Being located on the National Trust Calke Abbey Estate is fairly unique for a microbrewery as most are typically run from an industrial unit or business park. We’re operating out of a single storey red brick cow shed!
Since January 2016, the brewery has grown steadily in line with the growing interest in real ale and craft breweries, with beer sales increasing month by month. We’re now running at full capacity so we need extra space and new equipment to expand. Our landlord The National Trust is supportive of our expansion plans on the brewery site to open a new brewery tap room and visitor centre. The derelict double height barn that’s adjacent to our brewery shed would be renovated to house a new brewery tap with the latest state of the art brewing equipment, giving visitors a full view of the real ale brewing process. There’ll be plenty of outdoor seating and facilities for the National Trust to provide food and catering on site.
Surrounded by green fields with animals grazing, our idyllic countryside location coupled with the high footfall on the Calke Estate generated by the National Trust presents an opportunity to attract both day visitors and provide a welcoming, local attraction for evening and weekend visitors too.
Outline plans have the support of South Derbyshire District Council and DEFRA and more detailed plans are being developed during 2019.