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Hi, my name is Mark Hatherly, and I'm from New Zealand. I started brewing beer with my dad when I was nine years old, and I've been home-brewing on and off ever since.
After years and years working for a bank in Luxembourg, one day I decided that I wanted to brew beer on a more regular basis. So in 2014 I quit working at the bank and set up this beer company! I've been brewing beer full-time ever since.
The company's first commercial release was Red Bridge Amber Ale, in May 2015. I spent twelve months developing the recipe for Red Bridge on my garage home-brew set-up. I wanted to brew a beer which was different from anything else available in Luxembourg, but not so "different" that you couldn't sit down and drink four or five of them.
The first batch of 2,000 litres sold out in 8 weeks, and in July 2015 Red Bridge won a bronze medal at the London International Beer Challenge.
Meanwhile I was working on the other beers too - Satellite, Golden Lady, and Black Jack, brewing lots of test batches. But I decided to concentrate on developing the Satellite I.P.A., which would be the first India Pale Ale ever to be commercially brewed in Luxembourg. I brewed it every week for 7 months in 2015.
The first commercial batch of Satellite I.P.A. was released in December 2015. It's named in honour of Luxembourg's world-leading satellite industry. Hundreds of real satellites are controlled from ground stations right here in Luxembourg, from launch all the way through to final positioning: I think that's pretty cool.
And the beer? Satellite is a balanced 60 IBU beer with a 4.9% payload, and a finish as clean & dry as outer space. I brew a fresh batch of Satellite every month. Since we're so small, it's hard to get the same hops varieties every time. That's why each fresh batch of Satellite might be slightly different from the last one.
The current batch of Satellite is code-named "Superbird" which is a communications satellite. You might have used Superbird to make a phone call or download stuff. But now it's even more useful, because it's a beer.
I'm looking forward to releasing Black Jack commercially before long, and hopefully the Golden Lady will soon grace us with her presence too. You'll hear about all our news first if you sign up to the newsletter.
I hope you enjoy drinking the beers. My goal is to brew beer which makes you say "Yep! I'll have another one of those!" Please get in touch to let me know how I'm doing!