THE new owners of a brewery have big plans – and are currently revamping their building.
Oakleaf Brewery, in Gosport, was forced into administration earlier this year and there was a chance that the brewery could have shut altogether.
It has been absolutely manic for us on social mediaMatt Curd
As reported by The News, company Just Develop It stepped in to save Oakleaf and has rebranded it Fallen Acorn.
It will continue to use the site, in Clarence Wharf Industrial Estate, Mumby Road.
Matt Curd, manager of Fallen Acorn, has taken over his dream job after formerly being a software developer for Just Develop It.
Mr Curd has confirmed that former favourites such as the award-winning Hole Hearted, as well as Expedition IPA, will be making a comeback.
Matt said: ‘Everything is going really well and we are hoping to be up and running by mid to late November.
‘We’re currently in the process of revamping the brewery and have recently put in a new floor.
‘It is a very exciting time for us and it’s definitely different from being behind a desk like I used to be.
‘We are looking to have a core range of four beers.
‘A new one that we’re planning on making is going to be called Pot Kettle.
‘It is a coffee porter and we recently met Solent Coffee Roasters who will help develop it.
‘It has been absolutely manic for us on social media. People are really looking forward to having Hole Hearted back and we’ve had coffee and restaurant owners come in to talk to us about supplying them with beer.’
Fallen Acorn has retained three of the former staff members from Oakleaf Brewery, including head brewer Ed Anderson.
‘He has been given a new lease of life,’ Matt said.
‘It’s great to have him on board and he’s happy to try new things later in the line.
Fallen Oak has also recently had an application approved by Gosport Borough Council to serve alcohol on the site.
Matt said: ‘We will be opening every day but on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays it will be later and we will be hosting special events throughout.
‘We will also be having brewing days where the public are able to come in and get their hands dirty.
‘They will be able to try different methods and be making one-gallon barrels that they can take home with them.’