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New ‘cathedral of brewing’ opens in Ashford

These days, new breweries are commonly built on light industrial estates on the outskirts of town. They are production warehouses, often tucked away and difficult to get to.
In May 2019, however, a new brewery opens with a completely different approach. The Curious Brewery, a brand-new, state-of-the-art, multi-million pound ‘cathedral of brewing’ opens right in the heart of Ashford, Kent, directly opposite the railway station. As accessible as it is beautiful.
The brewery has a bar, first-class restaurant and gardens inspired by the Kent landscape to relax in. This is a brewery in the way we Brits used to do breweries: an integral part of its setting, a local employer, a focal point for its town, as well as a maker of finest quality beer.
And make no mistake, this is fine beer. Curious Brew, for those not yet acquainted is, after all, owned by Chapel Down, England’s largest winemaker. And while Curious’ MD, Gareth Bath, used to hold the same position at Brewdog and Head Brewer Matt Anderson was nabbed from AB InBev, there is a unique third member of this team – Chapel Down’s Head Winemaker Josh Donaghay-Spire.
The new brewery will take inspiration from the tourism experiences offered at the Chapel Down Winery. Curious’ Cicerone-trained team will host small group tours of the brewery facility that will tell the full field-to-throat story of their range of premium beers and ciders.
Curious guests will be taken on a journey through the production side of the brewery before sitting down for a tasting of the core range & any limited batch beers straight from the tanks, to ensure the freshest and best quality beer is enjoyed by all.
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