Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Future looks grim for Highgate

Highgate Brewery in Walsall, West Midlands, went into administration on 22 September, owing Customs & Excise around £1 million in unpaid excise duty. The administrators plan to sell the company for £80,000 to two property developers, Simon Toon and David Lindil. As the redbrick Victorian brewery is in a residential area, there are fears the new owners will turn the brewery into accommodation.
Highgate opened in 1898 and was an independent company until 1938, when it bought by Mitchells & Butlers of Birmingham. When M&B became part of the Bass group, Highgate was the smallest Bass plant and produced only dark mild ales.
Highgate was bought by its management in 1995 and was later acquired by the Aston Manor packaged beer and cider manfufacturer in 2000. In 2007, Highgate was bought once more, this time by the Birmingham-based pub group, Global Star.
While Highgate remained best know for Dark Mild and Old Ale, the portfolio grew in recent years. A number of beers labelled Davenports recalled a long-closed Birmingham brewery while M&B Mild was produced for the Mithcells & Butlers pub chain.


Blogger Johnny Norfolk said...

Market forces at work again. Its no wonder it has problems after 12 years of Labour, it will not be the last.

23 September 2009 at 16:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You call the current govt. Labour ??
It makes the LibDems sound like raving commies !

23 September 2009 at 18:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny that one of the new owners has same surname as the old!!

The beautiful historic landmark will be flats in no time - a crying shame. And a bit of a blow for small companies who supplied them!

1 October 2009 at 11:38  

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