REVEALED: Portrush Brewery is up and running

Equipment is installed at Portrush's Lacada Co-op brewery.
Equipment is installed at Portrush's Lacada Co-op brewery.

A new County Antrim brewery has begun brewing beer, the Coleraine Times can reveal.

The Lacada Brewery Co-Op, based in Portrush town centre, has been solely funded by community shares.

“Whilst we’re brewing later than planned, as we were hoping to be on sale during the tourist season, we are proud to say we’ve been able to hit the ground running,” says Laurie Davies, Chairman and Head Brewer.

“What started as the dream of a few, which many supported, has now become reality. We will make beer for local people to be proud of. For local pubs, restaurants and off licences to offer to tourists and locals alike”.

The brewery’s next step is to start employing people.

Heather Quiery, Director, told the Times: ““It’s important that we employ people all year round to maintain production and stability.

“We hope to have three part time employees in place by mid-October with more coming on board before Christmas. So keep an eye on our website”,

Laurie adds: ““We’re launching with three beers – A golden Ale, An IPA and a Porter. From research and feedback with the public and the industry we think this is a strong offering with a beer for everyone – male and female, craft beer drinker to traditionally lager or wine drinkers.”

* Full story in this week’s Coleraine Times