A new brewery could be set up beneath Oxford’s main post office if a scheme to sell shares to the public proves successful.
Brewer Steve Chroscicki is planning to move from Norfolk to premises beneath the post office in in St Aldates, as part of his plans for the Old Fellow Craft Brewery.
He has said that beer could be in production early next year if he can raise £185,000 from supporters.
The 54-year-old said: “We came on a weekend break here and were surprised at how cosmopolitan and busy it was. It seemed a good place to open a brewery.”
Oxford used to have some big breweries but it doesn’t have them any more so it seemed like a good idea to bring one back.
“We want to offer the chance for anyone to get involved, so we will be selling a 40 per cent stake in the brewery by offering shares through a crowd-funding forum on our website.”
Mr Chroscicki, an engineer by training, previously set up the Front Street Brewery in Norfolk and has been a beer producer for 13 years.
He is currently in discussions with Merton College over leasing premises.
If the funding is gathered — which he hopes to do by the end of September — the brewery could open later this year or early in 2015.
The crowd-funding initiative will begin today.
To contribute, visit the website at oldfellowsbrewery.co.uk
Our top stories:
UPDATE: Mayfair Road man appears in court on Barton murder charge as alleged victim is named as Wojciech Ryniak
11:04am Saturday 25th April 2015
A MAN has today appeared in court charged with murder after a man was found with chest injuries in Barton late on Tuesday night.
9:04am Saturday 25th April 2015
ONE man’s mission to get 200 more public defibrillators across Oxfordshire has smashed its target thanks to the Oxford Mail.
1:56pm Saturday 25th April 2015
A MAN has today appeared in court charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of a stun gun after an incident in Mayfair Road on Tuesday evening.
12:00pm Saturday 25th April 2015
WILD boar have been spotted in parts of Oxfordshire.
8:57am Saturday 25th April 2015
A CONSERVATION group has said historically important sections of The Randolph Hotel were left largely unscathed by last week’s major fire.
8:53am Saturday 25th April 2015
CYBER crime in Oxford is becoming so prevalent it is replacing traditional thefts, a police chief has said.