Former Stamford tyre depot to become a brewery

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A NEW brewery will be moving into a disused town centre garage.

Publican and farmer Mick Thurlby and brewer Simon Rains will be transforming the former Stamford Tyres and Exhausts in St Leonard’s Street, Stamford, into a brewery.

Stamford Brewing Company is hoped to be open in the autumn and it will be brewing up to 3,500 gallons of real ale a week.

The pair have run Ufford Ales for five years but the businesses has outgrown its current base in the White Hart, Main Street, Ufford.

The company will be re-branded in the move and will be creating up to five new jobs.

Stamford has a great brewing heritage and this is believed to be the first brewery to open in the town for more than 100 years.

Mr Thurlby, who also owns pubs and property in Stamford and Bourne, is excited by the move.

He said: “We wanted the profile of Stamford and we have outgrown our current site. It is great for Stamford and great for jobs.”

Brewer Mr Rains, 36, of Great Northern Gardens, Bourne, said: “It is really exciting, it is something I have wanted to do for a long while.

“I love brewing and I’m passionate about it. It is really exciting opportunity and it is good for the town. Stamford beer produced and drunk in the town.”

The company hopes to start work on transforming the former tyre centre, which has stood empty for about 18 months, shortly and is looking to open in September or October. The site was bought two to three weeks ago.

Stamford Brewing Company will be producing three core ales, Stamford Pale Ale, Stamford Best Bitter and Stamford Gold. It will also be brewing seasonal guest beers, including stouts and pilsners.

The company currently produces cask ales but will be moving into bottle ranges. The ale will be bottled and labelled at another location. The beer will be delivered in a 70-mile radius of Stamford. It will be creating between 1,200 and 3,500 gallons of beer a week.

Real ale fans and other visitors will also be able to look around the site once it is open.

Plans to convert the current Ufford Ales site into four bedrooms for the pub have been submitted.