UK: Private Equity Firm to Close Brew By Numbers and Brick Brewery

The Brew by Numbers brewery, located on the Greenwich Peninsula in London, UK, has been shuttered by its new owners, the private equity firm Breal Group. The fate of its taproom at Morden Wharf now hangs in the balance. Beer production will be relocated to Masham, North Yorkshire, the headquarters of Black Sheep Brewery, which Breal also acquired last year.

Brew by Numbers was sold to Breal last summer after falling into administration. The brewery's original site in Bermondsey, a district in southeast London, was closed last year following the company's announcement of its intention to enter administration, citing "the cumulative Covid-19 debt burden and the recent cost of living crisis."

Additionally, Brick Brewery, situated in Peckham and Deptford in south-east London was also acquired by Breal last year and is set to depart from London.

To facilitate the production of Brew by Numbers and Brick beers, Black Sheep Brewery in Masham will construct a new brewhouse. "There will be a touch of southeast London in North Yorkshire," a spokesperson for Breal told The Drinks Business.

Mark Williams, CEO of Breal's brewing operations, informed The Grocer that the company's acquisition spree, which saw it acquire four breweries out of administration in 2023, is far from over. Breal aims to expand annual revenues from its beer operations nearly fourfold to GBP 100 million (USD 129m) by 2028.

The Breal Group, located in London, is a partnership of the two investors Brent Osborne and Alan McLaren from 2013. BREAL, as a word, is a formation of both their names,

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