About FAB

FAB is a family-owned craft brewery producing around 5,000 pints of beer each week. Our current range of core and seasonal beers covers over 20 different styles of beer, and we are always researching new styles to include in our range.

We are proud to be a Lincolnshire business and celebrate the history of our county in our award-winning Aviation Range. One of the beers in this range is Just Jane Bitter and the sales of this support one of our local charities which is the East Kirkby Aviation Heritage Centre which is restoring Just Jane the Avro Lancaster.

Our beers are available in cask, keg, bottle, can and beer-in-box from the shop at the brewery, online or from a number of stockists across Lincolnshire and surrounding counties.

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FAB History


Due to the ongoing growth of the business the decision was made to increase production capacity having effectively outgrown the existing brewery building. Over a six month period an extension that increased the floor area by 150% was added. This allowed the mash tun, kettle and liquor tanks to be moved out of the old brewery into the new facility. The old brewery became just fermenting and conditioning space and a further fermenting vessel was bought adding another 25% capacity. Cask racking was added to the old brew house to expand the amount of beer in box produced. Finally the new building provided a dedicated space for bottling meaning the container that had been used was redundant. The year also saw Lincoln Lager gain more accolades with a two star award from the Guild of Fine Foods and another Gold award at the SIBA regional championships.


We pass the SIBA Food Safety Quality audit with flying colours and get our re-accreditation. Outside events begin again and our flagship beer festival at Market Rasen Racecourse is the most successful ever.
Our assistant brewer Jamie starts his apprentership at Nottingham University which will run for 18 months.

A number of new beers are launched including FIDO bitter and Magic American Pale Ale which celebrates 30 years of the AWACS aircraft.

Pandemic Won't Stop Progress
Pandemic Won't Stop Progress


The dreaded COVID hits and the brewery changes from being cask led to being bottle led brewery. Production increases again with a further two conditioning tanks being added taking the potential bottle production to 4,800 bottles per week. A new chilling system for the brewery is also installed and bottling is moved out of the brewery into its own purpose designed space in a 20ft container.

Our new Can Range – Great Character is launched


Mike decides to retire from the business and sells his share to John and his family. Lincoln Lager wins a gold at the Regional Competition in 2019 and Silver at the National Competition in 2020. Mandarina and 49 Squadron also take gold awards at the regional competition. Outside bar business continues to grow and thrive with over 70 events completed including the highly successful beer festival at Market Rasen Race Course now in its third year.


Launch of Lincoln Lager our first true Pilsner lager and number of beers has increased to over 15 different ales and lagers and bottle production has increase to the point where an additional conditioning tank and bright beer tank are added to the brewery.

FAB is Go!
FAB is Go!


Launch brewery with 6 beers in the range. Achieve SIBA FSQ status less than 6 months after opening the brewery. Late 2017 the brewery enters its first regional SIBA competition and wins a bronze award for Golden Fleece. Launch Just Jane Bitter to support the rebuild of the Avro Lancaster by the same name at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre.

New Year New Business Plan
New Year New Business Plan


New year new business plan and Ferry Ales began to take shape at least on paper. European grant was applied for and work began on converting the building. 31/10 our new 5 BBL brewery kit capable of producing around 5,000 pints a week arrives on site from ABUK.

A Twist of Fate
A Twist of Fate


April 2015 a chance discussion on the train to London led to Mike revealing his plan to exit the London rat race and open a Micro Brewery. In an odd twist of fate John had been looking at a similar venture to make use of a redundant farm building on the small holding he had just bought with his wife.

A chance meeting...
A chance meeting...


John Cussons and Mike Holman meet commuting in and out of London every day. A mutual nod, a hello, and a few words later led to the guys becoming friends.