We brewed our first 30 liter batch of Lamma Island IPA in Luke's living room on Lamma Island Hong Kong, using equipment we built ourselves. Soon we were ghost brewing 200 liter batches and bottling it all in the kitchen of a local restaurant. A writer for Time Out magazine came to Lamma and tried our beer, and decided to interview us. When the article came out, Yardley Brothers was listed as one of the “best local breweries in Hong Kong.”
There was only one problem: we didn't actually have a brewery. we were just two brothers passionate about real craft beer. The solution was simple, in the end: we had to quit our jobs and build a brewery. It took a little over a year, but we finally opened The Brewery for business in December of 2016 by throwing a massive party. It turned out to be a triple celebration: for winning Best IPA and Best of Show from Beertopia as well as our official grand opening.
The Brewery has a production capacity of over 5000 liters, allowing us to make our staple Lamma Island IPA, Hong Kong Bastard Imperial IPA, Quit Your Job! Saison, Machine Men Pale ale, and Seasonal Real Ales, as well as stretch our creative muscles and push boundaries with numerous experimental single batch brews, using fruit, cryo-hops, barrel aging, or anything else we can think of to make the best, most interesting, most exciting beer possible
So the question now is: Where do we go from here?
We've come a long way from home brewing in Luke's living room. But throughout, our ethos has remained the same: working with other independent, like-minded quality breweries in Asia to push the local scene forward, to develop, innovate, craft and create. We want to make a craft beer community, to fight against the encroachment of corporate beer on craft by showing what real craft is.