New Mills brewers tap into beer market with start-up businesses

The Torrside team of, Nick Wright, Chris Clough and Peter Sidwell.
The Torrside team of, Nick Wright, Chris Clough and Peter Sidwell.
  • Beer-loving businessmen launch new start-up businesses in New Mills
  • Rock Mill Brewery and Torrside Brewing will be selling locally-made beer
  • Torrside will bid to produce one brew a week of 1,600 litres
  • A minimum production of 152 pints a week is the aim of Rock Mill Brewery

Two new micro-breweries are soon to be selling locally-made beer from the centre of New Mills.

Rock Mill Brewery and Torrside Brewing are two small, independent start-ups from beer-loving blokes who fancy a go at brewing professionally.

Ray Barton, of Rock Mill Brewery.

Ray Barton, of Rock Mill Brewery.

Upcoming traditional set-up Torrside Brewing, in the centre of New Mills, is hoping to open soon as director Chris Clough, 36, is currently awaiting planning permission to put together equipment.

Alongside partners Peter Sidwell and Nick Wright, the Japanese translator from New Mills has been brewing at home for three years and hopes he can produce enough to change careers.

He said: “We’ve had plans bubbling away for a while.

“We’ve had problems finding a property but a building which meets our needs has become available.”

We’ll be working on recipes soon, and we’re hoping to do a full range - some classic beer for the local market all the way to the more quirky and adventurous craft beers.

Chris Clough, Director of Torrside Brewery

Torrside’s ten-barrel brewery will produce one brew a week of 1,600 litres.

“We’re going to start with a couple of brews a month and go from there,” added Chris.

“Each batch takes a day to brew, a week to ferment and a week or two to condition.”

“We’ll be working on recipes soon, and we’re hoping to do a full range - some classic beer for the local market all the way to the more quirky and adventurous craft beers.

“It’s also great to be breathing new life into an old building again,” he added.

Craftsman Ray Barton, 56, of Rock Mill Brewery said he has had a passion for brewing since his school days and is now delighted to be able to pursue his passion further.

The grandfather added: “I was 14 and we didn’t have work experience in those days, but the school sent me to do some painting at a lady’s house and in her shed I found these demijohns bubbling away.

“She was making wine, and of course she let us taste some so we went back to school stinking of wine and got into some trouble. After that I got involved in the local brewing circle. My science teacher found it particularly interesting so he gave me a lot of encouragement.”

Now Ray, who is a cabinet maker by day, will be able to brew up a batch a week of 152 pints, but can ramp up production to 575 a week to meet demand.

He added: “The whole process is in motion, the brew plant is being manufactured as we speak and the premises are pending, so it’s going to be a couple of months before we can get it up and running.”