Business: ‘Something brewing at Ebrington’

James Huey and Louise Whearity from the Walled City Brewery pictured with Ilex's Business Manager Niall McGurk. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com
James Huey and Louise Whearity from the Walled City Brewery pictured with Ilex's Business Manager Niall McGurk. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com

Ilex, the urban regeneration company for Derry today announced that a craft brewery will locate in Building 70 at Ebrington Square. The Walled City Brewery will create premium quality new world beer which will be brewed and sold on site under the tutelage of local man James Huey, who has 12 years experience in premium breweries in Ireland. The business will support 10 jobs.

Ilex’s Business Manager, Niall McGurk said: “The Walled City Brewery is a welcome addition to Ebrington and fits perfectly with the Development Framework which seeks to attract new business and employment opportunities as a driver for creative and economic growth. It will also be a new tourist attraction for the city and will ultimately support six full-time and four part time jobs. Interestingly, early Victorian maps show a brewery adjacent to Ebrington located at the bottom of Browning Drive. Visitors to the brewery will get a guided tour, see the brewing process at first hand, andhave the opportunity to taste and purchase the products on site”.

Manager of the brewery, James Huey said: “The Walled City Brewery is perfectly aligned with Ilex’s plan of developing Ebrington into a world class cultural and innovation hub. The brewery will craft premium quality, flavoursome, innovative beers, and build on the thrilling craft beer revolution that is currently sweeping the UK and Ireland”.

The Walled City Brewery is scheduled to open by February 2015 (subject to licence and planning permission).