We brew great tasting craft beers, made with the best ecologically sourced ingredients; and encourage their responsible enjoyment among friends and family; to build relationships and make memories.
Who we are
Frank+Otis is run by friends Rob and Steve. They both ran their own businesses and got to know each other when working out of the same shared office. Over the years working together they discovered they had a number of things in common; a recognition of the importance of family and friends, a positive outlook on life, and a love of beer! It’s out of these principles that the idea for Frank+Otis was born.
All our beer is brewed at Hanlons Brewery in Devon, they are a family-run business with a history of brewing excellent ales and a mission of producing world-class craft beers.
Hanlons pride themselves on being a sustainable and environmentally friendly business. All of their water is from their own bore holes and the spent grains go to the local farmer or the Hanlons pigs. They have also recently installed a tailor-made solar PV system to power all of the machinery. Using the expertise of local company, SunGift Solar, energy-usage patterns were analysed in depth and the solar system installed to perfectly match the brewery’s requirements.
On the 7th October 2018 my brother died. Ben collapsed at the finish line of the Cardiff Half Marathon and passed away instantly when he went into cardiac arrest. He was 25 years old, fit and healthy.
Rob and I had worked together for a number of years, and my friendship with him was one that I came to appreciate much more fully in the time following the half marathon. His support is something that I will always be grateful for.
In our time working together we would often talk about joint business ventures that would be fun to do, a brewing company among them. When I returned to work Rob said, “Let’s stop talking about it, let’s go for it, life’s too short, let’s have some fun!” And so Frank+Otis was born.
As this venture is inspired by Ben, we want it to be a tribute to him and to reflect his values. Ben was great at pulling people together, organising social events, always hosting BBQ’s or pizza nights at our family home. He was happiest when surrounded by friends or family and with a good beer in his hand.
This is what Frank+Otis is about, bringing people together over a beer, sharing good times, developing relationships, having fun and making memories.
Why the name?
Frank+Otis is named after our dogs. Dogs are positive, fun-loving companions and are never happier than when they are with you. We felt that these qualities encapsulated a lot of what we as a company are about. Also we thought the names worked really well together!
Rob got Otis when he quit his job to start a new business and needed company in the house. He always loved dogs as a child, especially labradors and Otis brought that and more.
Steve’s wife got Frank for him after his brother died. Frank is a fun and mischievous Jackapoo and has brought a lot of positivity to the family.