Craft brewer pressing on with plans for new bar

Craft brewer pressing on with plans for new bar

A craft brewery owner has revealed plans to open a new bar in Belfast this autumn, creating six new jobs in the process.

Bullhouse Brewery’s Willy Mayne hopes to open Pioneer on the Newtownards Road this autumn, creating around six new jobs.

His latest project will include a beer garden and overlook CS Lewis Square.

The move follows the opening of Bullhouse’s brewery on the Boucher Road last year and the opening of a taproom at the new brewery site.

Speaking about the switch to that site, Mr Mayne said: “The decision was sped up when we ordered another four brewing tanks from China which will allow us to treble our annual capacity (to a max of 1,500 hectolitres or about 265,000 pints).”

‘Draught lines’

Now the entrepreneur is pushing on with plans to turn a former menswear store on the Newtownards Road into its new brewhouse.

“We hit numerous brick walls… but a multitude of factors meant we made a business decision to move production to a dedicated production facility,” he said.

“We had secured change of use to operate the brewery from that unit, and we really wanted to be involved in the great work Eastside Partnership are doing in the area.

“If we are successful, we will open a craft beer bar with 12 or more draught lines serving a wide range of local beer, as well as natural wine and some local spirits. The plan will be to be involved in the local community as much as possible.”

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