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27th January 2021

St Peter’s Brewery Sold to Private Investors

Traditional British craft brewer stays in private hands

One of the UK’s first craft brewers, St Peter’s, has been bought by a group of private individuals for an undisclosed sum.

St Peter’s was founded in Suffolk by John Murphy, who developed and ran the business for 23 years. He has now taken the difficult decision to retire and sell the business. He is delighted to have found a team that will continue his legacy and continue to make high quality, traditional beers.

Known for its expertly brewed beer, its Suffolk roots and quirky oval bottle, St Peter’s has a loyal following in over 20 countries. The new owners are friends who have worked together and share a passion for beer. The new team will be led by Derek Jones, CEO.

Derek is a seasoned beer man with more than 20 years of global beer experience, including at MolsonCoors and SABMiller. “This is an incredibly exciting new chapter for St Peter’s Brewery,” he says. “St Peter’s has strong roots and a very distinctive identity. It is a powerful platform from which to grow the business into the future.”

John Murphy had a clear vision for the brand, and we want to build on that. We will invest in the brewery in Suffolk from the outset to maintain quality while meeting growing demand.We believe the staff St Peter’s have contributed enormously to the company’s success and are key to its future. We look forward to working with this excellent team and making some really good British beer,” he adds.

St. Peter’s is one of Britain’s original craft breweries, located in the grounds of the ancient moated St. Peter’s Hall, deep in the Suffolk countryside. It creates truly distinctive ales and alcohol-free beers in the iconic oval bottle, and in casks and kegs. It also owns and runs the historic Jerusalem Tavern in Clerkenwell, London.

Janet and John Murphy were advised by Dave McCarthy at DrinksAdviser.

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Press release from Nicola Whiteford PR on behalf of St Peter’s Brewery

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