Dundee brewing company set to open taproom to public for tasting sessions


24th November 2017

The firm behind 71 Brewing has been given planning permission by Dundee City Licensing Board for a provisional on and off-sales licence for its premises at The Ironworks in Bellfield Street.

Agent for the company, Janet Hood, said the plan was to obtain a licence to allow the tap room in the brewery to be used for tastings and product launches.

Ms Hood said: “This is a very exciting development for 71 Brewing and for Dundee.

“It will allow the public, as well as the trade, to go to the brewery for tasting sessions and other functions and launches.

“These guys are producing excellent craft beer which is a positive thing here in Dundee. Everyone involved in the project is very excited about what’s happening.”

In the application, the company owners said they intended that live music and film may be used in conjunction with and to illustrate their activities.

Duncan Alexander and Mark Griffiths are the two men behind 71 Brewing.

They first revealed their plans for the £650,000 brewery in the former furniture warehouse in February 2016.

The 7,200sq ft of the building can accommodate the brewing of 2,400 litres of beer.

Mr Alexander previously told the Tele he wanted the brewery to be part of the ongoing regeneration of Dundee.

He said: “Dundee is undergoing a period of significant regeneration and investment. We want to place ourselves firmly in the centre of this and add to the flourishing reputation of Dundee as a fantastic place for the arts and culture, business and innovation.

“We want 71 Brewing to become synonymous with this new and growing confidence and weave ourselves into the fabric of the city.”

The application was accepted by members of the licensing board at a meeting in the city today.

At the same meeting, St Andrews Brewing Company was given consent for a provisional on and off-sales licence to open a pub and restaurant in two units on Shore Terrace, to the rear of the Caird Hall.

A spokesman for St Andrews Brewing Company said the new venue would offer locally-sourced produce on its menu.

He previously told the Tele: “We are looking at a restaurant/bar operation under the Caird Hall, where we plan to showcase the best of Scottish produce.”

The company already has a brewpub in South Street, St Andrews.

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