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26th June 2012


Leading independent brewer Hall & Woodhouse is building on the success of its Badger beers with the official opening this month of a new £5 million brewery in Blandford, Dorset.

Located a stone’s throw from its former site, this state-of-the-art brewery has the flexibility to produce Badger’s widely recognised range of twelve beers as well as to allow for future growth.  The brewing equipment within the brewhouse was fabricated and built in England by Musk Engineering to a specification that will meet Hall & Woodhouse’s brewing requirements now and for the next 100 years.  The success of the iconic Badger range, now a leading bottled ale in supermarkets and internationally available in 15 countries, has driven the new brewery development.

The full range of Badger ales has been brewed in the new brewhouse since January 2012 and it is to the credit of Toby Heasman, Head Brewer and his team that the transition has been smooth and problem-free.

Said Mark Woodhouse, “This investment shows our commitment to the future of brewing and the Badger brand. As a new brewhouse is only going to happen once in a generation, we wanted to make sure we marked the occasion with a month long celebration throughout June.  Family, friends, shareholders, team members and business partners are all joining in and a host of events are taking place such as the Brew ha ha dinner.

“We welcome visitors to the new brewery and tours can be booked through our website at

If you would like further information, images or would like to come and visit the new Hall & Woodhouse Brewery please call Nickie Davies, Positive PR, tel: 01935 389497 or email:


For further information please contact David French, Beer Company Director, Hall & Woodhouse, tel: 01258 452141 or


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Background information:


Hall & Woodhouse has been brewing in the heart of the Dorset countryside since 1777.  As one of the leading independent brewers in the UK, Hall & Woodhouse is well known for its range of award-winning ales brewed under the Badger brand and its network of public houses throughout the South of England.  2012 has been a year of celebration for the company, Head Brewer, Toby Heasman has been awarded Brewer of the Year by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group and Hall & Woodhouse was awarded The Best Tenanted/Lease Pub Company (10-199 pubs) in the Publican Awards.   In addition, the company’s new brewhouse was officially opened in June, continuing the legacy and   securing the future of brewing in Blandford, Dorset for the next 100 years.   The Brewery, which is now managed by the fifth generation of the Woodhouse family, is justifiably proud of the quality of its ales which are brewed with Dorset spring water filtered through the Cretaceous chalk downs and drawn up 120 feet from the Brewery’s own wells.



Nickie Davies