Having moved out of Dorking town centre and into a converted countryside barn in Capel back in 2017, Dorking Brewery has announced that it will be launching an onsite Gun and Tap taproom in time for summer 2021.
The new taproom at Aldhurst Farm, on the Surrey/Sussex border, will feature 10 craft keg lines and four cask lines, showcasing the Dorking Brewery range as well as guest beers from around Britain.
“We’re really excited to be launching our new taproom this summer,” says Dorking Brewery owner, Neel Singh. “We hope that it will become a home from home for all Dorking Brewery fans, as well as beer lovers from across Surrey and Sussex.”
An experience for beer lovers
During 2020, Dorking Brewery launched Saturday Sessions featuring live music and street food with the aim of building the brewery as a destination experience.
The work on the Gun and Tap taproom will further complement their tours, tastings and Beer Club.
They are hoping to be able to offer outdoor drinks from Monday April 12 and socially distanced Saturday Sessions from Saturday May 22, with the grand opening of the taproom pencilled in for Saturday July 3.
“Over the next couple of months, a small army of carpenters, electricians, and beer line supremos will be coming in to start the fit out,” says Neel. “We can’t wait to have a proper all-weather home for people to enjoy Dorking Brewery beers.”
“We are also taking the opportunity to add two 6,000 litre fermenters to the brewhouse to help us to keep up with the demand for cans. This will enable us to produce more varieties more often.”
Ready to pour
Dorking Brewery produce a range of easy drinking ales, including Pilcrow Pale, a citrusy sensation that is currently their best seller; DB One, an easy drinking pale bitter; and Black Noise, a chocolatey porter.
Their hugely popular Five Claw West Coast IPA should be available again this April, fresh and ready for spring and summer sipping.
Owner Neel Singh was previously in the Royal Navy and their flagship lager is made in partnership with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, with 5% of the trade price going to support servicemen, women, and their families.
With the brewery back online after winter lockdown hibernation and orders flowing in from Surrey pubs as hospitality looks to open up again, it looks like an exciting year ahead for Dorking Brewery and their brand-new taproom.
In the meantime, Dorking Brewery is open for beer purchases direct from the brewhouse and they also offer next day delivery across Surrey (free nationwide delivery on orders over £39) from their online shop.
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