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Black Horse pub in Barnet is following trend of opening its own brewery
Ray O'Beirne, of the Black Horse pub on Wood Street, opened the on-site brewery in April and now produces two unique ales for the pub
The landlord behind Barnet's only microbrewery is confident that the upcoming trend for bespoke ales will help smaller pubs compete against the bigger chains.
Ray O'Beirne, of the Black Horse pub on Wood Street, opened the on-site brewery in April and now produces two unique ales for the pub to sell per week.
The 43-year-old said: "People are fed up with the usual gassy lagers and are starting to prefer the home-brewed beers we offer. They have been keeping up with the sales of the big brands."
A personal touch lies at the heart of the brewery, which Mr O'Beirne believes has pulled in the punters.
He added: "It is like cooking. You can choose your ingredients and make beer how you like it. If I have an idea then our Italian brewer Edoardo Raimondi will make it happen."
The publican took over the business in November last year and has ploughed more than £600,000 into its renovation and the new brewery, and one day hopes to sell nothing but his own drinks in the Black Horse.
He said: "Before I came to the pub I used to walk by and think it was really run-down. There was always a lot of potential to expand."
The landlord has also noticed an increase in the number of woman beginning to drink ales, with many opting to taste his lighter beers.
The on-site brewing trend has spread throughout London, with more than 180 pubs now housing their own breweries.
Brian Willis, from the Campaign for Real Ale, said: "I am pleased that a brewery has come to Barnet and is offering different styles and tastes. I have sampled some of the Black Horse produce and can say it is very good."
"This is a growing fashion in pubs around the capital and I hope it continues to be successful."
The Black Horse pub and brewery are owned by pub company Oak Taverns, who own another two pubs in Farringdon and Oxfordshire.
Mr O'Breirne hopes that his summer success will continue through the winter months as they plan to celebrate the pub's first birthday in November.
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