Grangemouth micro brewery given licence to trade

A Grangemouth-based micro brewery has been granted a premises licence to continue making and delivering craft beers.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 4:45 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd March 2021, 9:46 am
The licence has been given the go-ahead. Picture: Natasha Breen/REDA&CO/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Members of Falkirk Council’s licensing board heard that Hybrid Brewing, based in Abbotsinch Road, Grangemouth, had been using occasional licences to make deliveries throughout lockdown without any problems.

Speaking on behalf of brewer Rab Lee, Niall Hassard told the board that before the coronavirus pandemic, nearly all sales had been to licensed premises or through beer festivals.

Direct customer orders had only been a plan for the future – but the closure of pubs and restaurants left Mr Lee with no option but to make the change.

He began to produce bottles and smaller kegs and started delivering locally.

Mr Lee makes different beers every week, taking orders through the week, and then making most of the deliveries himself on Friday.

The board heard that there is no retail area in the premises, which is very much a working brewery, and customers cannot just turn up to buy products.

“The fact that it is local and the beers regularly change is part of the attraction,” said Mr Hassard.

Members agreed that an electronic point of sale till – a requirement for any premises – would not be suitable for his business and all the information needed would be collected on the software he currently uses.

Board convener Niall Coleman said he was happy to grant the application, telling Mr Lee: “I hope your business adds to the long-established and fine tradition of brewing in Falkirk.”

The information in this story came from a public notice published in this newspaper. You can read more public notices in our classified section today.

Kirsty Paterson, Local Democracy Reporting Service