Campervan Brewery

The Campervan Brewery Story – from founder Paul Gibson

Photographer: Andrew Cawley/The Sunday Post

“Not all those who wander are lost.”
JRR Tolkien

Ever felt life is far too short to stay on a road you really didn’t choose? It’s a question I’ve pondered often.

My enlightenment came in the form of family illness.

We had a fairly normal life, married with two kids and were following the 9-5 corporate roller coaster; living for the weekend and those occasional trips away. Then in true tsunami style, life was turned on its head never to be the same again.

My wife and young daughter both required major surgery, which resulted in me taking a six-month career break to look after them. It was a tough time! However, as in many adverse situations it offered an opportunity to reflect on life, to decide on the most important things and to choose the road I wanted to follow.

During those difficult months my respite came in the form of brewing beer. I’d always been a keen home brewer and beer fanatic so I decided to take my passion to the next level. I started brewing in my garage at every opportunity and read every piece of beer and brewing literature I could get my hands on – I loved it! The seed was planted and the journey began.

Over time I perfected my brewing techniques, gained as much commercial experience as possible, attended courses throughout the country and dreamt up the idea of The Campervan Brewery.

This time, I was in control. Conformity wasn’t an option and life was going to be loved, not just lived.

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Campervan Brewery concept brewed its head by mixing the elements I’m passionate about in life:

  • Craft beer
  • Classic VW campervans
  • Surf
  • The great outdoors
  • Travel
  • Food
  • And of course, family life.

Not wanting to be restricted with my own brewery at this stage of the journey, I opted for the full conversion of my garage enabling me to hand craft small batches of beer. I also started the conversion of a 1973 VW campervan, appropriately named ‘The Hoppy Camper’ (or ‘Olive’ by my kids) capable of housing a fully mobile brew kit and equipped to dispense beer.


Photographer: Andrew Cawley/The Sunday Post

Dropping in on the craft beer wave currently spreading across the world, the time was right to launch The Campervan Brewery.

We are a brewery with a passion for quality beer and a thirst for travel. Our adventures take us on the quest for unusual places to brew, discovering flavoursome ingredients along the way, direct from their source.

At the Campervan Brewery we firmly believe there is a journey inside all of us.

When’s yours going to start, and where’s it going to take you?

Why not join ours until you find your own road.

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