An organic brewery has opened the doors of its new £1.9millon brewhouse.

Stroud brewery, founded in 2006, has opened a new brewing facility and canal side tap room in Thrupp, Gloucestershire.

The new brewery, across the car park from its original home, provides additional brewing capacity, improved efficiencies, storage facilities, larger offices, a new taproom with canal-side views and event spaces.

Founder and managing director Greg Pilley (left) said: “It’s a very exciting time for us, we are looking forward to brewing our beers and welcoming everyone for a pint at the new brewery.”

“This is a significant development Stroud which provides us with the platform to further grow our business.

“There is a growing respect for our ethos and our range of organic beers that are now recognised nationally.

“When we first started talking about this project sustainability was at the core of the brief, allowing long term investment in improving our efficiencies and providing a brewery with a strong identity, that would be a vibrant community space and a visitor destination.”

Pilley lives near the brewery and says being a brewer is a bit like being a farmer – and each day he wants to come and check that his yeast is growing properly.

In 2018 the brewery launched a crowdfunding campaign with Triodos Bank to raise £300,000 to help fund the relocation and expansion plans.

Members of the public were offered the opportunity to buy bonds in the business for a minimum of £1000 and become Stroud Brewery Beer Club members for the period of the bond. The bonds sold out in a matter of days, becoming one of the fastest crowdfunding campaigns that Triodos Bank have ever done.

The Stroud’s best known beer, Budding, is named in honour of Edwin Budding, the inventor of the world’s first lawnmower, which was made in a nearby foundry in 1830.

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