Crowdfunded Wildcraft Brewery in Buxton sets a date for launch event
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A date has been set for the launch party of a crowdfunded brewery - almost a year to the day after enough money was raised to fulfil the businesses partners' dream.
Last year, Mike Deal and Mark Goodman started the campaign to convert an old barn in Buxton into a brewery, where they could make beers and spirits with ingredients foraged from the Norfolk landscape and create 'weird and wonderful flavours' through partnerships with local businesses.
Today, the barn is no longer filled with old farm machinery and years of clutter, but grains, brewing equipment and temperature controlled rooms - filled with fermenting and casked beer.
But the pair have had some battles to fight along the way.
For example, Mr Goodman's two-year-old son Jay was diagnosed with a brain tumour just after the brewery was crowdfunded which meant he has had much less involvement than he wanted.
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They said they have battled against planning permission regulations, harsh weather and interesting working conditions.
Mr Deal said: 'I was working in two to three degrees in the winter, trying my best to get beer ready, it was actually warmer in the refrigerated room than in the main brewery.'
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Nonetheless, Wildcraft can now be found on the shelves in the likes of Jarrold and Harper Wells, while The Kings Head on Magdalen Street, The Fat Cat pubs and The Harte of Costessey are some of those regularly taking casks.
'Our next step is to ensure all of the crowdfunders get their orders,' said Mr Deal.
'We owe a lot of people beer but it's been a struggle to get them out with Mark being away at Addenbrookes so much.
'Thankfully, we can now announce that another promise we made as part of the crowdfunding deal, our launch party has now been organised.'
The event will take place at the brewery, at Forager's Rest, Coltishall Road, Buxton, on June 3.
It will include live music from Norwich-based band The Dulcet Tones, lots of different ales, and a cocktail bar, showcasing many of the breweries spirits.
Tickets, for £5, can be purchased at www.wildcraftbrewery.co.uk, and each ticket include a free pint on arrival.