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ELB's Sarah Allan, Claire Ashbridge-Thomlinson and Stuart Lascelles: looking to double capacity to a 20-barrel plant

East London Brewing seeks half million in investment

Leyton-based East London Brewing Company (ELB) has announced that it is seeking external funding to the tune of £500,000 to double its brewing capacity and open a tap room.

The planned expansion will double the brewhouse from 10 barrels to 20, providing the company capacity to drive sales in the UK and abroad.

Founded by Stuart Lascelles and Claire Ashbridge-Thomlinson in 2011 and self-funded ever since, the brewery has achieved year-on-year growth and is now hitting capacity at peak times.

“We’ve come a long way since we gave up our day jobs,” said Ashbridge-Thomlinson. “Seven years down the line both of us are working full time at the brewery, we’ve expanded into three adjacent units and have a team of wonderful people brewing a range of award-winning regular ales, complemented by seasonal specials.”

Starting with cask ales, ELB has since moved into keg and, most recently, cans.

“Our solid customer base includes local independents, national companies and everything in-between, but capacity has become a real issue – so we need to upgrade the plant and take the business to the next level.”

Phil Mellows
12th March 2018

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