Meet the Founders of Flack Manor Brewery
Nigel has over 35 years’ experience in the brewing industry.
Starting in the 1980s as an order taker and delivery boy at Ringwood Brewery, Nigel learnt the art of brewing from Peter Austin, the father of micro-brewing, before Peter retired in 1988. Nigel modestly recalls brewing the Champion Beer of Britain in 1988 as “more of an accident than judgment”. However, he played a major part in Ringwood Brewery’s leap in production from 2,000 barrels to 34,000 barrels.
In 2009, Nigel set up Flack Manor with Ann and Terry, having seen an opportunity in the area to revive brewing in Romsey industry.
In his “spare” time, Nigel enjoys playing tennis, gardening and skiing. He is happily married with three grown up children, who regularly return home to sample the latest beer from Flack Manor!
Ann Stantiford is never happier than when surrounded by customers and hops.
From a family background in Horticulture Ann worked her apprenticeship at Haskins and gained qualifications at both Kingston Maurward and Hadlow College. One could say an act of fate took Ann to Ringwood Brewery where she worked for 20 years as Field Sales Manager, enjoying success along with now fellow director Nigel Welsh.
In 2008 Ann went back to her green and creative roots to complete a Botanical Art Degree but soon realised she missed the Brewing and Pub industry. Satisfying this craving, Ann re-formed with Nigel Welsh to establish Flack Manor Brewery. Business trips to Britain’s finest hop gardens (albeit resisting the urge to sketch the fine details and cite Latin credentials) are now a welcome treat from an incredibly busy role as Sales and Marketing Director.
Terry’s background follows a culturally different journey.
Having helped set up and run, as chief brewer, the River Walk Brewery in Augusta, Georgia, USA, Terry also studied brewing in Federal Jacks Brewpub Kennybunkport, Maine, which was run by an ex pupil of Peter Austin.
Drawing on his expertise gained across the pond and maintaining his sharp attention to detail, Terry re-connected with Nigel (having previously worked together) and jumped at the opportunity of setting up Flack Manor Brewery – as Director and Head Brewer.
Terry recently tied the knot and rejoiced by brewing a TPA, (Flack’s own IPA ) affectionately known as Terry’s Pale Ale. And it was so good, it become one of Flack’s seasonal ales, so everyone can celebrate their own special occasion.