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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Workington micro brewery project starts

Work has started to convert a former agricultural building at Calva Farm in Workington into a lager micro brewery.

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CHEERS: Graeme Mitchell, of Mitchell-Krauser beer company

Graeme Mitchell, who set up Mitchell Krause Brewing four years ago, started work pulling up the old concrete floor after being granted change of use from Allerdale council.

Over the next few months a new concrete floor will be laid, a small office built and brewing equipment installed.

Mr Mitchell said he hopes to start brewing by Easter.

Ninety-five per cent of the beers brewed will be sold as draught and five per cent will be bottled.

Mr Mitchell said: “We’re cracking on with the work and I’m happy with the way things are progressing.

“Everyone assumes that when a micro brewery sets up that it will be an ale brewery but we will be brewing lager.”

Mr Mitchell’s beers are currently brewed in West Sussex and Cheshire and transported in bulk to Cockermouth where they are bottled and put into kegs.

Storage and distribution is managed by Grapevine Wholesale of Embleton with sales and marketing conducted from Workington.

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