Taproom is flowing at Grimsby's new brewery - and you can try it out yourself!

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 1 Oct 2018

Grimsby’s Docks Beers brewery has its taproom flowing!  

Opening to the public later this week, special preview events saw the first craft ales poured at the completely overhauled former church. 

A stylish bar and shop now complements the in-view 15-barrel brewing kit, and if it wasn’t enough of an attraction, a 1979 Chevrolet GMC pick-up has been bought and branded up to further promote the King Edward Street venue. 

It is the realisation of a project long in the planning for the Axholme Brewing Co team, having outgrown the original premises in Crowle, North Lincolnshire.

Pictured ahead of the official opening of Docks Beers in King Edward Street, Grimsby, are, from left, Will Douglas, director, Mike Richards, director and head brewer, and Shahram Shadan, director.

Will Douglas, director, reflected on the journey from getting the keys to what was once St Barnabas Church to the first drinks being enthusiastically enjoyed, as the Docks Beers range was served up for a first time.  

He said: “It was an old removal storage depot, part closed off for office space and piled high with furniture, but we could all see beyond that and thought it would make quite a decent brewery and taproom, with space for our future plans.

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“We are really pleased with it. We knew we could do it, but until it is realised you are not quite sure if it will come together. We are very happy with the way it has turned out. Hopefully it is going to be something the town is proud of. 

“I would like to think we can get people from all over the country to come and see a new brewery. Lots of people are brewery curious, or craft curious, and want to find more out about the beer. Offering a drinking space where you can see the hard work involved should really appeal.” 

The 1979 former US military ambulance, an Ebay purchase, adds more grunt to the hard graft image, which Docks Beers delivers.

And Mr Douglas paid tribute to his fellow director Shahram Shadan’s “Herculean efforts masterminding the installation of a stunning exhibition brewkit,” adding: “He is the definition of hard graft.” 

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Mr Shadan has brought development experience to the fold, having jumped on board alongside Mr Douglas and resort craft beer shop owner Charles Lumley.  They came to the aid of what had become an all-consuming business started by Mr Richards and his wife, having taken to the Cleethorpes Pale Ale brew.

Mr Shadan said: “It has been very rewarding, and I feel a great sense of pride in it and everyone I have worked with.

“The team has worked really hard, the new bar staff are great and Mike (Richards, founding director) has already brewed some cracking beers, and we are really excited to see what we can do moving forward. It is about giving the experience, and getting people more involved in the brewing process.”    

Opening to the public from noon in Wednesday, it will open noon to 8pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays, until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and until 4pm on Sundays.

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