New £1m brewery in Gosport unveils plans for historic site in Priddy's Hard

A NEW brewery under construction in Gosport has unveiled its plans to turn a historic gunpowder magazine into a booming business.

Wednesday, 14th October 2020, 4:53 pm
Updated Wednesday, 14th October 2020, 5:19 pm
Powder Monkey Brewing Co. co-founder Andy Burdon and head brewer Mark Hamblin. Picture: Richard Lemmer

Powder Monkey Brewing Co. is building its brewery - including a tasting room - inside E Magazine, a Grade-II listed building in Priddy’s Hard.

The brewery, which will have a capacity of 2,500 litres, aims to be operational by April 2021, according to co-founder Andy Burdon.

Andy, who will oversee business operations, said: ‘We have been working really hard on the project for 14 months - we have been working a long time with the architects.

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Powder Monkey Brewing Co. co-founder Andy Burdon and head brewer Mark Hamblin. Picture: Richard Lemmer

‘We are keen to keep as many original features intact as possible.’

But thirsty beer-lovers won’t have to wait more than six months for a chance to try the brewery’s recipes, as it is working from a Berkshire brewery to create a preview batch.

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This preview will see more than 1,800 cases of beer be made available online and in pubs and shops from November.

E Magazine, in Priddys Hard, will be home to Powder Monkey Brewing Co.. Picture: Richard Lemmer

Beers on offer will include the Hop and Hooker range, a tribute to one of the businesses directors and shareholders – Steve Thompson, a former hooker for England's rugby team.

Hop and Hooker will come as a 3.8 per cent pale ale with US hops, giving it a citrus aroma, and 4.3 per cent amber ale made with UK hops to create a fruit aroma.

But head brewer Mark Hamlin can’t wait to get on site and create brand new beer ranges.

The 26-year-old, who trained to be a biochemist at the University of Oxford, said: ‘I’m really excited to get started.

‘We are getting really nice kit in to brew a good range of beers.

‘The types of mash we can make will be really exciting.

‘And the brewery scene across Portsmouth seems really supportive.’

More than £1m is being invested into the project, with Gosport businessman Mike McGeever acting as chairman.

Mike has invested more than £1.2m into Bakers Bar and Kitchen at Royal Clarence Marina.

Powder Monkey Brewing Co will also feature a tap house and kitchen nearby in another waterside building within Priddy’s Hard.

More information will be found at powdermonkeybrewing.com.

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