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Heineken acquires minority stake in Brixton Brewery

DBR Staff Writer Published 29 November 2017

Dutch brewing giant Heineken has acquired a minority stake in UK-based craft brewing company Brixton Brewery.

The deal will enable Brixton Brewery to construct a new brewery in south London.

The amount of investment that is being made by Heineken has not been disclosed.

Brixton Brewery was founded in 2013 by two local couples, Jez and Libby and Mike and Xochitl. 

The company employs about 15 people and its beers have gone on sale in Italy and Hong Kong. However, Brixton said it cannot keep up with current demand.

The new site is estimated to increase Brixton's capacity from 12,000 pints a week to 60,000 and allow greater control over the process’

The expanded site will see Brixton develop new beers and innovate via its Ltd Edn range, resulting in the creation of more jobs and opportunities.

Brixton Brewery said in a statement: “To realise this unique and ambitious chance to grow in our home we needed serious investment. It was with pretty much perfect timing that we were contacted by Heineken UK. They had noticed us, liked what we were doing and wanted to see if we could work together somehow.”

Brixton continued saying: “We invited some of the Heineken team for a brew day and were impressed by their knowledge, passion and insight. We got to know them slowly, felt that we had common ground, and built a relationship of mutual trust and respect. We were delighted that they believed in our vision too.

The investment could double the jobs at the brewery from 15 to 30 in the months to come, stated the craft brewery.

Image: Brixton Brewery team Jez, Libby, Mike and Xochitl. Photo: Courtesy of Brixton Brewery Ltd.