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.
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.