Business Action | June / July 2019


June / July 2019 issue of the independent North Devon-based business magazine covering news about business and enterprise in Barnstaple, Bideford, Braunton, Chulmleigh, Combe Martin, Holsworthy, Ilfracombe, Lynmouth, Lynton, South Molton, Torrington, Woolacombe and more.

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Cheers! Brewery celebrates

orders from across the UK

It’s often said that what’s

most important when starting

a business is to choose

something you enjoy doing.

It’s no surprise then that the

founders of GT Ales, Gary

Jarvis and Toby Marsh, share a

passion for beer.

The two lifelong friends

started the business six years

ago, brewing 100 bottles

a week in Gary’s garage.

Following the instant demand

for their beer, the business

moved to its current premises

in an ex-aircraft hangar on the

old Chivenor airbase where

they now brew 3,200 bottles

every week.

When asked what it is

that customers like about GT

Ales, Gary replies: “We use

the world’s finest ingredients

to produce unique products

which are truly hand crafted.

“We use local producers

wherever possible, including

local printers for labels and

a local brewshop for certain

materials. The malts we use

are all grown in the UK, and

we use hops grown in the UK

as well as from all over the

world, including New Zealand,

USA and Europe.

Cheers! (from left) Gary Jarvis and Toby Marsh of GT Ales

“We have now been established

for six years and last

year were awarded CAMRA

‘Brewery of the Year’ for North

Devon out of 18 breweries

from across the region.

“We are continuing to grow,

and are still run entirely by

myself and Toby, hence the

name. The brand is becoming

more and more recognisable

and demand is now being

received from businesses

further afield, and so GT Ales

will be seen in various parts

of the country, with a proud

offering from a North Devon


“We currently supply

around 50 pubs, local shops,

restaurants and holiday parks

in North Devon, as well as

several locations in Exeter. We

feature in various beer festivals

nationwide and have just taken

our first order from a distributor

from the West Midlands.”

GT Ales’ range of beers

include Thirst of Many, Blonde

Ambition, North Coast IPA,

Dark Horse and Lazy 8 with

small batches of its GT# Series

produced throughout the year.

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