Last year the West End Brewery opened Leicester's first brewpub on Braunstone Gate and now beer lovers are welcoming the arrival of Leicester city centre's first craft brewery.
Framework Brewery poured their first pint, a hoppy American pale ale, on December 6. Since then an evolving stable of 'hop-forward' beers has followed; there's been Simcoe Stout, Centennial Rye and American Amber among others.
Two of Framework Brewery's five directors, Johnathan Briggs and Matt Mabe live in Western Park and help organise the Western Park Beer Festival. They say feedback from pubs and customers has been 'very, very encouraging'.
The brewery, in Friday Street, takes its name from the city and county's renowned textile trade - a deferential nod to the framework knitters. The theme continues with each brew being anointed a unique pattern number.
City pubs The Criterion, Broood@ Vin Quatre, West End Brewery, Blue Boar, Swan and Rushes, The Exchange, The Charlotte and The Real Ale Classroom are stocking their brews.
For the brewery's strategy director, Jim Willis, setting up Framework was an exercise in civic pride rather than a conscious business decision.'Apart from the obvious love of beer, Framework was born because a city the size of Leicester doesn't have a brewery in the city centre,' he says. 'It's such an exciting time for Leicester, there are so many new people, businesses, and tourists coming to the city, and we thought that somebody needed to fill that beer gap and so we did.'
Framework's brews are also vegan and vegetarian friendly as they don?t use finings, made from fish guts, to remove cloudiness or 'haze', explains director Mat Mabe.'We couldn't see the sense in excluding a significant portion of our potential market,' says Mat. 'We want our beers to be enjoyed by everyone and so, instead, we embrace the haze.'
Framework's handcrafted beers will be on sale at the Western Park Pop Up Pub, in aid of Loros, taking place at The Hall at St Anne's on Friday, March 17 from 5pm to midnight. (Over 18?s)