Twisted barrel

Twisted barrel

Twisted Barrel Ale expands to new premises

Glasses at Coventry’s first brewery and tap house will be raised at a new location within FarGo Village next month following its expansion.

Twisted Barrel Ale has been based in FarGo Village in Far Gosford Street since June 2015 and following their initial success, and with some assistance from the developer, they are opening in their significantly larger premises in the Village on Saturday, 7 October.

The re-location means the popular brewery and tap house will now open from Wednesdays to Sundays and will be able to produce half a million pints each year.

Ritchie Bosworth, director and head brewer at Twisted Barrel Ale, and brewer Carl Marshall currently brew seven core beers – but that amount will soon be increasing.

Chris Cooper, who is also a director at Twisted Barrel Ale, said moving from 1,500 sq ft premises to a new 6,000 sq ft home will mean they can increase their range of craft beer bottles and cans.

“Demand has continued to rise and rise over the last two years and we need more space,” he said.

“We are currently producing 120,000 pints a year and that should go up to 500,000 in the new building.

“Increasing the volume we can produce means we can grow our range of craft beer in bottles and cans, and introduce more cask beer, which has only been limited so far.

“At the moment, we don’t have the space we need to produce quality cask beer so that will open up the market for us.

“Being able to have the brewery and tap house in the same place is crucial to our business and the vibe of FarGo is entirely right for us – we couldn’t have imagined going anywhere else.

“The fact we can brew here and sell our products is a perfect fit for us and we attract a diverse range of people which I don’t think we would have anywhere else.”

Twisted Barrel Ale is also expanding overseas after meeting representatives from Asia through the Department of Trade and Industry in a trade mission organised by the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce’s international trade hub.

Ritchie said: “Having canned beer is a big change in the market which is becoming increasingly popular and we have started exporting to Japan, Hong Kong and Germany.

“The German connection came via people from Coventry who are running events over there and the success in Japan and Hong Kong is from a trade mission when delegates tasted our beer in Coventry and loved them.”

Emma Harrabin, of FarGo Village which was created by developers Mazing in 2014, said Twisted Barrel Ale continues to be a hugely successful business.

“Twisted Barrel Ale has grown from being the smallest registered brewery in the country after it was set-up in Chris’s garage in Tile Hill to quadrupling the size of their premises at FarGo Village,” she said.

“One of the strengths of FarGo Village is that businesses can trade with each other so in this case, Al Davison from Astral Gypsy, has illustrated one of their range of bottled beers.

“I think one of their main attractions is that people walk through the door at the tap house and are drinking beer which was brewed feet away from where they are standing.”