Craft ale brewers Anspach and Hobday, currently based under a Bermondsey railway arch and with a bar in Camberwell, have a £500,000 expansion plan and they are looking to set up a production base in the Valley Park industrial estate, off the Purley Way, with a taproom for people to sample the beers coming early in 2020.
The company was founded in 2014 by Paul Anspach and John Hobday. They are funding the expansion through crowdfunding.
“We started in Bermondsey in 2014 and it was a great platform for us to grow, but now we need the kind of space that can match the production we’re attempting to achieve,” a spokesman said.
“We’re looking to get the brewery operational this side of the new year, and there will be a taproom on site for those that wish to come to the brewery and sample our beers.
“The taproom will likely be ready early 2020 – as soon as we can serve beer there we definitely will.”
The company intends to continue operating from the Bermondsey base. “We’re going to keep it and do a small amount of brewing here – mostly likely our experimental stuff. Bermondsey will become more of a fully-fledged taproom which makes a lot of sense for the area.”
The brewers are looking at creating possibly three full-time and four part-time jobs through things like the taproom, extra production and sales staff, though this will be a steady process, over the course of three years.
“Of course, we’re keen to hire locally where possible,” they said.
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