This week, UK-based West Berkshire Brewery announced it has opened its new brewery and also secured its first urban pub, Shillibeer’s in Islington, London.
According to the company, the new brewery will be situated just a few hundred yards from the current site. It will feature state-of-the art equipment capable of creating a range of different beer styles. West Berkshire Brewery will also provide packaging facilities for other breweries with a shop, complete with bar and beer garden will be included, along with the provision of public brewery tours in the future.
The company also revealed that the 4,450 square foot Shillibeer’s will allow the brewery to showcase its traditional cask ales, alongside the new craft beers from its Renegade Brewery range. A new menu of quality food designed to pair with selected beers will be introduced at the venue, which is split across three levels and includes a kitchen and deli.
David Bruce, investor and chairman at West Berkshire Brewery, stated:
“This is a real turning point for us at West Berkshire Brewery. We are thrilled to have secured such a fantastic site in one of London’s most exciting areas. For the first time we can proudly serve our beers directly to customers. Our pub will be full of atmosphere and showcase a stunning range of beers and ciders from all over the world, including those we make ourselves. It will really put our brewery on the map.
“We’re just as excited to have signed an agreement for our new brewery. We have a fabulous brewing team who are full of ideas and our new equipment will enable them to let their creativity loose. It also means that we can significantly increase our production, allowing us to spread our wings further than our current distribution heartland; it’s truly an exciting time.”
Meanwhile, the brewery has successfully raised over £1.3 million through its equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs. It currently has less than two weeks to secure its initial £1.5 million funding goal.
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