Craft beer is coming to Stony Stratford with Milton Keynes’ second micro pub and bottle shop, Beer Bear, opening its doors on the High Street next Saturday (April 15).
Brought to you by the founder of The Biergarten in Wolverton, Beer Bear will attract beer lovers from Milton Keynes and beyond with craft beer and local ale by the bottle and the pint.
The launch follows the fantastic successes of The Biergarten in Wolverton Park and local micro pubs such as the Woburn Ale House and The Bald Buzzard in Leighton Buzzard.
Beer Bear looks set to bring even greater choice to the beer community by offering five taps and more than 100 craft beers and real ales to drink in and take away from London, Bristol, Yorkshire and the local area.
In addition, customers will find a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, and excellent customer service.
Visitors are encouraged to read books, play board games or enjoy a good chat with friends.
Franzi Florack, owner of Beer Bear and The Biergarten, said: “We had such a warm reception in Milton Keynes when we opened The Biergarten and have been doing brilliantly in our first year.
"We feel that the time is right to introduce our fellow beer community to an even bigger selection of excellent beer and to increase the local brewers’ visibility, too. Beer Bear will offer The Biergarten’s brilliant community spirit in a historical building and with even greater variety.”
Part of the funding for the project is being raised through crowdfunder.com, a website which allows local people to invest in the new business in return for rewards. Beer Bear initially set a target of £3,000, but succeeded in raising more than £4,000 in the first 10 days.
The team are now hoping for an overall investment of £6,000. The campaign will run until April 15 and locals are encouraged to pledge their support in return for private beer tastings, branded glasses, private tankards in the shop and even a personalised beer brewing afternoon, courtesy of Hornes Brewery in Bow Brickhill.
Beer Bear will be located in No 86, one of the Victorian shop units on Stony Stratford High Street and the team have been working tirelessly to make the opening date a reality.
Antique floors, tiles and stones have been uncovered to restore as much of the building’s original character as possible.
Franzi added: “We are immensely looking forward to the opening of the new shop. Stony Stratford is a wonderful location and we are very lucky to be the tenants of a building full of history and character.
"It’s been a real journey of discovery to try to get back to the roots of the Victorian interior.”