HELP! Get Brewdog's licence approved by Southampton council

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ant posted this 26 August 2015 - Last edited 26 August 2015

I don't know how much you lot know about Brewdog, but basically they make kickass beers that knock the spots off your more generic brews. They've played a massive part in the rise of craft beer in the UK - and whether you're into that scene or not, it's been a huge help to breweries nationwide. Almost 200 new ones have started up in the last year or so, meaning the industry's not been in such rude health since the 30s - 40s. Not bad, considering we're supposedly still in Recessionageddon.

Anyway... Brewdog's bars are ace. Chilled, relaxed places to sup a premium brew and maybe play some board games or grab a decent bite to eat. They've been trying to secure a site in Southampton for some time and it appears they've finally found one - where Coco Rio is currently located, just off Bedford Place.

The kicker is that they need for the licence to be extended from a class A3 (restaurant) to a class A4 (bar). It means little difference in reality, but it seems some residents are worried about binge drinking and disturbances. This does not match my experience of Brewdog or any of its patrons that I've ever met.

There's a huge lack of craft beer establishments in Southampton. Compared to Brighton, Bournemouth and even bloody Portsmouth, we're sorely lacking. There's The Butcher's Hook but it's out in Bitterne. Oh and The Dancing Man, though that's right down by Town Quay, and their guest beers are standard real ale fare.

It'd be a real boon for Upper Banister Road (which is seriously in need of regeneration) and hopefully lend a bit of class to an area dominated by 'cheap and cheerful' bars.

 

Here's the LINK to the planning permission.

 

By my reckoning it takes about 3 minutes to register and lend support (you need to be a resident of Southampton I think). You don't even need to write anything - you can simply select 'support' and leave the comments field empty.

Please do!

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Fatso posted this 26 August 2015

before I sign anything can you please explain your relationship/association with this company.

Goatboy posted this 26 August 2015 - Last edited 26 August 2015

 Hi ant, i have registered but can't see how to support?

Edit: ignore me. I'm an idiot.

Done.

ant posted this 26 August 2015 - Last edited 26 August 2015

Originally posted by Fatso

before I sign anything can you please explain your relationship/association with this company.

I've drunk at many of their bars (Camden, Shepherds Bush, Clapham Junction, Leicester and Manchester - often look out for them on away days) and have been a fan of the brand for about five years.

My full comment is on the planning website under my name - surname 'James'.

Fatso posted this 26 August 2015

Are you now, or have you ever been, an employee of this company?

ant posted this 26 August 2015 - Last edited 26 August 2015

Originally posted by Fatso

Are you now, or have you ever been, an employee of this company?

 Nope, and I don't know anybody that is (or has) either.

I'm simply fed up of having to travel to another city in order to get decent craft beer. It's embarassing that even Portsmouth has better options than we do. 

Fatso posted this 26 August 2015

I am very interested in signing your petition. However, before I proceed can you please provide evidence that you have not been an employee of the company in they last 3 years. Wages slips or bank statements showing an income paid in monthly from another employer should be sufficient. You can either post them up here or I can provide an email address via PM.

TheCholulaKid posted this 26 August 2015

I paid £4.95 for a pint of 'craft beer' in Brighton a couple of weeks ago. Hipster cunts.

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ant posted this 26 August 2015

Originally posted by Fatso

I am very interested in signing your petition. However, before I proceed can you please provide evidence that you have not been an employee of the company in they last 3 years. Wages slips or bank statements showing an income paid in monthly from another employer should be sufficient. You can either post them up here or I can provide an email address via PM.

 Ah.

ant posted this 26 August 2015 - Last edited 26 August 2015

Originally posted by TheCholulaKid

I paid £4.95 for a pint of 'craft beer' in Brighton a couple of weeks ago. Hipster cunts.

Depends whether it's the 'craft beer' that the likes of Wetherspoons sell or the good stuff. I'd rather pay a fiver for a quality imperial stout/porter over £4 for a pint of pissy lager.

TheCholulaKid posted this 26 August 2015

It was good stuff. (Camden Town Brewery)

Doesn't really matter which way you cut it charging a fiver for a pint is rude.

BTripz posted this 26 August 2015

Originally posted by ant

Originally posted by TheCholulaKid

I paid £4.95 for a pint of 'craft beer' in Brighton a couple of weeks ago. Hipster cunts.

