Think craft beer. Think Camden, Hoxton and hipster London. So, a sure sign of the area’s lifestyle renaissance is the success of Bishopstoke Road’s very own Steam Town Beer Co.

Owner and Bishopstoke resident David Mackie talks about what makes the brewery and community special.

You live in Bishopstoke – what’s it like? It has a really local village feel, yet is on Eastleigh’s doorstep, with the airport down the road. The river runs through it and we have local shops. We love the green spaces: the woods are up the road. We have kids and so it’s a really nice place for them to grow up – and the dog loves it!

How would you describe Eastleigh?A town well on the up. A lot of people have moved out of places like Winchester to buy bigger family properties. It has great communications and a really nice mix of high-street brands and independents, including places like La Fenice, Artisan and, of course, us!  It’s getting a real vibe.

Sounds like there’s a real sense of community! Is that so? Definitely. There’s always something going on: Mardi Gras, The Chilli Festival and live acts at The Bandstand and The Point.  I suppose we typify it. We support our community, sponsoring Eastleigh Football and Rugby Club. We’re fundraising for Bishopstoke Carnival and the Mayor’s Charity. We get our meat from LJ Smith and brioche rolls from Matt’s Bakery. It’s a good place in a great place!

What’s behind the success of the Steam Town Beer Co.? We’re about local craft production. People can engage and connect with that, it’s nice that they can look through the windows and see how it’s made. But it’s not just about the craft beers – our music nights offer a range of live acts spanning acoustic, jazz, bluegrass and R&B. It’s the community thing again – bringing different groups of people together.

So, what can people expect on a visit? Great beer, great food and a great atmosphere for all! We have 24 draught beers across 16 keg taps and eight hand-pulls, with a ‘dirty’ burger and fries menu – all set in an environment reflecting Eastleigh’s industrial heritage.

Pop in and see for yourself, after you’ve visited Church Heights. Just turn right at the bottom of Church Road!