A yard or two for real ales

Vin Hamer, Landlord of the Thatched House, Poulton, is setting up a  microbrewery within the pub, with work set to begin in April.

Vin Hamer, Landlord of the Thatched House, Poulton, is setting up a microbrewery within the pub, with work set to begin in April.

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IT’s already renowned as one of the Fylde Coast’s most prominent real ale sellers, but one pub is set to take its commitment to beer one step further by brewing its own.

The Thatched House, in Poulton, is to start building a microbrewery within the pub in the next two months – meaning customers will soon be able to sample a pint made just yards from the bar.

The pub’s assistant manager, Natalie Booth, said: “The landlord here is really into his real ale and we had a bit of spare space so we want to utilise that.

“We’re looking at brewing a blond beer first, then once we’ve perfected it we’ll move on to other stuff.

“It’s really exciting and I’m looking forward to it myself.

“The customers are excited and can’t wait to try it, they’ve all been really positive about it and they’re looking forward to trying the ales.”

Wyre Council’s economy portfolio holder Gordon McCann believes the new brewery will give a boost to Poulton’s town centre.

And Coun McCann, a member of the Campaign for Real Ale, admitted he was “absolutely” looking forward to sipping a pint of the new brew.

He said: “It’s a really positive move and it’ll bring a new vitality to the town centre because it’s something a bit different.

“I’m fully in support of microbreweries because I think they do a fantastic job and they always get the stamp of approval.

“The real ales are always the ones which sell out first in the pub.

“It’s certainly something different for the centre of Poulton and it has to be applauded that they’re improving the business there.”