Posted on Thursday 28 March 2019 by John Mulgrew

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East Belfast looks set to get a new craft micro-brewery amid fresh plans, it can be revealed.

It’s understood Bullhouse Brewing Company, currently based in Newtownards, wants to turn a former menswear store on the Newtowards Road into its new brewhouse.

The planning application has been made by Landmark East – a company owned by the East Belfast Partnership.

It’s been submitted to Belfast City Council for a change of use from retail, to a micro-brewery.

Plans show the building, which is around 3,000 sq ft, would include a brewing area, storage and a ‘gallery/display’ section towards the front of the building.

It’s understood the expansion of Bullhouse would see the east Belfast site becoming its new home.

The application includes a change of use from “retail unit (class A1) to micro-brewery (class B3) with gallery/display space and provision of new external doors, roller shutter in yard wall and forming ramp in yard”.

The building at 442-446 Newtownards Road had been placed on the market by property firm OKT.

It sits close to a range of shopping areas, including Connswater Shopping Centre and Retail Park, whose occupants include Argos, B&M Bargains, Lidl and McDonald’s.

Bullhouse Brewing began when owner William Mayne got into beer during a trip to the US in 2011. Following that, he began home-brewing, before setting up Bullhouse in 2016.

It produces a range of beers, including a core range of a pale ale and IPA, but has also produced brews such as an imperial milk stout, and a double IPA, called Big Axe.

It began in a former bull pen on a family farm near Newtownards, and in September 2017, Mr Mayne gave up his day job to concentrate on the brewery full–time, celebrating the occasion by brewing a pale ale called P45.

The move to east Belfast would expand the area’s craft beer credentials. Not far from the proposed Bullhouse site is Boundary Brewing, located at Portview Trade Centre.

The co-operative brewery, founded by Belfast man Matthew Dick, sells a core range of beers, and a wide-range one of one offs, such as barrel-aged stouts, sour beers and double IPAs, and also hosts a regular taproom at the brewery.

Mr Dick sets the brewery up after raising more than a £100,000 in just a few days through crowd-funding.

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