A successful Crewe micro-brewery will stage its annual beer festival between Thursday 4th and Saturday 6th August in the heart of the Cheshire town.
The Offbeat Brewery, on Thomas Street near to the Cumberland Arena, will showcase its own range of craft beers, plus an exciting selection of ales, ciders and lagers from around the UK.
As the brewery’s name suggests, the beer labels produced have been unusual and quirky, with titles like Kooky Gold, Disfunctional Functional IPA, Super Lemony Creweton, Bohemian Antipodean Pale, Weird Whisky Mac and Steam Punk’d IPA.
Based near to the well-established Borough Arms pub, Offbeat is a short walk from The Crown, Kings Arms, Albert’s Corner and Hops Belgian Bar. It is a developing trail for beer aficionados.
Owner Michelle Shipman hopes to put Crewe firmly on the craft beer map, adding another venue to a growing circuit of quality pubs and bars, and giving customers a unique and truly captivating brewery environment.
Offbeat’s tag line “Great beer brewed by a chick” has always attracted attention, but providing something a little different to what already exists on the market has always been the main objective.
Michelle said: “Customers will get an authentic experience when they visit Offbeat. After all, it is a working brewery. They can sit next to beer-making equipment while they try one of our specialities, choose one of several guest ales, or maybe enjoy a glass of wine from a tempting list put together by Rodney Densem Wines in Nantwich.
“We even offer a range of a dozen craft gins!”
In addition to its regular “Firsty Friday” events at the start of each month, Offbeat now opens every week on Thursday and Friday evenings.
Michelle added: “The Offbeat bar isn’t competition to the existing venues. I hope it adds something extra to what is already an exciting range of pubs and bars near to the Crewe town centre.
“We love being distinctive, so I am always looking for that unusual twist. We are not a restaurant, but we serve some delicious beer blotter snacks, such as cheese and meat boards, also fondues which are perfect for sharing. It makes an evening at Offbeat a very social experience.
“The craft beer scene is booming in the United Kingdom, and customers seem to love what the smaller brewers can produce. That’s what Offbeat is all about.”
The local economy can also expect a boost. The “Firsty Friday” events and the annual beer festival attract a diverse range of customers, with around 30% travelling into Crewe from other towns to enjoy the brewery experience.
“We have customers that come by train and bus, from Sandbach, Holmes Chapel, Shrewsbury and Stoke each month. With more of the brewing kit now on display, I hope that we can keep attracting people from outside the area. That will hopefully benefit many other businesses in Crewe,” said Michelle.
At this year’s festival there will be live music during the Friday and Saturday sessions. Local caterer Bistro Box Bites will also be on site with an exciting range of Chilli, sausage, chicken and vegetarian meals.
The Offbeat Beer Festival starts on Thursday 4th August at 5pm, and entrance is free.
For full details about the Crewe beer festival visit http://www.offbeatbrewery.wordpress.com/
Press release issued 31 July 2016