CHESTER has a brand new brewery – conveniently placed inside a pub.
Kash, on Brook Street, will brew all its own American style beers on site from next week after installing a microbrewery on site.
This means instead of getting barrels of beer delivered to the pub, the bar will get its beers from about 20 feet away.
The head brewer at Kash, Alex Haycraft – who has been brewing for 20 years – said the reason they installed the microbrewery is as people are more interested in how a brewery works now.
He said: “People always ask where beer is brewed because customers have changed and they want to know where it is from and how its made.
“We have brought a microbrewery here so they can see it, it is in everyone’s face. We want to get customers involved with it as well and come and see the process during the day.
“A lot of people haven’t seen a brewery and this gives it a face. They know what goes on but not all breweries are massive scale. We would rather keep small scale breweries within the pub than find ourselves in one big brewery supplying pubs.
“That way we are doing it by hand, the minute you go larger you hand it over to a machine and then it starts to get a bit samey.”
Alex said the beers they are brewing at Kash are mainly American style beers which use American hops and German malts for flavour.
He added: “The main idea is to push the styles a bit further. Chester has an interest in beer. We are trying to make styles of beer which are usually imported to give people something different at a cheaper price.”
Kash plans to run nights to help people match beer with food called Brewers nights.
Andy Tabberer, social media manager at the Kash pub, said the brewers nights will prove you don’t have to drink wine with a meal.
He said: “We want people to match beer and food together because most people only think of having wine with food but it is actually quite limited. The number of styles there are in wine are quite small but with beer there is one for every type of food.
“A fairly obvious example would be having an IPA [Indian Pale Ale] with a curry instead of a lager, because that is what the British would have had in India. Pale Ale’s are bitter which cut through the flavours of a curry.”
Andy also said it was good another brewer was opening in Chester. He said: “Chester is desperately short of brewers. There is one working brewery in Chester, which is in the Pied Bull, and now there is a second one. It also makes sense logistically because transporting beer puts a lot on the cost so we can sell it cheaper.
“We are making high percentage, traditional beers and selling them for £3 to £3.50 because we don’t have the extra cost. At the moment, when you get a strong beer the cost rockets up because it is imported but we are only moving it 10, 20 yards.”