Depends whether it's the 'craft beer' that the likes of Wetherspoons sell or the good stuff. I'd rather pay a fiver for a quality imperial stout/porter over £4 for a pint of pissy lager.

£4 for a pint of pissy lager, fuck me where do you drink?

My local sells Ringwood Best for £3.40, Carling is the same price I think (never drink the stuff).

ant posted this 26 August 2015 - Last edited 26 August 2015

Originally posted by BTripz

Originally posted by ant

Originally posted by TheCholulaKid

I paid £4.95 for a pint of 'craft beer' in Brighton a couple of weeks ago. Hipster cunts.

Depends whether it's the 'craft beer' that the likes of Wetherspoons sell or the good stuff. I'd rather pay a fiver for a quality imperial stout/porter over £4 for a pint of pissy lager.

£4 for a pint of pissy lager, fuck me where do you drink?

My local sells Ringwood Best for £3.40, Carling is the same price I think (never drink the stuff).

Well, when I don't get to choose it tends to be with people from work or similar. Since we're between Bedford Place/London Road, lager does cost that in most of the pubs/bars around here. Does my head in when I know what that gets you elsewhere.

Goatboy posted this 26 August 2015

Old Golden Hen, £1.25 per pint at Asda.

Ohio Saint posted this 26 August 2015 - Last edited 26 August 2015

I'd pay a fiver for beer poured from roadkill.

 

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JBoy posted this 26 August 2015

Originally posted by ant

I don't know how much you lot know about Brewdog, but basically they make kickass beers that knock the spots off your more generic brews. They've played a massive part in the rise of craft beer in the UK - and whether you're into that scene or not, it's been a huge help to breweries nationwide. Almost 200 new ones have started up in the last year or so, meaning the industry's not been in such rude health since the 30s - 40s. Not bad, considering we're supposedly still in Recessionageddon.

Anyway... Brewdog's bars are ace. Chilled, relaxed places to sup a premium brew and maybe play some board games or grab a decent bite to eat. They've been trying to secure a site in Southampton for some time and it appears they've finally found one - where Coco Rio is currently located, just off Bedford Place.

The kicker is that they need for the licence to be extended from a class A3 (restaurant) to a class A4 (bar). It means little difference in reality, but it seems some residents are worried about binge drinking and disturbances. This does not match my experience of Brewdog or any of its patrons that I've ever met.

There's a huge lack of craft beer establishments in Southampton. Compared to Brighton, Bournemouth and even bloody Portsmouth, we're sorely lacking. There's The Butcher's Hook but it's out in Bitterne. Oh and The Dancing Man, though that's right down by Town Quay, and their guest beers are standard real ale fare.

It'd be a real boon for Upper Banister Road (which is seriously in need of regeneration) and hopefully lend a bit of class to an area dominated by 'cheap and cheerful' bars.

 

Here's the LINK to the planning permission.

 

By my reckoning it takes about 3 minutes to register and lend support (you need to be a resident of Southampton I think). You don't even need to write anything - you can simply select 'support' and leave the comments field empty.

Please do!

 The use of the word "boon" by the OP, whom I'm assuming is under the age of 90, negates the chance of any support from me. 

Ex-Trader posted this 27 August 2015

Originally posted by Goatboy

Old Golden Hen, £1.25 per pint at Asda.

 My own 5.5% best bitter, 25p per pint at my place.

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Goatboy posted this 27 August 2015

Originally posted by Ex-Trader

Originally posted by Goatboy

Old Golden Hen, £1.25 per pint at Asda.

 My own 5.5% best bitter, 25p per pint at my place.

 Do you do create your own pizzas and cheap school clothes too?

Ex-Trader posted this 27 August 2015

Don't like pizza much, and I left school some time ago.

Don't knock decent beer till you've tried it - we're not talking kits and Tate & Lyle granulated here.

pap posted this 27 August 2015

Originally posted by JBoy

 The use of the word "boon" by the OP, whom I'm assuming is under the age of 90, negates the chance of any support from me. 

Hi ho silver.

 

 

Intiniki posted this 27 August 2015

Having lived in Bedford place I get why some residents are worried re more bars. But having been to Brewdog in London they shouldn't be too worried. It is some of the other awful bars nearby that caused the issues when I lived there. But boy was it great for a night out. 

 

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