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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Award-winning Millom brewery chief Dave optimistic about future

AN award-winning Millom brewery has a wide range of exciting plans for the future – including taking part in an international beer competition in Canada.

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POSITIVE Hardknott Brewery owner Dave Bailey with another finished order JON GRANGER REF: 50063477B002

Dave Bailey, the owner of Hardknott Brewery, is optimistic about its future. Following a successful year, he is intent on moving the business forward.

With new staff and an increasingly popular craft beer, Mr Bailey says “being called complacent is the one thing I’ve never been accused of”.

A major development at the brewery over the past year has been the success of Azimuth, their most successful craft beer. Azimuth is a contemporary craft Indian pale ale, created using hops from America’s west coast and New Zealand.

The beer was first created in 2012 and has, over the course of two years, grown to be the number one choice for the brewery’s customers. Azimuth has also won a number of awards, including at a beer festival in Sunderland, and last year Mr Bailey served a glass to prime minister David Cameron.

Mr Bailey said: “We have a range of beers that do well but Azimuth is the absolute winner.

“It’s exported to four different countries and we have it on regularly at the Miner’s Arms, in Silecroft.”

Two new members of staff have joined the team, including a trainee brewer from America. Mr Bailey said he likes to use a wide range of influences in the production of beer, refusing to limit himself to just traditional English beers.

Now he is looking ahead and hopes to make big investments in Hardknott’s future, including the introduction of new tanks that would dramatically speed-up production time. The brewery, which is based in Devonshire Road Trading Estate in Millom, is still in the process of working on a new craft beer pub in the town’s railway station.

The establishment will offer a range of Hardknott’s craft beer for connoisseurs, with the hope of widening the reach of the brewery’s appeal. With the licence already approved, Mr Bailey now must wait for permission from Network Rail.

The next step for Mr Bailey and Hardknott, however, is a little further from home. He will compete at Mondial de la Bière, an international beer festival and competition to take place in Montreal, Canada, in June.

After entering beers into the competition, Mr Bailey was asked to be a judge. He will be flown out to judge and participate at the beginning of next month. Mr Bailey said: “We like to keep moving. Economic times are getting better and there’s a lot to get out of it if you work hard for it. You’ve just got to keep the ball rolling.”

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