CRAFT beer-loving couples could soon be able to celebrate at a family-owned brewery in the Vale after tying the knot.

The Loch Lomond Brewery has applied to West Dunbartonshire’s licensing board for an ‘occasional premises licence’ for its facility in Alexandria which would allow the company to host wedding receptions and other events.

If the application is approved it will allow the firm, owned by Luss couple Fiona and Euan MacEachern, to sell alcohol for consumption both on and off the premises at the Vale of Leven Industrial Estate.

If granted, the new licence will also allow the premises to provide bar meals and to host conferences, parties and live music – with an attendance limit of 70 people.

The terms of the application say the brewery’s owners want the site to be able to host “receptions including weddings, funerals, birthdays, retirements etc”, as well as “club or other group meetings”, live or recorded music, and even theatre, films, gaming and televised sport.

The brewery’s application goes before the licensing board on Tuesday, November 3.

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If the application is granted, the brewery will be able to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises between 11am and midnight, Sunday-Thursday, and 11am-1am on Friday and Saturday. Proposed off-sales hours are 10am to 10pm, seven days a week.

In a statement to the board, a spokesperson for Bonhill and Dalmonach Community Council said: “We had a discussion about this project and despite reservations about yet another alcohol outlet, we all agreed that micro-breweries do a good job and the combination with a food offering made the whole project seem like a good idea.

“It should be a welcome addition to the area. We wish them success and look forward to supporting them when they are operating.”

Police Scotland say they have no objection to the firm’s plans.

The firm, set up in 2011, launched a £350,000 crowd-funding bid three years ago to help expand the business – and smashed their target within weeks.

At the time they expressed hopes of being able to move to West Riverside in Balloch as part of the planned Lomond Banks development – though those hopes suffered a setback when the £30 million proposals were withdrawn a year later.

A microbrewery, however, still forms part of revised proposals for the West Riverside and Woodbank House sites unveiled by Lomond Banks in August this year.

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