A bar and brewery offering craft beers brewed on site and from around the world has opened in Hull’s resurgent waterfront. Taphouse Brewpub combines a working brewery with a high-quality bar offering almost 40 draught craft beers, lagers and ciders, as well as an extensive range of bottled and canned beers, quality wines and artisan spirits.
The venue is East Yorkshire’s largest brewpub and offers discerning drinkers a stylish space to enjoy craft brews as well as regular entertainment including live music, comedy nights and regular tasting sessions.
The in-house brewery is shared by Yorkshire Brewing Company, which has been hand-crafting quality beers in Hull for more than six years, and Bone Machine Brew Co, which sends its brews out across the UK and into Europe.
The brewers will produce traditional and contemporary beers including pale ales, bitters, lagers, IPAs (Indian pale ales), brown ales, mild ales, porters, stouts and other specialities.
Further beers will be aged over a period of time in oak casks for greater maturity. Some of these will be blended with other beers, or enhanced with spirits and other ingredients, to provide an interesting combination of flavours. Others will be matured in a “Lambic” style – with various natural wild yeasts added – to produce a range of speciality “sour” beers.
An extensive range of spirits include almost 20 whiskeys and bourbons and more than 20 rums, alongside a good selection of cocktails, wines and champagnes. Gluten-free and alcohol-free options are also available and refreshing beer cocktails will launch in time for summer.
Guest brewers from the UK and across Europe will also be invited to craft collaboration beers throughout the year, bringing together expertise, ingredients and new concepts.
Charcuterie platters will complement the craft brews, while an ever-changing mix of street food operators will bring their own unique tastes to the venue’s kitchens at weekends.
Taphouse Brewpub is owned by Yorkshire Brewing Company’s Guy Falkingham and local licensee Lee Kirman. The new venue is the latest to open as part of the transformation of the Fruit Market area – the former home of Hull’s wholesale fruit and vegetable trade – into a thriving urban village.
The £80m regeneration of the Fruit Market is being driven forward by Wykeland Beal, a joint venture company formed by commercial developer Wykeland Group and housebuilder Beal Homes, working in partnership with Hull City Council.
Mr Falkingham said: “We’re so excited to have brought our brewpub concept to the Fruit Market.
“We believe our customers will love the look, feel and atmosphere and really enjoy having a sociable drink or two in the bar while our brewers work in the same building.
“A selection of the beers and lagers we will have on the bar will be brewed on the premises, while others will be sourced from across the UK and all around the world – so it couldn’t be a more authentic experience for fans of real ale and craft beer.
“One of the unusual features of this venue is that it includes a fully functioning brewery, which will operate 24/7, all year round. We’ll have the capacity to brew more than 15,000 pints a week and store over 30,000 pints in our holding tanks at any one time, so we will always have plenty of beers on tap.”
Mr Kirman co-owns the successful Minerva pub and Humber Street Distillery Co. gin bar in the Fruit Market with his partner Charlotte Bailey. He said: “We love the Fruit Market and we believe our other businesses have played a big part in its revival.
“This new venue will give the area another big boost. It will support the restaurants and cafés around us and generate increased footfall for all the other independent, creative businesses that make this such a fantastic place.
“We believe Taphouse Brewpub will become a destination venue, adding to the ever-growing reputation of the Fruit Market and Hull as a great place to visit and enjoy.”
The bar and brewery has a stripped-back look with original features on display. Comfy leather-backed booths and high tables occupy the front of the 4,000 sq ft space with the brewing tanks on display at the rear of the building.
Taphouse Brewpub has become the new home for Finnish brothers Marko and Kimi Karjalainen who launched Bone Machine Brew Co in Pocklington, East Yorkshire, two years ago and now distribute their distinctive brews across the UK and to outlets in Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands.
Mr Falkingham added: “We’ve teamed up with Bone Machine because we have a shared passion for artisan brewing. Together we can offer a great range of brews for our in-house customers and growing number of wholesale and retail outlets, as well as creating a fantastic brewery.
“We want to maximise the appeal of having a working brewery and bar under the same roof. We’ll be offering brewery tours on a regular basis so people can learn about the brewing process and taste a few samples and there’ll be the opportunity for people to brew their own beer.
“We’re also launching the Taphouse Beer Club, offering subscribers monthly delivery of a changing selection of hand-picked beers.”
The Taphouse Brewpub is open seven days a week, 11am-11pm. For more information go to www.taphousehull.co.uk or follow the venue on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @TaphouseHull.