A REAL ale lover from Barnsley, who lost his job due to government cuts, has seized the chance to realise his dream of starting his own small brewery.
James Taylor, aged 54, was a performance specialist with axed watchdog The Audit Commission.
Now he has used his redundancy pay and life savings to launch Two Roses Brewery at Darton Business Park.
The first batch of cask and bottled beer will leave the brewery in mid April and will include a Roy-ale Wedding brew to mark the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29.
James, who lives at Staincross Common, plans to include a stout, a fruity golden beer and a traditional bitter in his core range and already has orders from Sheffield’s University Arms pub and local beer festivals.
He also plans to sell his beers through farm shops and restaurants. In addition to the Barnsley Beer Festival at Elsecar, he will be supplying beer to the Campaign for Real Ale’s annual general meeting in Sheffield and he plans to start tours and tasting sessions at his brewery in May.
James said: “I’ve been passionate about real ale for 30 years and a member of CAMRA. For the last ten years, I’ve brewed on a small-scale at home. I see the process as a mixture of science and art.
“Like many people, I’ve always wanted my own brewery so, after being made redundant, I decided, with the backing of my family, to go for it.
“I came up with the name Two Roses because I grew up in Oldham in Lancashire but I’m very happy to be launching my business in Barnsley, where I’ve lived since 1995.
“As well as the water here being great, I’ve also had lots of encouragement and support from local people. My plans seem to really resonate.”
James received financial and marketing advice from the Enterprising Barnsley programme, which offers business support to Barnsley businesses with growth potential.
“It’s quite a challenge starting a business and the coaching I’ve had through Enterprising Barnsley, especially around the development of my website, has been extremely useful,” James added.
For more information about Two Roses Brewery, visit: www.tworosesbrewery.co.uk.