Ampthill Brewhouse ‘Open for Business’
WHAT: The official launch of the Ampthill Brewhouse
WHERE: The White Hart, Ampthill, MK45
WHEN: Thursday 19 November – 7pm onwards
A group of drinking pals have refused to allow a Mid Beds brewery to die – taking over its licence to breathe new life into it.
The Ampthill Brewhouse – formerly The Ampthill Brewery – has launched with three different ales and a vow to ingrain itself in the local community, even offering its beers at cost price to raise money for worthy local causes.
It was the pipe dream of Lee Schopp and a group of friends and acquaintances who decided to act fast when they learned the previous brewery was on the verge of closing.
“We were simply not prepared to see brewing end in the town,” he said. “Within days we had a solid core of friends and drinkers all prepared to invest – it really galvanised the community and within a fortnight we were having to turn away investors.
“We are living proof that if people feel strongly enough about something, they will put their money where their mouth is. Everyone is giving their time for free and we are utilising the expertise amongst us – marketeers, accountants, sales, legal eagles … this is a REAL team effort.”
The three beers are:
Session Ale 3.4% – Light, refreshing
Golden Ale 4.1% – Smooth golden ale
Indian Pale Ale 4.5% – Classic, hoppy with a dark twist
A growing number of pubs and shops in Mid Beds are now stocking the ales and plans are in place to further increase the range and customer base in 2016.
Lee added: “This isn’t a vanity project and we are under no illusions that we could all lose a considerable amount of money – but we love our beer, love our community and we genuinely believe this might just work!”
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