Planners pass tap room plans for Docks Beers' new brewery

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 8 Aug 2018

Planners have given Grimsby’s emerging brewery the go-ahead to open a tap room on site, allowing drinkers to watch the 'graft behind the craft' while supping the spoils. 

Docks Beers, as the former St Barnabas Church on King Edward Street has been christened, now needs to secure licensing permission, while work continues to get the site kitted out to produce.

Will Douglas, director, said: “We have brought the plans forward in stages so not to overwhelm. We could have put all the planning elements together, but it was important for us to get the brewery up and running first.

“We didn’t want to scupper that by putting in the tap room early.”

Subject to approval, visitors will be greeted to a bar on the right of the premises as they walk in from King Edward Street, with a tap wall offering a selection of the beers, as well as traditional bar fonts, allowing both cask and keg consumption.

It will also stock the range of beers – bottled and the impending new canned range – for on or off premises enjoyment, with overflow seating on the impressive first floor area, where the history of the site is most visible.

“The idea is you an have a drink and watch the brewery at work,” Mr Douglas said. “It is an exhibition brewery, with the USP that you can watch while you drink.”

It is proposed that the tap room is open between 12pm to 11pm each day, subject to licensing requirements, with the retail element operating between 9am and 11pm.

Working with E-Factor, the brewers secured a grant of £54,000 from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership to help towards the start-up costs. 

Brought forward by the Axholme Brewing Co, the new identity covers off the move from the North Lincolnshire roots, with the original brewery being retained in Crowle, where the core range will be brewed. Only the flagship Cleethorpes Pale Ale may be brought down the A180, due to volume requirements. The team believe Docks Beers instills the hard-working heritage of Grimsby’s founding industry, while resonating with major towns and cities world wide as national and international opportunities are pursued.

Mr Douglas hopes to have all permissions in place to open at the end of September, with a flood warning and evacuation plan being prepared as per the key condition in the planners’ approval. 

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