Veterans Brewing was established in Scotland on Remembrance Day, 2014 and was the first UK craft brewery owned and run by military veterans and offering support to Armed Forces charities.
Today it is owned and run in East Sussex by Will Farmer, who served in the 1st Battalion of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, taking in tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, and by his side are two fellow veterans from the same regiment: Andy Carter and also Ben Stoten, whose life changed forever on his last tour of Afghanistan when he stepped on an IED while trying to reach an injured soldier and lost both legs.
After his last post assisting with security at the London Olympics, Will left the Army in 2012 and now all three of them are using the discipline they learnt in the Armed Forces for an altogether different type of operation: running a brewery.
Will’s ambition is to grow the brewery and employ as many veterans as possible. With the brewery gaining quiet notoriety in East Sussex, you wouldn’t want to bet against him making it happen sooner rather than later.