County brewery has a thirst for more with move to bigger units
A new brewery that makes traditional ales with a Lincoln theme has seen a sharp increase in demand after being launched this summer.
Steve Marston and business partner Ant Porter decided to move their enterprise into an industrial unit after getting a positive response to their home-brewed products.
And since the switch to the Seven-O-Seven business park in Bracebridge Heath, production has increased rapidly.
Cathedral Heights Brewery has a core range of six beers, including Steep Hill, Bracebridge Heath Bitter and Devil's Nightmare, which is a reference to the Imp at Lincoln Cathedral.
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Mr Marston said he originally planned to make two seven-cask batches a month, but because of the popularity of the beers he is producing two a week, equating to about 600 litres.
"I'm surprised at how quickly it picked up from the word go," he said. "We're really pleased and we couldn't be happier.
"There's nothing quite like seeing people sat there drinking your brew – it's a fantastic feeling.
"The beers have gone down really well and we have a recognisable brand now. I think people like having the Lincoln connection.
"We know a lot of people in Bracebridge Heath are quite excited about having a brewery here and having something named after it."
Mr Marston, who owns the majority of the business, started brewing from home in 2011 when he created a beer called Just Married for his own wedding.
He carried on producing ales from home but stopped in 2012 to focus on another company, Stance Security.
However, he decided to relaunch the brewery this year and moved the operation into dedicated premises at the end of May.
The businessman then spent the next month building his own equipment from scratch before starting production in June.
He now sells casks to several pubs in Lincolnshire, including two JD Wetherspoon branches and The Jolly Brewer in Lincoln.
"It's going really well," he said.
"We're now in Wetherspoons and we have seven of their pubs that we can sell to. We've been getting really good feedback about the beers."
Mr Marston has ambitious plans for the future and hopes to double production in the next 12 to 18 months.
The brewery has its own set of pumps and while they are not currently used for commercial purposes, it is hoped an alcohol licence can be gained to allow the company to open a pop-up bar.