Couples’ real ale is a success

Jaw Brew
Jaw Brew

A husband and wife team marked a year of selling their own beer by launching a new ale at the Glasgow Real Ale Festival last weekend.

Mark and Alison Hazell, from Baldernock, followed their dreams and decided to set up their own micro-brewery Jaw Brew last year with just two beers, but because of demand added another two in November last year.

At the Glasgow festival the couple launched their latest beer, Wave, which was all finished at the end of the night.

Alison said: “It has been a fantastic year for us and we now have four core beers. We won two awards last November and our beer is now served in cask in over 30 pubs on a regular basis.

“We also sell into bottle shops and restaurants and bars as well as from the brewery and online.”

The couple brew their beer in Hillington and have been so successful that they have been able to take on two full time employees, In addition, two of the couples’ three sons take an active part in the business.

Alison said real ale has grown in popularity in Glasgow over the last couple of years and Jaw Brew now also sells its beer in Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

Mark Hazell (54) and Alison named their beer Jaw Brew after the old miller’s cottage they live in called ‘The Jaw’.

Alison said: “Our house was built as far as we know in the early 1700s, but the exact origins of the name are not recorded.

“However, thanks to the internet we discovered that the word Jaw in ancient Scots means ‘a wave’ or ‘to pour’.”

Mark decided to follow his dream after he took voluntary redundancy in January 2014 from the IT company he worked at. He has always been a keen home-brew enthusiast so decided to ploughed some of his redundancy money into this new business venture.

Alison (55), who is a chartered surveyor, said that on July 5 it will be exactly a year since they brewed their first commercial batch of beer.

She said: “The brewery at Hillington is already too small for us to continue to expand in the way we want to and we are now actively looking for larger premises.”

The beers currently being produced at the micro-brewery all have a nautical theme to them. They are Drift, Drop, Fathom, Wave and Surf..