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Carlsberg UK will look to return brewing of London Fields to its original home under Hackney railway arches

Carlsberg UK acquires London Fields

Troubled London Fields Brewery has been acquired by Carlsberg UK, which will run it as a joint venture with Brooklyn Brewery.

Announcing the deal this morning, Carlsberg said London Fields would continue to operate as an independent business with its beer range becoming part of the Danish brewer’s core portfolio in the UK.

It will also join the House of Beers range through which Carlsberg targets premium venues across London and other major cities, and which already includes Brooklyn’s craft beers.

"We’re thrilled to add London Fields Brewery to our growing portfolio of craft and specialty beers," said Julian Momen, Carlsberg UK's CEO. “Our customers, and specifically those in London and other major cities, are looking to us to offer them the best possible range of interesting beers and we think that, with nurturing, London Fields has huge potential. It’s the right move for us as we build a credible craft portfolio.”

London Fields, founded in 2011, was put on the market last year after owner Julian De Vere Whiteway-Wilkinson was charged in a £700,000 tax fraud case. His trial collapsed in January.

Its beers, including Craft Lager, East IPA and Shoreditch Triangle IPA, are currently being brewed elsewhere. Carlsberg said that it will invest in the brewer’s original home under Hackney railway arches, reintroducing brewing and upgrading the existing tap room and events space.

As part of the joint venture, Brooklyn Brewery will work with the London Fields team to develop new recipes.

“The range of beers, their eye-catching artwork and the great location of the brewery makes for a fantastic platform,” said Eric Ottaway, CEO of Brooklyn Brewery. “London Fields Brewery is surrounded by a thriving creative community that reminds us of home, and we're looking forward to becoming part of it.”

Momen added, “We thank Julian De Vere Whiteway-Wilkinson for his work in establishing London Fields Brewery and the creation of this exciting brand, and we wish him well in the future.

“Looking ahead, we’re thrilled and energised to be working with Brooklyn Brewery to create something very special in Hackney in the years to come.”

Phil Mellows 
3rd July 2017

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