Vin’s perfect dream is ready to roll

Vin Hamer has started his own brewery, Chapel Street Brewery, from the Thatched House pub in Poulton.
Vin Hamer has started his own brewery, Chapel Street Brewery, from the Thatched House pub in Poulton.
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A Fylde coast publican is hoping he has found the final part of his “perfect pub” jigsaw.

Vin Hamer from the Thatched House in Poulton is all set to launch his latest venture – The Brewhouse.

Vin, who regularly hosts real ale festivals and has around eight generally on offer at the popular pub in Ball Street is aiming to brew his own fine ales

Vin said: “It was nearly three years ago when this cunning plan was hatched.

“I thought why not open a micro brewery in the heart of Poulton-le-Fylde.

“Install it in the existing coaching sheds at the back of the Thatched House Pub.

“Take advantage of the best industry advice and make the most of the best local business support.

“Source the equipment from the UK’s leading micro-brewery installation company.

“And train with one of the Fylde coast’s leading brewing companies .

“The final piece of the perfect-pub jigsaw has finally arrived.”

He said he has been a licencee for 28 years and is glad to be back on the Fylde running one of its best known pubs.

“Cask ale has always been part of the industry for me and is the most interesting part of serving beer.”

Now the brewery is up and running and set to open to the public with a launch night next Wednesday from 7pm.

It will see the first of the Chapel Street ales – with its Blonde 3.8 per cent ABV light ale and its Golden Bitter 4.1 per cent ABV.

The public will have a chance to pour their own real ale, have a nosey around the BrewHouse, sample Doodles Chapel Street beer battered fish and chip bites, listen to some toe-tapping fiddle music and maybe pick up a free beer token.

Vin said the plan was to brew half capacity at first and produce 72 gallons and get customers to rate it so that the product could be honed to perfection.

The plant was installed with the help of Andy and James Booker of the Lytham Brewery.

Vin said he hopes to be able to showcase his ales at the Lytham beer festival in September.