An award winning family run brewery from Northampton is launching a craft beer taproom in the town centre, which will create 10 jobs.
Longtime Northampton School for Boys friends, Tom Maule of the Maule Brewing Company and England Diep of Sazerac are joining forces to open a craft beer bar, called Maule Collective, which will open its doors to punters in the late Spring.
The Derngate-based bar, which was formerly a butchers training site, is the first bar venture for Tom while England has been pouring pints for several years.
Tom said: "Maule Brewing Company, is an exciting family run Micro Brewery with over 60 years brewing experience, creating no-nonsense, batch-made craft beers in Northampton.
"We strive to create bold, yet balanced beers focusing on quality and drinkability. Whether developing new styles, re-fashioning established ones, each beer is hand-crafted with the same level of care, attention and respect.”
The beers are brewed with natural ingredients and are all vegan-friendly.
While the duo hopes that the bar will be a lively get-together spot in the evenings, during the daytime they promise a "laid-back café experience".
Tom adds: "The bar will essentially be a ’taproom’ collection of award-winning beers we create for Maule Brewing Company alongside other amazing select beers that are part of the thriving and exciting craft beer scene.
"As the name suggests, it will be a ‘collective’ bringing together the best of Northampton - the finest coffee to food pop-up collaborations.
"We believe Northampton has an array of talent and the demand for it - so we want to mix up the offerings to take advantage of seasonality and keep things fresh, and we want to bring it all together under one roof.”
The decor will remain loyal to its Victorian heritage, the bosses say, but they also have plans to apply an industrial feel to keep things up-to-date.