It’s a big week for family run Old Nick’s Tavern, which launched its new microbrewery, Horncastle Ales, on Sunday and this Sunday hosts a charity fundraiser and official public opening of the new venture.
As featured in last week’s Horncastle News, the new microbrewery is being led by Brewster Elizabeth Ellis, daughter of landlords Ross and Sally Ellis. Elizabeth will lead an all girl team in the brewery with Alissa Moody and Kayleigh Dobson.
On Sunday East Lindsey District Councillor for Economic Development Craig Leyland cut the ribbon to open Horncastle Ales.
He said: “This is an amazing project to have seen grow from the original idea to a fully-functioning small business.
“As with any business, there have been obstacles along the way, but thanks to the hard work and determination of Ross, Sally and Elizabeth, the micro-brewery is now finished and ready to produce Horncastle Ales.
“I wish the family, and Alissa and Keyleigh, success in the future.”
The venture was given support through a £50,000 grant from East Lindsey District Council’s Rural Development Fund, which aims to help local businesses diversify and grow.
The grant funded 49% of the original estimated cost of the project
Ross added: “‘Horncastle Ales will give the town a point of reference attracting visitors, whilst complimenting the other excellent businesses in town with additional footfall that comes from having a small independent accessible micro-brewery.”
Elizabeth will source the ingredients such as hops and malts locally, where possible, for the unique flavour combinations and also provide a tourist attraction for real ale enthusiasts with brewery ‘tours’ and experience days.
This Sunday, August 3 will be the official ‘public’ opening when the local supporters of Old Nicks Tavern, Horncastle residents and interested parties can attend a charity fundraiser, where the new selection of ales will be available for the public to sample.
The event will raise money for Horncastle Youth Centre. It will also allow Ross and Sally to say thank you to all the supporters that have stood by them in the last nine years.
Watch the video of the opening online by visiting our website www.horncastle news.co.uk