New Brewery To Open In Lurgan, Co. Antrim, In October
A new brewery called Spadetown Brewery will open at Silverwood Business Park in Lurgan, Co. Antrim, in October.
There are also plans by the group of local investors who are opening Spadetown Brewery to open a distillery called Lough Neagh Distillers in Lurgan in 2022, which be the first distillery in the town since 1837.
The initial planned investment of over £2 million is expected to create approximately 55 jobs by 2023.
The new brewery is based in a dedicated 5,000 square foot unit with a state-of-the-art automated brewing system, and currently houses six 2,700 litre Brewiks fermenters, giving it capacity for over 500,000 litres of beer per annum. The company plans to brew a range of beers including lagers, IPAs and special edition beers, which are expected to go on sale in the on- and off-trade when the brewery opens.
Investor, drinks industry veteran and Lurgan-native Vernon Fox, who spearheaded the venture with backing from local business people including IT services provider Novosco founder Patrick McAliskey, stated, "I have long wanted to open a brewery and distillery in Lurgan, drawing on centuries of tradition, given that Lurgan was home to one of the island's largest distilleries, Greer’s Distillery, until it burnt down in 1837, and that the wider area was previously a hub for micro brewing.
"My idea to do so was put on hold due to the pandemic but that has become a positive as it led to new conversations with other local people who are passionate about the area’s brewing and distilling heritage, and to new investment and even bigger plans as a result.
"We want to rekindle Lurgan's deep history with distilling and the history of brewing on the southern shores of Lough Neagh. We want to build brands and products that will connect with customers locally and around the world, leading to job creation, further investment in Lurgan, and more visitors to the local area.
"Our philosophy is to do things in the right way, building a great business culture and brilliant environment for our team to work in, having the best equipment and processes to produce fantastic products, and doing things sustainably. As part of this, the brewery and distillery will become entirely carbon neutral."
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