THE Dancing Man Brewery celebrates its third anniversary in one of Southampton’s most historic buildings.
The venue is dated back to the 14th century when live music was played with a magician hosting a banquet and brewing different beer, which once served as a wool storehouse, a prison during the Napoleonic wars and a museum.
“That was without a doubt the best one we’ve done,” says Aidan Lavin one of the owners and host of the event.
Lavin says the success of the event may lead them to being a little overwhelmed for the next one.
“About two thirds of the people that were there had been to the previous one and the third of the people that hadn’t been there before all said they were going to come again and bring their friends so I think we’re going to be inundated next time.”
“But we’re more focused on creating good atmospheres, having really good customer service, great food, great drink, just a warm atmosphere,” says Lavin.
Having established themselves in Southampton, Dancing Man Brewery plans to open another bar in the city.
“Not quite as big a grounds as this but certainly a bar so we can have a bit more live music and more a pub that’s concentrated on just beer rather than food, beer, brewing, etcetera.”
They also plan on doing more experimenting with their beer.
“There’s some sort of untravelled miles when it comes to certain styles of beer,” says Lavin. “So we’re looking into – in no hurry but in good time – we’re looking to delve into some other, more interesting things, stuff that we don’t know quite so much about, more wild beers and barrel aging and sour beers.
“An example of a more wild beer to look forward to coming from the brewery is a tropical vanilla ice-cream milkshake IPA.
“We haven’t done that before so we’ve been playing around with vanilla and playing around with mangos. This is a concept that we thought of two weeks ago and now we’re actually tasting the outcome of that and trying to mess around to get the flavours right.”
In 2015, Dancing Man Brewery took over the Wool House, converting it into a microbrewery, pub, and restaurant. It has gone on to win several awards including second place at the Southampton Beer Festival and being mentioned in the Good Food Guide 2018.
Despite their success on the business side of things, Lavin says the popularity of the pub itself is reward enough, just knowing they have made a difference in Southampton.
“That’s what we set out to do and that’s what we continue to do and as long as people keep coming in and enjoying themselves then we’ll keep doing it and that’s an accomplishment in itself I think.”
Listen below to hear more of what Lavin had to say:
by Mason Benning (@MasonBenning)