Carlsberg Marston's Brewing Company (CMBC) has announced its intention to close Wychwood Brewery, located in Witney in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, starting this November.
The brewery has been producing some of the finest beers for more than 150 years and will continue its regular operations over the next few months before ceasing production.
However, Wychwood's popular brands, including Hobgoblin ales, Firecatcher, and Dry Neck beers, will maintain their presence as they are transitioned to be brewed at CMBC's other facilities, such as Marston's Brewery in Burton-on-Trent.
During the consultation period surrounding the proposed closure, CMBC is committed to offering support to its employees based at the Wychwood Brewery. The company will also actively explore opportunities for redeployment within its operations.
Paul Davies, CEO of Carlsberg Marston's Brewing Company, acknowledged the strong attachment to Wychwood Brewery and emphasized their primary focus on providing comprehensive support during the consultation phase. He cited the highly competitive nature of the UK ale market, coupled with economic uncertainties, as the driving forces behind this decision. Utilizing the break clause in the brewery's lease will enable CMBC to consolidate its brewing network, thereby achieving enhanced efficiency and productivity, while continuing to invest in its workforce and business.