Tapping into the real ale market

Richard and Mandy Muir prepare to open their micropub.
Richard and Mandy Muir prepare to open their micropub.
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No lager, no spirits, no wine – and certainly no alcopops – are the bar rules at Ilkeston’s newest pub, set to open later this month.

The Brewery Tap micropub in South Street is the brainchild of one half of the husband and wife team who run Ilkeston’s award-winning Muirhouse Brewery.

Inspired by the success of micropubs locally, including in Marlpool, Nottingham and Derby, Mandy Muir is confident that a pub devoted to the appreciation of real ale will do a roaring trade in Ilkeston town centre.

“If you go back through the ages, you look at the Erewash Beer Festival – that started in Ilkeston at the Regency Rooms,” Mandy, of Long Eaton, explained.

“Ilkeston people love their real ale – and if you want to buy our ales, you have to go to Nottingham or Derby, so this seems like the perfect place.”

And it couldn’t be in a better position, with real ale focussed pubs including The Poacher, The Spanish Bar and The General Havelock just a stone’s throw away.

There will be four ever-changing ales on the modestly sized bar at all times – two from the Manners Industrial Estate brewery, which husband Richard will continue to focus on, one ‘Locale’, brewed within a few miles radius and one from further afield.

The final touches are being made to the bar, on the former site of the U Choose smoothie bar, with a grand opening date pencilled in for Tuesday July 25.