The three beers now being made in Grimsby as canning begins at new brewery

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 14 Sep 2018

The inaugural canning of three new beers is underway at Grimsby’s new brewery, with the heritage celebrated in the name continuing in the craft.

A first run of 12,000 cans is understood to be a first for the area in the 50 years since Hewitts last brewed.

Docks Beers’ striking range features Hard Graft, Graveyard Shift and Never Say Die, with the striking can designs embodying the grit and determination displayed by generations on the neighbouring quaysides.

Working with Aylesby agency Source Four, Grimsby’s Dock Tower, Ice Factory and Victoria Mills all subtly feature.

They will be launched later this month, when the King Edward Street brewery’s taproom and shop is anticipated to open.

First beer is canned at Docks Beers in Grimsby

Docks Beers director Will Douglas said: “Today is a proud day for the team. It is the culmination of two years of hard graft. Our plans for brewing craft beers in cans at a new Grimsby brewery go back to 2016. Since then we have been getting up and running, trialling brews to make sure that the first three beers are the highest quality, and getting designs perfected for the cans.

“We’ve finally got the recipes just right and we’re as excited about the beers inside the cans as we are about the artwork on the outside. Source Four’s illustrations capture perfectly the spirit of Docks Beers – putting the graft in craft beer. We believe we are the first brewery in Lincolnshire to produce cans for the craft beer market. They show that Grimsby and Lincolnshire can compete with the best of the UK’s craft breweries.”

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The canned beers are a big step forward for Docks Beers, with the taste and look described as markedly different from the real ales produced in bottle and cask by parent company Axholme Brewing Co.


Inside the Docks Beers brewery, in King Edward Street, Grimsby (Image: Rick Byrne)

Director Shahram Shadan said: “Docks Beers contain more hop varieties in each brew and are colder and carbonated. We can’t wait to see what customers make of them. Our new brewery in Grimsby was carefully specified to enable us to produce craft beer in cans.”

Them That Can, a mobile canning company, has been on site, piping the beer from the fermentation tanks into specialist equipment, producing finished product in seconds. They were impressed with the set up in the former St Barnabas Church.

Read more: A great day for Grimsby: The first brew is underway at Docks Beers

Of the artwork, Mr Shadan said: “We wanted designs that reflected the story behind our brand. We brew in Grimsby, by the docks and our brewing is inspired by our location and the work ethic of dockers past, present and future. The names of our beers and the can illustrations reflect this.”

Hard Graft is a 4 per cent punchy, piney, pale session ale underpinned by barley and rye malt with bold flavours from Citra, Simcoe and Sorachi Ace hops. The can features a female welder hard at work.


The new Docks Beers range (Image: Rick Byrne)

The 4.5 per cent Graveyard Shift is dark and rich milk stout made with chocolate malt and coconut. The design on the can shows a shift worker barking instructions into a walkie talkie in the dead of night.

Never Say Die is a robust 6 per cent New World IPA with a tropical and citrus kick from Magnum, Chinook and Mosaic hops. The design features dockers hard at work in torrential rain.

Company founder, director and head brewer Mike Richards, said: “I’m pleased with the new beers which are some of the best I’ve brewed. Our trials allowed us to perfect the taste but the new brewery is a dream to work with and has made it possible to improve on the test brews. This is just the beginning. We will be making two more canned beers before the end of 2018 and at least six more in 2019.”

Docks beers will be exclusively available from the brewery and taproom for a time, ahead of general release.

Charles Lumley, brewery non-executive director and owner of Cleethorpes’ specialist beer shop and weekend bar, Message in a Bottle, said: “We see so many different cans, but these are beautifully designed. Our customers are going to love Docks Beers and visitors to the area will make a bee line to buy the only beer brewed in Grimsby.”

Axholme will continue to brew its branded range at the original site in Crowle, North Lincolnshire.



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