In 2018 we’ve chosen to do things a little differently! It was feeling too much of ‘same old, same old’, and becoming similar to the hamster wheel of a ‘proper’ job …
We’re travelling down (up?!) the River Trent to Lincoln, then continuing northwards to Sheffield, on to Leeds to travel the Leeds Liverpool Canal, then planning a trip up the Lancaster Canal. Along the way we shall be taking opportunities to trade on the towpath before headings southwards in late May/early June to Middlewich for our first planned organised festival.
Our schedule so far for 2018 includes:
- 15th to 17th June – Middlewich FAB (tbc)
- 15th & 16th September – Black Country Boating Festival, Netherton
- 22nd & 23rd September – Tipton Canal Festival
- 29th & 30th September – Parkhead Canal Festival
About The Home Brew Boat
Barry’s been a keen home brewer for many years. In November 2011, he turned his hobby into a new career and set up a business called ‘Ezimade’ in Gisborne, New Zealand. One of the prime purposes of doing this, was to gain the knowledge, experience and contacts to transfer to a floating brew shop when he returned to England with his wife Sandra, to live and work on board a narrowboat and cruise the Inland Waterways.
Having successfully gained the first stage of his UK visa in October 2013, he began transforming ‘The Home Brew Boat‘ into reality.
Selling kits and equipment to make your own commercial quality beer, wine, cider and/or spirits (with the appropriate licence), customers can easily produce commercial quality alcohol by following the simple instructions, in the comfort of their home, for a fraction of the price.
The Home Brew Boat travels around the country trading at boating festivals, and on the towpath whenever possible. February 2018 marks the fourth anniversary of trading.
Purchases can also be made through the on-line shop at www.thehomebrewboat.co.uk. Barry’s discovered a variety of ingenious ways of getting stock delivered to the boat wherever it may be located, and importantly home brew supplies couriered or posted to customers anywhere in the UK (in fact he even sent an order to Spain in 2014, after the purchaser covered the extra postage involved).
If you have any questions at all about home brewing, visit the website where you’ll find heaps of useful hints and tips for beginners; or don’t hesitate to contact Barry and tap into his mine of helpful information – if he doesn’t know the answer he’ll find out …