Plans brewing to introduce visitors to joys of beer-making in Carmarthenshire
A MICROBREWERY in Carmarthenshire wants to throw open its doors so people can see how its beer is made — and taste the results on site.
The Jacobi Brewery, based in Caio, near Pumsaint, is planning to build a visitors' centre and cafe bar, which could bring tourists to the area and create jobs.
"It is going to be very much about showing people how beer is made and showing our recipes," said Justin Jacobi, the 44-year-old who runs the brewery on his own.
"I also want to show the local history; we are on the Dolaucothi Estate, right on top of a Roman goldmine, so I want to bring that in as well."
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Mr Jacobi, who also owns the nearby Brunant Arms, aims to welcome his first customer by April next year.
He has won several council tourism grants but estimates he will have to stump up most of the £100,000 needed himself.
"The idea is that this will give me enough income to employ people so I can be released from the day-to-day things," he added.
"I would need to employ three to four people when it's up and running."
In a planning application submitted to Carmarthenshire Council last week, he said he wants to convert his adjacent threshing barn into a brewery tap and restaurant, with a small extension for a toilet block.
Half the building would be converted into kitchens and a cellar with a second floor store room. The other half would become a bar/restaurant area with a shop. An outside area would be transformed into a beer garden.
Mr Jacobi would also run tours around the site showing people the entire brewing process.
He runs the brewery full-time. While he still owns the Brunant Arms — the reason he moved from Bedfordshire in the 1990s — he stopped running the pub in 2005.
The county council will now consider his application.