To our surprise, Stroud Brewery is running out of space and bursting at the seams in all areas: the brewery, office and tap. There is no way we could have imagined this 6 years ago when we expanded in to our existing site, it seemed HUGE then.
In 2017 we were given the opportunity to buy a large area of wasteland just 100 metres away from our current site and construct a brand new building, purpose-built for our growing needs. We love being based in Thrupp, and feel we are a valued facility for the local community so it did not take us long to decide that it was the right location for us. The new building was granted planning permission towards the end of 2017. But it turns out that purchasing commercial wasteland is a pretty slow process, it’s taken a while to get to this stage but construction work is now under way and we are set to move into the new building this Autumn.
The brand-new building will cost £1.2 M and will accommodate our growing needs, providing additional brewing capacity, storage facilities, larger offices, a new canal-side taproom with beautiful views of the Golden Valley and social/event spaces that can be rented.
Managing Director, Greg Pilley commented “This is a significant development for Stroud Brewery and will provide us with the platform to take the business to the next stage. The new brewery will allow us to ensure we retain and enhance our quality reputation but also to develop a range of new beers. One of our USP’s we are recognised for is our ethos of sustainability and producing a nationally recognised range of organic beers. When we first started talking about this project we wanted to ensure this was at the core of the build and accommodate an ecologically designed brewery giving us a strong identity, a visitor destination and a vibrant community space. We are also going to launch a Triodos crowdfunding campaign during the next month where we hope to raise £250K. This will also give customers further opportunities to invest in the brewery’s sustainable practices such as rainwater capture and solar photovoltaic panels.”
The new building was designed by Nailsworth architects, Austin Design Works, and implemented by Clive Petch Architects. The new facilities will allow for the brewery to expand over the coming years. The site is located in a commercial area on the edge of Stroud, it benefits from the River Frome on one side and the Thames & Severn Canal on the other.
Greg Pilley, concluded “It’s an exciting time for us, we are looking to getting in there and inviting you all along for a pint!”