About Us

Engel fine ales is a small family run  handcrafted micro-brewery situated in the village of Aldeby on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.It is run by owner Arnth Engel, his wife Gina and teenage son Samuel. Samuel often designs and prints the bottle labels himself. Arnth operates the brewery in his spare time  along side  his career as a health care professional.Opening the brewery was a life long ambition of owner Arnth Engel who had always enjoyed home brewing but harboured desires of brewing on a much larger scale.

Opa Hay's Brewery was the name chosen for the brewery as Arnth's great grandfather Heinrich Hay from northern Germany had run a brewery and was a master brewer at the turn of the last century. The German for grandfather is of course Opa, which combies to create the breweries unusual name. 

Arnth prefers traditional brewing methods, he only uses malt, hops, yeast and water. All of which are ingredients which he prefers to source from local sources.

Arnth first started experimenting with home brewing in 1982, when he was a medical student in Bonn, Germany, when homebrewing was first legalized in Germany. At that time people still had to register with customs and excise even if they produced as little as 4 gallons. The beer had to be produced according to the Reinheitsgebot, a German purity law, which basically allowed only malt, hops, yeast and water to be used in the brewing of beer.