Sites chosen on Malmesbury town outskirts and on farm
12:00pm Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
Beer drinkers in Malmesbury could soon be supping Athelstan Ale and Eilmer’s Brew with plans under way for two new local micro-breweries.
The long-awaited Malmesbury Brewery now looks set to launch at the end of the year, if plans to move to a location on the outskirts of Malmesbury go ahead as planned.
Another new micro-brewery, The Flying Monk Brewery, is being set up in Hullavington by four local men, who had the idea while drinking one night in The Whole Hog, Market Lane.
Richard Auty, owner of Malmesbury Brewery, is keen to rebuild the momentum of his business after taking a break from the project earlier in the year due to family bereavement.
He said: “We just want to get it off the ground now.
“The support we have had from people is amazing, especially considering it is just in the formative stages.”
Mr Auty, and his wife Fiona, who live off Tetbury Hill, have researched numerous sites in the town in the hope of finding a central location, including the former Guildhall Bar. “The Guildhall would have been fantastic,” he said.
“However we couldn’t have got our kit through the door, so we are now looking at doing something outside of the town between Malmesbury and Swindon.
“Hopefully if we can get something sorted out fast enough we would like to launch before Christmas, but that depends on things going in our favour.”
Despite this, Mr Auty insists the long-term goal will be to find a town centre site employing about 10 people.
The Flying Monk Brewery is due to open at Bradfield Manor Farm in November once equipment is in place. Those involved include Anthony Hibbard, 53, of Arches Lane, Malmesbury, Iain Morrison, 64, of Corston, Tony Kemp, 53, Hullavington and Richard Pickford, of Letchlade.
They plan to launch Eilmer beer in their first year, named after the 11th century monk famous for launching himself from the abbey and gliding more than 200m before crashing and breaking both legs.
“It feels exciting. It’s a new lease of life,” said Mr Kemp, who has worked for Youngs, Wadworth and Archers brewers.
“I never thought I would have my own brewery one day.
“We have mulled over quite a few names for the beer and then it just came to us – Eilmer.”
Mr Kemp, whose brother Michael runs The Whole Hog, is planning to source local barley.
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