TFS Brewery Expansion
The Fresh Standard Brew Co, established November 2020, saw local investment in January of this year are now upping its productivity with more storage space and a new apprentice, increasing production capacity by 400% and opening the taproom on more days of the week.
The small brewery owned by husband and wife team, Richard and Charlotte Taylor, and based in Woodchester, Stroud and has seen steady growth since it started during covid. Initially cuckoo brewing out of Artisan Ales up at Aston Down, they moved into their own premises February last year and started brewing on their own 1.5 barrel brewhouse.
The tap room which is open on a Friday and Saturday, 2-9pm, and has a variety of food pop ups proved so successful with the locals last year that they kept running out of beer. This led to enthusiastic regulars wanting to help out and invest.
“What we didn’t expect when we opened the bar last year was the reaction from our locals. We now feel part of a lovely and welcoming community and are very appreciative that they consider us as part of that.”
In January they ripped out last years brewery and installed a 5 barrel kit, upping capacity fourfold. They have now secured the tenancy of another unit on the same industrial
estate, hired their first apprentice and hope to have enough beer to start selling to local pubs.
“We are so pleased with the new brewhouse, it’s a beautiful British built plant that we are the proud third owners of, and we have been able to adapt it specifically to our needs using the skills of very local fabricators here on the industrial estate”
“We are thrilled that Chris has now joined us and look forward to channelling his enthusiasm for beer into creating a talented new brewer for the team”
In addition they have decide to extend their summertime opening days to include Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons and looking to create some beer and booze related events at these times.
They have 6 core beers;
- Solution 4.8% Common Pale Ale, cask
- Horse Brass 4% Standard Bitter, cask
- Red Mild 6%, cask
- Soft 5.2% Juicy Pale Ale, keg
- Bryter 3% Table Beer, keg
- Pothering 6.2% West Coast IPA, cask and keg
Their main brewing philosophy is simple, low intervention beer using only 4 ingredients; water, barley, hops and yeast. They don’t use finings which means all of their beer is vegan friendly. They aim to create distinct beers, inspired by the Stroud valleys and the places we drink them.