Spean Bridge brew­ery plan

The Oban Times - - News -

AN AP­PLI­CA­TION has been sub­mit­ted to the High­land Coun­cil to turn a Spean Bridge steading into a brew­ery.

West High­land Brew­ery (WHB) has ap­plied to turn Tirindish Steading, Spean Bridge, into a brew­ery ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing 3,000 litres of beer and ale a week.

In a sup­port­ing state­ment to the coun­cil, WHB said it in­tends is to build a ‘thriv­ing craft ale en­ter­prise’, dis­tinct to Lochaber which uses lo­cal ex­per­tise and re­sources.

WHB will sell through lo­cal off-sales and from a small re­tail out­let on the pro­posed brew­ery site.

The pro­ject is the brain­child of di­rec­tor James Leggett, his part­ner Lucy Hicks and neigh­bour Ian Peter Mac­Don­ald.

James and Lucy own Tirindish House bed and break­fast, while Ian owns the steading and a hol­i­day cot­tage be­hind it.

Ian bought the equip­ment from a brew­ery in Glen­finnan and in­vited James and Lucy to join him on the en­ter­prise. Speak­ing to the Lochaber

Times, WHB di­rec­tor James said: ‘ Ian in­vited us to join him with the brew­ery and it sounded like an ex­cit­ing pro­ject. We will be us­ing Ian’s cow sheds, which have been dis­used for decades, and, hope­fully with plan­ning per­mis­sion, we will start pro­duc­ing later this year. We hope to em­ploy lo­cal peo­ple and open a farm shop in the fu­ture which will at­tract tourists. It’s go­ing to be fairly small-scale to be­gin with. It’s not go­ing to vis­ually im­pact the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment.’

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