REGULARS at The White Hart in West Stockwith can now sample the freshest of beers thanks to the new neighbouring brewery.
Main Street landlord Wayne Moore has achieved a lifetime ambition and now serves up his very own bitter over the bar.
With partner Brian Cooper, Idle Brewery was launched in June, and already has drinkers sampling his real ale as far away as the Isle of Wight.
Wayne moved to The White Hart in 2002 and explained to the Standard how the new enterprise came about.
“We’re both experienced landlords and had a yearning to run a brewery. A mate of ours had a brewery and was selling up so we ended up buying it.
“We’ve spent a lot of money installing it in the barn and we’ve tried to make it as aesthetically pleasing as we can because it’s part of the pub and people can see it. It’s been hard work but good fun.”
Real ale can now be brewed twice a week and the pair have the ability to produce 64 nine gallon barrels a week.
“We’re selling it to beer festivals, regional Camra magazines are getting it, we’re working very hard on it,” explained Wayne.
The first beer, Idle Landlord (4.6%), was designed for the regular beer drinkers at the White Hart; the second is Idle Brewer (5%); and the third is Idle Chef (4%).
“It’s going quite well and we sell quite a bit of it to the locals. The Landlord is very popular. It is a traditional bitter with a malty almost liquorice taste to it. You know you’re drinking it, it’s got a real flavour to it,” added Wayne.
And already fans of real ale are taking to the new drink with supplies even going the the Isle of Wight. Six gallons from the first batch were sold in Manchester which led to a regular order, Sheffield, Wakefield, Nottingham, Worksop, Retford and. more locally. The Carpenters at Westwoodside and The Loco in Haxey.
“One of the things we’re passionate about as landlords is that we want to bring real ales back.
“We’re intending, once we’re established, doing a partnership beer, a beer that the landlord will have to finish off to give a real fresh beer.
“The skill has gone out of the trade now and we want to put it back.”
Work on the actual brewery building itself is still ongoing but, once completed, Wayne and Brian hope to run brewing and barrelling days when people can visit and see a real brewery in action.
Wayne added: “It’s nice for me to have three of my own beers on the bar, there’s not many pubs that can do that.”