Goebel Liquor Wichita Kansas

RCH Brewery started in the early 1980's at the Royal Clarence Hotel. The Brewery was purchased by the Davey Family in 1984. In 1993 Graham Dunbavan was employed as a brewer and new beers were developed by him and Paul Davey. Production quickly grew from 5bl a fortnight to 15bl a week, which was the capacity of the brewhouse in the hotel. Brewing became a problem then because the brewery used all the cold water supply to the hotel in the afternoon and guests could not wash because it was all being used in the paraflow. It was decided that we had to look for other premises.

These were found at a hamlet called West Hewish near Weston Super Mare. The building had been used for making cider and previously as a transport yard. This proved to be a problem as the yard is 18 inches thick with reinforced concrete. It took three weeks to dig a trench for the new drains. Finally after about three months we were ready to brew on our new 15bl plant. This we did quite happily until 1999 when we found that we could not keep up with demand and decoded to extend the brewhouse and upgrade to a 30bl brew plant. The work was started on 20th January 2000 and is still in progress with a completion date of about 2002. Not bad for a 3 month refit!

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