Published: 09:44, 10 May 2019
| Updated: 09:51, 10 May 2019
The first visitors are set to take a step inside a new £1.7 million brewery, which is opening in a town centre today.
Curious Brewery - owned by Tenterden-based winemaker Chapel Down - is set to launch in Victoria Road, Ashford today after a year-and-a-half of construction work.
Beer enthusiasts can finally sample the locally-sourced food and booze on offer, as the brewery opens almost two months after its scheduled arrival.
Made in Kent went to look inside Curious Brewery and taste some of their products, including their award winning beer
The 120-cover restaurant is opening at 5pm today, but it is already fully booked over the next two days.
To improve the atmosphere in the joint restaurant and bar, soundproofing has been carried out to keep the production noise to a minimum while still audible for the brewery experience.
Set to become the centre of Chapel Down's beer branch, the newly-made vats will be able to produce 9,000 pints a day when fully operational "in the next few months".
The facility will allow Curious Brew to experiment with new drinks, including Curious West Coast - an IPA that will be debuting at the brewery's opening.
Bosses have suggested that 12 to 15 new drinks are in the pipeline, with small batches of each being made over the next year.
The currently unused brewing equipment will have to go through a series of tests and dry runs before beer production begins.
Once operational an automated cleaning system using acid and caustic methods will be employed every day to ensure hygienic standards are maintained.
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