The Cellars Alehouse is a micropub; one of an increasing number that follow the model created by Martyn Hillier at The Butchers Arms in Herne. Since then, many have copied Martyn’s model, not just in Kent but across the country, and by the close of 2014 there were over 100 trading successfully. Since then, more and more have opened and there are now about 370 establishments across the country that consider themselves micropubs; with 55 in Kent alone.
A micropub takes beer drinking back to a time when most was consumed in an alehouse. There were no fruit machines and juke boxes then; just beer and good company. And this is exactly what you will find at The Cellars: a range of well-kept cask ales from all corners of the country, but always with a strong local representation from Kent’s microbreweries. To complement this core range there will be locally produced ciders, craft keg beers, wines including Prosecco, artisan gin, vodka and rum, soft drinks, tea and coffee.
Spirits are not always part of the micropub ethos, but we are exceptionally lucky to have The Maiden Distillery here on The Old Brewery site, just a few yards from our front door, in fact. So we will be showcasing Maiden’s range of handcrafted gins for your delight.
The Cellars Alehouse can be found at The Old Brewery, a small enterprise estate just off Rocky Hill on one side and Buckland Road on the other. It is all that remains of The Medway Brewery, once the home of Style & Winch and later part of the Courage empire. We are in the old cellars of the brewery, probably where the large wooden barrels were once stored for maturing for a perfect touch of historic resonance.
And the Team……
The Cellars is run by father and son team, Duncan and David Spencer. Duncan has had a life-long interest in brewing beer first kindled in the late 1960s helping his father produce a cheap pint of homebrew! Brewed using malt extract from an enormous and ancient tin with rather dusty hop additions, it was pretty disgusting, but it was cheap. Since then, all-grain brewing has been adopted and a rather passable pint is brewed when time allows. David is a recent and enthusiastic convert to cask ale and is delighted to have an endless supply in the cellar to broaden his experience. Both are CAMRA members and enjoy touring the county visiting other micropubs and beer festivals whenever they can.