MP enjoys a tipple of Grimsby's finest ale so much she will host the brewers at House of Commons bar

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 4 Jun 2018

Grimsby MP Melanie Onn toasted the success of a new Grimsby brewing company and will host them at the bar of the House of Commons.

Ms Onn said she will welcome the directors of Axholme Brewing Company, of King Edward Street, Grimsby to The Strangers Bar at Westminster to promote the rebirth of brewing in Grimsby.

It is nearly 50 years since Hewitts brewery ceased production.

The next generation of brewers, Will Douglas and Shahram Shadan will take Grimsby’s finest ale to the House of Commons in July to promote their new brewery on King Edward Street and they hope there will be a tap for the Grimsby ale at the bar.

Grimsby MP toasts new brewery

Work has now started on Grimsby’s new brewery which will transform the former St Barnabas Church on King Edward Street. Latterly it was a storage warehouse for Coopers Removals.

It is being transformed to create a visitor area to view the brewing process.

There will also be a shop and bar for people to taste some of the 25,000 pints per week to be made at King Edward Street when production gets into full swing later this summer.

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A new floor is currently being laid and the directors have high hopes of transforming the upstairs of the former church into a cultural centre which could host theatre, comedy and arts.

Working with E-Factor, the brewers secured a grant of £54,000 from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s £8m ‘Growing The Humber’ programme, which is supported by the Government’s Local Growth Fund.

The directors will create four new jobs in Grimsby to support master brewer Mike Richards.

Ms Onn said: “It is exciting. I am looking forward to hosting them at Strangers soon and promoting Grimsby’s brewing heritage.

“The brewery will link in well with the ambitious plans for the Kasbah on Grimsby’s docks.”

Cheers! Grimsby MP Melanie Onn is aiming to get the beer made by Axholme Brewing Company in the House of Commons. Having a taste with Melanie are Will Douglas and Shahram Shadan, right.

She was impressed with the brewer’s vast range of ales, including the six per cent ABV Resistance which she said would go down well with her fellow Labour MPs.

Axholme brewery also produce a Parkway cinema ale to promote the firm’s cinemas in Cleethorpes, Louth, Barnsley and Beverley.

Papas fish and chip shop chain also stock the brewing firm’s iconic Cleethorpes Pale Ale originally made from sea buckthorne.

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Ms Onn said she was no stranger to pulling pints having watched her grandmother who ran The Exchange, The White Hart and the Tivoli in Grimsby.

The MP is proud of her skills at pulling pints and changing a barrel and cleaning lines.

Director Will Douglas said the expansion of the Crowle-based brewery into Grimsby came about because the demand for beer had outstripped their ability to supply customers.

He explained to the MP that in Australia and America there is a vast increase in the consumption of locally produced craft beers. It is a trend which the UK will soon follow.

A mock up of how the brewery will look when complete (Image: Axholme Brewery)

He said the Humber LEP grant funding was vital because it unlocked bigger and more efficient equipment which will shortly arrive from China.

He expects production to be up and running in August and the brewery intend launching a new range of beers soon.

He said: “With our increased production capacity, we can build on the success of last year, create jobs in the area and lay the foundations for a bumper 2018/19.”

Axholme Brewing Company director Will Douglas with the berries used.

He added: “We will be pleased to go to The House of Commons bar. We are proud of being from Grimsby.”

Fellow director, Shahram Shadan said: “We are reaching the point where we can recruit. In the first instance we will be seeking a driver and sales assistant.”

He added the upstairs of the solidly-built church would be “a fantastic space for events.”

He recalled the era in last century when there were around 14 pubs in King Edward Street and is excited about the link the brewery will play in the regeneration of The Kasbah, a short walk away.

The directors are appealing for anyone with old photographs of the exterior of the church to contact them.

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