A DORRIDGE man says he is fulfilling a “childhood dream” by opening up the borough’s first ever brewery.
Mark Gregory, aged 43, has spent two years trying to turn his ambitious idea into a reality.
And today (Friday), the proud Silhillian will be launching his debut beer, a real ale which he has called 4.0 Per Cent.
“The idea behind its name is to keep things simple, and to let drinkers know exactly what they are consuming,” said Mark.
“It’s taken two years to get off the ground, getting money together to buy the barrels and to create a good recipe.
“Paul Kenyon, our master brewer, has created a stunningly good beer for us. He’s one of the best in the country and has used the finest ingredients.”
Mark is in the process of moving a brewery from Hay-on-Wye to Solihull and will call it the Silhill Brewery.
As well as creating and promoting the “hoppy, pale ale”, Mark has decided to make the experience more ‘interactive’ in a bid to find out “what local people honestly think of the beer”.
To do this Mark will be writing a blog and inviting responses, as well as putting smart chips on the pumps, which will allow smart phone users to ‘scan’ and be directed to his website.
“I’ve always wanted to own my own business and it was always a childhood dream of mine to have my own brewery,” added Mark.
“I’m really proud to be able to use the Silhill name too as I was born and raised in Solihull.
“My aim is to build the business up slowly and hopefully spread the ales out to other areas. By Christmas I also want to be bottling it up.”
4.0 Per Cent will be on sale in the Metro Bar in Solihull town centre and Dorridge Cricket Club.