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Thatcham independent Delphic Brewing Company gets go ahead for brewery and taproom plans in Newbury town centre

An independent brewing company has been given the go ahead to open a brewery and taproom in Newbury.

Delphic Brewing Company – which was founded in 2019 by Tom Broadbank and operates from a 320 sq ft garage in Thatcham – will be opening a new premises within the vacant Motorists Discount Centre on Mayors Lane.

Tom Broadbank from Delphic Brewing Company
Tom Broadbank from Delphic Brewing Company

Mr Broadbank said: “On the crowd funder people put comments on the page and there is loads of people saying how much they are looking forward to having a taproom right in the heart of Newbury.

“I think the town is crying out for what we are going to build. It already looks like the support we are going to receive is going to be incredible which is so appreciated.

“We are just in the process now of finalising the new brewing equipment and doing layouts of where everything is going to go.

The floorplan for the new brewery and taproom
The floorplan for the new brewery and taproom

“And hopefully we’ll have contractors to start work in the first week of February.

“So it is full steam ahead.”

The company has been crowdfunding in a bid for extra help in turning a dream into a reality.

It raised £16,423 with 174 supporters within the space of 56 days.

The new space will act as the company’s production facility, with the aim of it producing between 75,000 and 125,000 litres of beer a year.

As well as the brewing equipment, storage and office space, the plans also contain a taproom within the building that will open on Fridays and Saturdays.

The plans state: “The function of the taproom will be to allow customers to try our product before deciding whether or not to purchase cans of beer to take home.

“It also gives customers an opportunity to try the product before purchasing at an alternate location at a later date. Small amounts of merchandise, such as branded t shirts, may be sold in the tap room.

“Tap room revenue will be a small percentage of the total revenue of the business and far from a viable enterprise itself. The majority of revenue will be sales to trade.”

The company is now in the process of applying for a premises license.

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