Cheers! Brewery to open in Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 10:24 20 August 2015 | UPDATED: 11:28 20 August 2015

Paddy O'Riordan preparing for the launch of Crossed Anchors Brewing.

Paddy O'Riordan preparing for the launch of Crossed Anchors Brewing.

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Exmouth beer drinkers will soon be able to enjoy a taste of their home town, following the opening of a new brewery.

Crossed Anchors Brewing, the brainchild of Paddy O’Riordan and Ollie Bainbridge, is planning to open a six-barrel brewery in the old stables at The Grapevine pub in early 2016.

In advance of this, the company is brewing its first batch, set to feature UK and United States-influenced ales, using spare capacity at an existing brewery, and this will be launched at The Grapevine’s beer festival on August bank holiday weekend.

Ollie, also publican at The Grapevine, said: “After 18 years as a licensee, I have been searching for a way to put into production the stuff I have spent an entire career selling, and this new partnership is the both the culmination of years of planning and the start of something very exciting.

“The British beer industry is really buoyant at present, influenced by US-craft breweries. The UK hasn’t seen this many breweries since the turn of the 19th century, but it does mean plenty of choice for publicans and drinkers alike.

“We intend to be a community-based brewery, where our supporters and customers are involved in the direction of the brewery and feel a part of its development.”

Paddy said: “The company name derives from the two crossed anchors on the Exmouth coat of arms, linking us to our home town.

“We’re very proud to live here, and hope the opening of a brewery in town becomes a real draw for visitors and a boost to Exmouth.

“At the beer festival, we’ll be competing against some really outstanding local and national beers, but we think our two upstarts from Exmouth can set some taste buds alight!”

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