Future looks grim for Highgate
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.