Funfair Brewing expansion finally takes shape
The Funfair Brewing Company, is finally getting ready to expand from the Chequeurs Inn, in Elston near Newark. The company, which already supplies an existing base of client pubs in Derbyshire, is looking to increase production of its Real Ale to supply demand in Nottinghamshire as well.
The co-owners David Tizard and Abigail Cutts took up the Chequers Inn in May 2010 and have been trading since June much to the relief of the local community. The pub had previously been out of use since the 1970’s and was in poor condition.
Thanks to match funding from the LEADER project, the owners have been able to raise enough capital to repair the roof of the building, put in new flooring, electrics water supply and drainage, and provide self contained office space and a meeting room.
This means that the pub can start expanding its Funfair microbrewery with increased production levels from 20 firkins a week to 80 firkins a week. It’s also planned to offer brewery tours at the venue and offer insight into the magic behind brands such as Brandy Snaps, Cake Walk, Wall of Death and Waltzer.
It’s hoped the new brewery could provide hands on training opportunities for students at Trent University studying Brewing Science.
David Tizard, Landlord at the Chequers Inn said, ‘We have tried to give Elston a village pub to be proud of, lets now put Elston on the map as a place of brewing excellence and manufacture a product that locals can be proud of too.’
The Cheuquers Inn is currently open Thursday evening until Sunday night and serves 4 core Funfair Ales together with a selection of guest ales from other microbreweries. Food is available on site with freshly made baguettes, cheeseboards and Friday night serving up homemade pizzas for just £4.
The brewery is due to open in March 2012.