My Local Life: William Compton from Hadham Brewery
This month we chatted to William Compton, Head Brewer at Hadham Brewery, based down the A10 in Little Hadham. Hadham is in an ancient part of England where the best malting barley in the world has been grown for hundreds of years.
This area of England is called the Icknield Series, and is a seam of loam over chalk upland running roughly from The Wash to Dorset, along which the ancient highway, the Icknield Way, runs.
A new borehole was purpose drilled into the chalk aquifer of the Ash Valley, one hundred metres deep, lined, and descending through the chalk aquifer. It has been designed and installed as a potable water source close to where there has been a water source since Roman times. The combination of brewing with barley of the Icknield Series and water from the Icknield Series is unrivalled in the production of quality crystal clear ales the world over.
Tell us how you got into brewing
I have always been interested in science, creativity…and beer, so moving into brewing was a natural choice. However, when I’m not brewing, I enjoy volunteering with The Scout Association.
How have you coped as a business during the pandemic?
We adapted very quickly from mainly supplying beer in cask to pubs, to offering delivery of beer in box and bottled beers, and click and collect from our newly installed shop.
What’s your favourite local place to eat and drink?
With the lifting of some restrictions, I’m really looking forward to when I can sit round a camp fire with a group of Scouts, and toast a marshmallow or two with them!
What is the last book you read?
Apeirogon, by Colum McCann
What is your favourite way to spend a Saturday?
As much as I love brewing, a Saturday which doesn’t require me to go in to the brewery to check the brews is a good one!
What is your favourite local experience?
Scouting! Why? Take a look at our short video: www.scouts.org.uk/volunteer/volunteering-with-scouts/
What inspirational quote sums you up?
“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” (HH Dalai Lama)
Which four people you would invite to dinner?
HH Dalai Lama, Nikolai Tesla, Philip Pullman, Michael Palin.