Butcombe Brewery continues expansion with new depot and pubs

01/12/2017 - 07:00
Butcombe Brewery Co, a Bristol-based pub operator and brewer, has opened a new depot and acquired two new pubs as it continues its fast rate of expansion.

The latest acquisitions mean the company has now more than doubled its pub estate since the start of the year to 45.

The new additions to the group’s growing portfolio are two inns located in Somerset; the 18th century Bower Inn in Bridegwater and the Rodney Stoke Inn on the edge of the Mendip Hills.

Bridgewater is also the location of the firm’s new 54,000 sq ft. depot which has facilities including a craft beer production unit, alongside a beer storage and delivery facility.

It has also purchased a bottling and kegging line which will bring the quality control of their bottled and kegs beers back in house.

Established in 1978, Butcombe is part of The Liberation Group pub company which aims to make turn the Bristol firm into the leading brewer and pub operator in the West Country.

Mark Crowther, chief executive of The Liberation Group, said: “The opening of our new depot, academy, and our rapidly expanding pub estate are vital parts of Butcombe’s landmark year, as we’ve moved closer to our goal.

"Our depot will allow us to increase production to keep pace with growing demand, and serve our customers more effectively at a lower cost. We intend to reinvest the savings into the development of the Butcombe beer brands to secure our future growth.

“The two high-quality pub acquisition enhance our expanding portfolio, and strengthen our presence in our West Country heartland.

"These pubs complement our existing portfolio and will benefit from supply by our market leading regional brewery with its well-known brands. We pride ourselves on supporting our staff and tenants to offer excellent service.”

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