LAM has been producing beer since 2014, in small batches of bottle-conditioned ales which are then sold at farmers markets and a limited number of outlets. In September 2016 LAM completed their new craft brewery, a five-minute walk from the owner’s home.
The owners and brewers are passionate about being part of the local area and linking in with local communities in Sandford on Thames, Kennington and Oxford City. Partnerships are important to the LAM team and wherever possible they work alongside and support others in the creation of quality. Some of LAM's hops go into Sandford Sourdough artisan bread and all LAM grain is re-cycled to feed the pigs at Coopers Pork. LAM is a member of Good Food Oxford and the Oxford Brewers Alliance. LAM is also a sponsor of the Oxford City Stars ice hockey team.
The team has fun brewing and this, alongside their skill for innovation, is clear in the beer. They brew full-flavoured beers that they love drinking themselves, fully believing in quality, not quantity. The first brew of the flagship Happily NYK was produced at the new #bruhau5 in Kennington in September 2016 and is the leader of a core range of craft beer: Happily NYK (American IPA), Happily Indian Summer (session Pale Ale) and Rye Not (Rye IPA).
It is really important to LAM that craft beer is of the highest quality. All the ingredients are first class and LAM products are made to high standards to ensure that the wonderful flavour shines through. LAM loves its beers and hopes you do too.
Cans and Kegs
LAM is the first craft brewery in Oxford to produce all its beer in 330ml cans (for the public and shops) and 30 litre kegs (for pubs and restaurants). This is a very exciting development based on sound evidence and experience that this style of craft beer is best kept this way. It's not only good for the beer but has a lower impact on the environment as well
- Cans are lighter in weight by up to 90% compared to bottles and are massively more fuel efficient to move than bottles.
- Only 28% of glass bottles are recycled compared to 55% for cans. Beer bottles contain only 20-30% recycled glass in comparison to the average beer can that is made of 40% recycled aluminum. Recycled aluminum requires 95% less energy and produces 95% less greenhouse gas emissions than manufacturing new aluminum.
- Cans take less time in the fridge to chill than bottles.
- Modern craft beer cans do not impart any taste to the beer, none whatsoever.
- Craft beer tastes fresher in a can as oxygen and light are fully locked out of the can during the canning process. This leaves the beer as tasty as the day it leaves the brewery.
- Cans are safer – they can be take anywhere without the concern for broken glass; the beach, the park, festivals etc.