Nottingham-based micro-pub operator opens Derby site:
Nottingham-based micro-pub operator The Barrel Drop has opened a site in the former Saddlers Bar premises in Sadler Gate, Derby. The company has launched Hop Gate, which features 13 craft keg beer lines, one lager, four casks, lots of cans, and also has more than 40 spirits will be on offer. The property has undergone a comprehensive refurbishment and features a large outside terrace to the rear. Owner Chris Farman said: “We are looking forward to bringing something new and unique to Derby. Hopefully the bar will provide a cosy atmosphere to all drinkers.” Darran Severn, of FHP Property Consultants, which acted on the deal, said: “This quirky property sits in an excellent location and is well suited to this user. The leisure circuit continues to bolster its offer in Derby and there is more to come in the next few months.”
Arran Brewery plans crowdfunding push to fund further expansion:
Arran Brewery is set to launch a new crowdfunding initiative to fund its expansion plans in the UK, Europe and the US and bring bottling production in-house. Arran Brewery managing director Gerald Michaluk told the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald: “We have a significant US advantage having our own import business there, while bringing bottling in-house makes business sense.” Arran Brewery used a first round of crowdfunding in late 2013 to open import companies in the US and Spain, to purchase sites for expansion, and to complete the first phase of an upgrade of its brewery on the isle of Arran. It also developed a lager brewery, hotel and visitor centre on the banks of Loch Earn in St Fillans, Perthshire. In addition, Arran’s Devils Dyke Brewery in Cambridgeshire, which the company acquired in April 2015, is set to begin production later this summer. The small brewery, attached to The Dykes End pub in Reach, is the staging post for the company’s expansion into the London market. The brewery will produce up to 50 different beers a year and act as a research and development centre, with beers sold exclusively to 26 craft beer outlets in London and Cambridge. Arran has also been seeking expansion through acquisition, having recently failed to purchase the Loch Ness Brewery from its liquidator. Michaluk said: “We are looking for strategic partners in the UK and around the world.”
Bath-based Electric Bear Brewing Co expands brewing capacity as it celebrates first anniversary:
Bath-based Electric Bear Brewing Co has expanded its brewing capacity as it celebrates its first anniversary. As a result of growing demand and sales, Electric Bear will add two 20-barrel fermentation tanks to its brewery in Brassmill Lane. The new fermenters and 2,000-litre conditioning tank will see the brewery increase its brew days to four per week to keep up with nationwide distribution. Chris Lewis, founder of Electric Bear Brewing, said; “It’s been an incredible first year and we’ve been overwhelmed by support from the trade in terms of stocking our beer and the locals visiting the taproom. Year one was all about producing consistently good beers but we also wanted to have some fun and experiment with flavours, which we’ve been doing with our World Series range. Year two is going to see us being more experimental and placing our focus on keg beers. The reaction we’ve had to our World Series range of keg beers has been outstanding and it’s what we enjoy brewing. Expect to see plenty more interesting flavours and beer styles coming out of the brewery.” Since launching in July 2015, Electric Bear has gained stocking in pubs, bars and independent bottle shops across the country. The brewery has recently appointed new head of sales Ryan Read to continue a nationwide sales push with a focus on key cities, including Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and London. A first anniversary beer is being brewed and will be available from August.