Since we had decided to brew in the British style, it made a lot of sense to commission our brewery from a UK manufacturer. After a strong recommendation from the folks at Kelham Island Brewery in Sheffield, we contacted Mr. Vincent Johnson of Johnson Brewing Design.
This guy knows a lot about beer and brewing, and once you can understand him (through that thick Northern accent), he is a mine of information.
The 6 UK barrel brewery was manufactured in Bury, Lancashire (home of black pudding) in 2012 and Big V himself ventured over late in the year to weld in all the pipework and commission the brewery.
Hence, the first brew was called “Big V Amber” which is now a staple at Freewheel.

The beers we make at the Freewheel Brewing Company are brewed with the same ingredients and methods as our partner breweries in England. Most of our beer is cask-conditioned or real ale. Real Ale is beer brewed from traditional ingredients, matured by secondary fermentation in the container from which it is dispensed, and served without the use of extraneous carbon dioxide.
In other words, cask-conditioning is a traditional method of preparing beer for serving. The carbonation is naturally produced in a serving cask resulting in a softer mouth-feel and very balanced flavors.
We believe Bay Area beer lovers will appreciate this unique and traditional method.
Please see ‘Our Beers’ above for some of our selections. Cheers!