Micro brewery opens up new Giltbrook premises

An award winning micro brewery has opened up in Giltbrook.

And staff at Blue Monkey Brewery said it will be great for the area now the Hardy and Hansons site in Kimberley is no longer brewing.

The opening event was held last week where staff, customers, representatives from beer festivals and wholesale clients enjoyed a buffet, music, and of course a beer.

Head of sales Hazel Knowles said: "We had a great time. People just enjoyed the food and drink and we had a good chat to everyone. We really wanted to try and get someone famous along but it's been so busy and such a mad rush since we moved over here."

The brewery opened up on the Manners Industrial Estate in Ilkeston two years ago as a ten barrel plant, but now has 20 barrels and needed somewhere bigger. It is now at Giltbrook Industrial Park in Pentrich Road, just behind the Giltbrook Retail Park.

Blue Monkey supplies to pubs on a local and national level, including the Three Tuns pub in Eastwood and the Larks Nest in Nuthall. The company has won national and regional awards for its Guerilla stout and won awards for its BG Sips and Ape ale.

Managing director John Hickling said: "I'm so pleased to finally get the new brewery operational. We've invested in a brand new, state-of-the-art brewhouse, so we'll be able to produce a lot more beer than we currently do.

"I think it was a tragedy that the old Kimberley brewery was closed, and I'm really proud that we're bringing brewing back to the area whilst moving only a couple of miles from our Ilkeston roots.'

To celebrate opening the new brewery, the brewers put together a stronger version of their top selling Evolution beer called Revolution.

"It was only supposed to be a one off, but it's been going down really well, so I strongly suspect we'll be brewing it again!" Mr Hickling said.

The new site is capable of increasing Blue Monkey's current production to over 100,000 pints a month - three times their current capacity.

Kimberley brewery closed in 2006.