Canned craft beers launched ahead of new commercial brewery opening

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In a first for Lincolnshire, Docks Beers, Grimsby’s only commercial brewery, has begun the inaugural canning of three new beers in advance of its launch at the end of September.

The canned beers are a big step forward for Docks Beers. The taste and look are markedly different from the real ales produced in bottle and cask by Axholme Brewing Co, the Grimsby brewery’s parent company.

Docks Beers contain more hop varieties in each brew and are colder and carbonated.

The new brewery in Grimsby has been carefully specified to enable the company to produce craft beer in cans.

So far, three canned beers have been created:

  • Hard Graft is a 4% punchy, piney, pale session ale underpinned by barley and rye malt with bold flavours from Citra, Simcoe and Sorachi Ace hops. The can features a female welder hard at work.
  • Graveyard Shift is a 4.5% dark and rich milk stout made with chocolate malt and coconut. The design on the can shows a shift worker barking instructions into a walkie talkie in the dead of night.
  • Never Say Die is a robust 6% New World IPA with a tropical and citrus kick from Magnum, Chinook and Mosaic hops. The design features dockers hard at work in torrential rain.

Docks Beers Director Will Douglas said: “Today is a proud day for the team.

“It is the culmination of two years of hard graft.

“Our plans for brewing craft beers in cans at a new Grimsby brewery go back to 2016.

“Since then we have been getting the brewery up and running, trialling brews to make sure that the first three beers are the highest quality, and getting designs perfected for the cans.

“We’ve finally got the recipes just right and we’re as excited about the beers inside the cans as we are about the artwork on the outside.

“We believe we are the first brewery in Lincolnshire to produce cans for the craft beer market. They show that Grimsby and Lincolnshire can compete with the best of the UK’s craft breweries.”

Company founder, Director and Head Brewer Mike Richards commented: “This is just the beginning. We will be making two more canned beers before the end of 2018 and at least six more in 2019.

“Meanwhile, it’s business as usual for Axholme beers which will continue to be brewed in Crowle.”

The cans will be exclusively available from the King Edward Street brewery and taproom for a time, after which they will go on general sale at outlets including Message In A Bottle.

Work continues apace to prepare the Docks Beers taproom for opening at the end of September.

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