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1st December 2017

Butcombe opens new depot and acquires two pubs

Butcombe Brewing Company is announcing the opening of its new Bridgwater depot.

The new 54,000 square foot depot provides 12 local jobs and supports the double-digit growth in Butcombe’s keg range which includes Butcombe Original, Goram (Avon IPA), and Bohemia (Pilsner). The facilities at the depot include a craft beer production unit, alongside a beer storage and delivery facility. Butcombe have also purchased a bottling and kegging line which will bring the quality control of their bottled and kegs beers back in house.

In addition to the new depot, Butcombe have also acquired two pubs in Somerset. Today, Butcombe have completed the purchase of the Bower Inn in Bridgwater – an attractive 18th century pub offering guests a choice of 16 well-appointed ensuite rooms, set in a picturesque cottage garden. The purchase allows Butcombe to provide a total of 70 bedrooms within its Managed estate. Last week, Butcombe also acquired the Rodney Stoke Inn on the edge of the beautiful Mendip Hills. The pub also joins Butcombe’s growing Managed estate.

The two separate acquisitions increase Butcombe’s total estate to 45 pubs – more than doubling in size since the start of the year. To support their staff, Butcombe Pubs & Inns launched their much anticipated Butcombe Academy on the 23rd November alongside HIT training. This is the first stage to its training program which will also see the introduction of CPL online training throughout the Managed and Tenanted estates across The Liberation Group.

The new depot and pub acquisitions support The Liberation Group’s strategy of building Butcombe into the leading West Country regional brewer and pub owner.

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 of becoming the top Brewer and Pub Company in the West Country. 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.”


About Butcombe Brewery

Butcombe Brewery Co. was founded in 1978 and has been an icon of the real beer movement ever since. With an ever-expanding estate of 45 pubs, Butcombe Brewing Co. now forms part of the Liberation Group, it is moving into a new, exciting phase of its journey, expanding its beer and cider range as well as its Pubs and Inns estate.

Further information:

Henry Conner Senior Account Executive D +44 207 457 2024 | M 07709 577073