Bute brewery licence is approved

Aidan Canavan inside Bute Brew Co's premises in Rothesay.
Aidan Canavan inside Bute Brew Co's premises in Rothesay.

Plans to set up a brewery on Bute have received a boost after a licence for the new business’s premises in Rothesay was approved.

Members of the Argyll and Bute licensing board gave the green light this week to the application by Aidan Canavan of Bute Brew Co for the former Bute Island Foods building in Columshill Street.

The licence to sell beer for consumption on and off the premises was granted subject to the condition that no alcoholic beverages are sold on the premises after 10pm, that the beer garden next to the brewery closes no later than 9pm, and that no more than three live music performances are held on the premises each year.

Six letters of objection, containing a total of 16 signatures, and two letters of support were submitted to the licencing board prior to determination of Mr Canavan’s application.

Mr Canavan told The Buteman he had been advised to draw up a noise policy with the council’s local environmental health officer, and that he expected a visit from the authority’s building control officials in the coming week to approve building warrants for internal alterations on the premises.

He also said he did not intend to make full use of the 9pm limit, and that in view of the brewery’s presence in a residential area of the town he hoped to restrict himself to a limit of 8pm.

He also said the premises would only be open as late as permitted by the licence on a few occasions a year.

The brewery’s first beers are already in production and are expected to be launched next month.