moors area of Somerset. Brewing started originally on a 5 barrel plant, with beers designed to reflect the local heritage. They gained in popularity and began to notch up quite a few awards. One of our most celebrated beers, Old Freddy Walker, went on to win CAMRA’s Champion Winter Beer of Britain in 2004. Other beers, such as Revival and Hoppiness, continue to win regular awards at SIBA and CAMRA beer festivals.

The brewery became a bit of a victim of its own success and temporarily contracted out brewing. In January 2007 the brewery was relaunched and expanded to 10 barrels when Justin and Maryann Hawke took over the company. They worked (and continue to work!) tirelessly with their small team to restore the reputation of the brewery to the status it richly deserves. With award winning branding, some of the highest rated beers in the world, and huge international demand, the brewery was expanded again in 2011 to a 20 UK barrel brew length, and a bottling line was installed.

Although lacking a West Country accent, Justin brings a passion for beer and the local area, as well as a tendency towards fusing the wonders of real ale with the aggressively flavoured beers of his native California. Since taking over brewing, Justin has radically improved the quality and flavour of the old beers while adding many new beers to the core range and producing a number of interesting speciality beers. His reputation and awards have grown rapidly, resulting in Moor Beer now being regarded as one of the top breweries in the UK.

Lovibonds Brewing Co

Jeff Rosenmier

Gadds' of Ramsgate

Eddie & Lois

Simpsons Malt

Richard & Peter

Burning Sky

Mark Tranter

Harbour Brewing Co


Redemption Brewery

Andy Moffat

Three Floyds Brewer

Nick Floyd

Brewery History Society

Jeff Seiciari and Tim Holt

The Brewing Network

With out these guys in your life your beer will be ordinary.  Suck it.  Check out the amazing Brewing Network here

More People who have helped form Breakwater

Stuart Howe of Coors/Sharps/Butcombe

Tom Stainer of CAMRA

Andy Mogg of Beer Reviews and Lemon Top Creative

Arne Johnson at Marin Brewing, Marin, Ca.

Kim Sturdivant at Social Kitchen, San Francisco

James Costa, at Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.

Joe Tucker of

Simon Semigluess of Buddelship Brewing Co.

Greg Koch, Mitch Steele and Steve Wagner of Stone Brewing Co.

Jesse Houck, of Gordon Biersch, 21st Amendment and Golden Road and now Maui Brewing co.

Shane Aldrich

Yann Geffraud of Outland Brewing Co.


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