Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Meantime to build new brewery

London brewers Meantime have secured their future by signing a lease on new brewery premises in Blackwall Lane, SE10. This means that the Meantime Brewing Company will be able to remain in Greenwich: the locality that gives the firm its name.
The 30,000 sq. ft. premises will be home to brand new brewing equipment, including a fully-automated 50 hectolitre brewhouse that will double Meantime's existing capacity overnight and enable an eventual quadrupling of the firms current 12,000 Hl production.
At a total cost of some GBP1.5m, the brewery move represents a major investment in manufacturing in the capital and is a significant element in the company's strategy to make Londoner's proud once more of their great brewing heritage. Not many Londoners will be aware that for centuries London was the brewing capital of the world, or that the South London firm Barclay Perkins, whose premises were to the south of the Tate Modern, was the world's largest brewery.
The story of beer and London will be told to visitors in the brewery's new, fully equipped training suite, as the facility, only 10 minutes walk from the O2 Arena, will be a significant tourist attraction in its own right
Just one and a quarter miles west of Meantime's present home, the Blackwall Lane site is much more accessible to the public. This will also facilitate the company's distribution to its central London customers, knocking some 2,500 miles off the company's annual mileage.
Meantime were assisted in locating and acquiring the premises by the active support local MP Nick Raynsford and the council who were determined that a lack of suitable business premises would not drive one of London's most successful manufacturing enterprises out of its home borough.
Although beer will not emerge from the new brewery until the summer, Greenwich residents will by then be used to the sight of those brewing vessels that have a role at the new brewery making sedate progress along the Woolwich Road as the old brewery is gradually decommissioned and the new brewery is assembled.
Meantime founder, brewmaster, and Brewer of the Year 2008, Alastair Hook, said: "This major investment will secure the future of Meantime and the jobs of our employees, by enabling us to streamline our production and satisfy the growing demand for our beer that we are experiencing as more and more Londoners are aware that great beer is being made on their doorstep. This is going to put Meantime firmly on the map of London."

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Blogger Johnny Norfolk said...

I have not tried any of their beers. I note that Beers of Europe sell some of them ( when they are not out of stock). They are about half hour drive from me so i will try some of them. They sound good . I am looking forward to the 7.5% IPA. anyone tried it? any other recomendations or is it over rated ???

8 December 2009 at 17:22  
Blogger Roger Protz said...

Their IPA is magnificent. It has some malty sweetness to balance the high hop rate and I suspect the original IPAs were like that. Some versions of IPA today, especially American ones, are often too bitter for comfort. Balance is essential to beer.
Meantime IPA and Porter are available in Sainsbury's.

8 December 2009 at 19:32  
Blogger Unknown said...

Brilliant news.

Their London Pale Ale is available in a good few London pubs and I've successfully had a few lager drinkers reassess their Carling when the Meantime lagers are around.

Their coffee porter is also perfect for drinking at home.

9 December 2009 at 13:30  
Blogger Johnny Norfolk said...

Thats it. I am off tomorrow to Beers of Europe with or without Mrs Ns permission. I have asked Sainsbury to inform me what they sell in their Norfolk stores, but of course no reply.

9 December 2009 at 17:11  

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